Bruce Thomas Reinecke

November 17, 1961July 4, 2018

Bruce Thomas Reinecke, 56, of Raleigh, died on July 4, 2018. Bruce was an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef. He completed the American Culinary Federation apprenticeship program where he developed his skills under Chef John Sinkeldam. He was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in 2013. This is the honor society of the ACF and represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. Early in his career, he worked as the opening Executive Chef for the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP. One of the youngest Executive Chefs in the business to accomplish this complex and huge of an opening. Bruce owned and operated his own restaurant in Angier, NC. For over 10 years the Crepe Myrtle Café served amazing fresh fast food. He was well received in the community and his restaurant was a success.

For the last fifteen years, he worked for Aramark as an industry chef, in both the business dining and hospital settings.

Bruce loved his family and was extremely proud of all his nieces and nephews, both blood and non- blood relations. UB to many, Aunt Bruce to others and Uncle Bruce. Bruce had an extended network of friends and he will be missed by many.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary H. Reinecke; father, Reverend Roderick L. Reinecke; mother, Carolyn E. Lee; brother, David S. Reinecke (Denise); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael T. Reinecke and John W. Reinecke.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 2:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, followed by a reception, also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Special Olympics (, Chef and the Child Initiative ( or the Autism Society of NC (


  • Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary H. Reinecke; father, Reverend Roderick L. Reinecke; mother, Carolyn E. Lee; brother, David S. Reinecke (Denise); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael T. Reinecke and John W. Reinecke.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Heather Gillikin

July 11, 2018

I cannot say enough how much Bruce meant to me as a person and a co-worker. I had the privilege to work with Bruce at Duke Raleigh Hospital and although it was only a short time, compared to many places he has worked before, it was long enough to build a friendship. He was one of the funniest, sweetest, and most caring of people I have worked with. We laughed together and dealt with our frustrations together. :) Even after he transferred to Big Duke, him and I kept in contact. He always asked about me and my family and my only regret was that we didn't have more time. To hear of his passing was so much more than a shock to my heart. I will truly miss you, Bruce!! You and your wife Mary, and family will always be in my heart! RIP dear Buddy!!

The attached photo is one Bruce took with our, then CEO of Duke Raleigh Hosp, as he won yet another award for his talents as a chef!

Doris Schomberg

July 11, 2018

We were so sorry to learn of the passing of Bruce. He was so professional in all ways ad so very helpful to the Culinary Advisory Board at Alamance Community College for many years. He was always willing to help critique the capstones and do all he possibly could to help the students learn culinary skills and learn to be professional chefs. We will miss him next week at the national meeting as he surely would have been in our student competition fan club! Our thoughts are will you, Mary.


July 9, 2018

Bruce was one of the first chefs I met, at the time he was under the expert eye and care of Chef John Sinkledam at Bermuda run Country Club as his apprentice. From this entry level start in the culinary world, Bruce excelled in managing numerous culinary operations and culinary competitions. The Triad and Triangle ACF chapters greatly benefited from his leadership. Bruce you will be greatly missed; after we recover from the shock of our loss we will sing your praises as One Who Really made a Difference!! Thank you. Mary please know that Bruce brought knowledge, happiness and joy to the lives of many culinarians, thank you for sharing him with us.

Jeff Bacon

July 9, 2018

Bruce was one of the first chefs I met when I returned to NC in 1996. I remember being amazed that one chef could have his fingers in so many projects, work, family, ACF, competitions, community service. It amazed me. Years later I reached out to Bruce for help in starting a NC culinary salon similar to one he helped run for years. The assistance and advice he gave were invaluable and that salon went on to great success (though not as great as the one Bruce ran). I served on a board with Bruce where I got to know him better and developed a friendship that has stood the test of time. I never heard anyone say anything bad about him. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Friend

Howard Murphy

July 8, 2018

Just received word of Chef Bruce's passing . Hard to believe that only less than a week ago we both chatted about retirement and vacation during the 4th of July week ... Chef was one of my favorite clients, always bringing humor to my day when I saw him. He was and will always be remembered as one of the most professional Chefs I've ever encountered..
Blessings and prayers for all of his family.

Howard Murphy
Area Manager
Hershey Creamery Company

Phil Talley

July 8, 2018

It's hard to believe we're at this point, but here goes. One thing for sure is that Bruce seemed to always be happy and upbeat. I remember him driving down the intersate here in Alamance county, and it was about twenty degrees outside and he decided that we should roll down all the windows to see who can stand the cold the longest. I lost of course! What a hoot! He always remembered my birthday and never expected me to remember his. Very unselfish of him. He was always unselfish, a great attribute! I'll miss him sorely.

Amy English

July 7, 2018

You came to my house to visit me when I was injured, and you ended up marrying my sister. You remained a constant in my life for many years. Sending love for your journey dear friend.

Family, friend, uncle, bro in law you will be missed. My son will be lost without you . . . But my heart is filled with gratitude that you were a part of his life. Always a valued member of the brother in laws club, you willl be missed.

“Listen, smile, agree and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway”

Much love Bruce . . . Until we meet again.

John Sees

July 7, 2018

I will always remember Bruce as one of the most loving and giving people I have ever known. But there were two things about him that always amazed me...
He was ALWAYS willing to help others, and usually before help was asked for.
And, he was a first class chef, who’s favorite food was hot dogs.
He is one of a very few friends who stayed in touch with, going back to middle school and was always there for me when I needed a friend...
RIP my friend.