Bruce Stephen Bunce of East Hampton passed away on June 13, 2013 in Lady Lake, Florida having briefly relocated there to be cared for and comforted by family members due to complications from recently diagnosed cancer. He was just 60 years-old.
Born in Amityville, NY on February 19, 1953, he was the first of five children of Albert J. and Patricia Bunce of Lady Lake, Florida, former long-time residents of Cosdrew Lane, East Hampton. After attending East Hampton High School he pursued his love for cooking and eventually, with no formal training and only natural talent, worked with and under some of the best chefs in our area at fine establishments including Gordon's of Amagansett, The Maidstone and the former Spring Close House for many years.
Among some of his family's favorite dishes he often prepared were his unrivaled stuffed flounder and scampi. His creamed spinach took top honors, recalled Robin Shepard, who despite being his favorite (and only) sister, said he would never divulge his exact recipe to her.
He eventually partnered in his family-owned business of Long Island Coffee Company and Vermont Pure bottled water distributor for many years until the company was sold. He had been working for Gosman's Fish Market in Montauk upon learning of his illness.
A great father, son, brother, uncle and brother-in-law, Bruce enjoyed family gatherings and all of his family members who loved him dearly. He is survived by both his parents, Patricia and Al, his only son, Robert Bunce of Hicksville, four siblings: Robin Shepard (Donny) of North Carolina, Michael Bunce Sr. (Jeanne) of Water Mill, Kevin Bunce Sr. (Meg) of East Hampton, and Keith Bunce (Lynda) of North Carolina and his former wife Patricia (nee Voohries) Bunce.
He was a cherished uncle to John Knight, Amy Commander, Donny Shepard Jr., Michael Bunce, Jr., Christopher Bunce, Kevin Bunce Jr. and Georgia Bunce. He was great uncle to Jack and Stephen Commander. He will be greatly missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and especially by his good friend Maria Delvecchio. Upon learning of her uncle's passing, his youngest niece, Georgia, carefully illustrated a card and in the simple words of an eight-year old wrote: "Dear Uncle Bruce, I hope you had a good time on earth. I will miss you. Love, Georgia."
On Sunday June 16, a small private service was held in Lady Lake Florida by a family pastor. His remains were cremated and his ashes will be spread off Montauk Pt. at his request during a memorial service to be held there in October.
Letters of condolences can be sent to Pat and Al Bunce, 1626 Bay Meadows Lane, Lady Lake Florida, 32159. His family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Montauk Lighthouse Museum at P.O. Box 943 Montauk, New York 11954