Bradford Martin Creef, 58, of 2007 County Street, Elizabeth City, NC, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Albemarle Hospital. Born in Elizabeth City, NC, he was the son of the late Bradford Leon and Helen Cox Creef and was the husband of Marianne Leary Creef.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Creef is survived by a daughter, Mandy Creef and Joshua Smith of Elizabeth City, NC; four sisters, Beverly Russell and husband Steve of Elizabeth City, NC, Brenda Godfrey and husband Norman of Elizabeth City, NC, Judy Bateman and husband Earl of Hertford, NC and Christie Owens and Dale Hewitt of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, Carson Creef and Janet Sawyer of Elizabeth City, NC; three brothers-in-law, Tom LaCombe of Elizabeth City, NC, Norman “Buddy” Leary and wife Tracey of Camden, NC and Johnny Leary and wife Susan of Elizabeth City, NC; several nieces and nephews and his faithful canine companion, Keegan. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Miriam LaCombe and a nephew, Little Bradford.
Martin was one of those special people that come along rarely in one’s life. He never met a stranger and was loved by all who had the privilege to know him. He and Marianne were inseparable from the time they began dating at very young ages. Their joy was complete when they were blessed with their daughter Mandy.
Martin was known as a hard working man and always wanted to do the best job he could do. His most recent employment was with Pepsi Bottling Ventures in Elizabeth City where he worked for 15 years until his health prevented him from continuing.
When faced with the diagnosis of cancer he told the doctors he was going to do everything he could to beat it and he was going to take everything they threw at him. Even on his last day he said he wasn’t giving up.
Martin was known as “Brother” to his sisters, brother and in-laws. His many nieces and nephews called him “Uncle Brother” and he loved each and every one of them like they were his own. Because he was a brother to all in the true sense of the word, even people who were not related would call him Brother. He was always the first to ask if there was anything he could do to help someone. He always put the needs of others before his own.
Though Martin’s passing leaves a huge void in our hearts, the example he set through his kindness, generosity and his loving spirit made a tremendous impact and he will live on in the minds and hearts of so many. He will never be forgotten.
Martin, until we are together again, I love you forever and always, Marianne.
Daddy, thank you for setting an example of a good, strong man who truly cared about everyone. I’ll always be your little girl. I love you so much, Mandy.
A memorial service will take place Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with Mr. Wayne Owens officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.; immediately following the service in the lobby of the funeral home and at other times at the residence of Earl and Judy Bateman, 190 Old US 17, Hertford, NC. Flowers are welcomed or memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina, P.O. Box 1722, Elizabeth City, NC 27906. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Creef family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences