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Michael “Bryan” Klecz

Posted By obits On June 14, 2022 @ 12:15 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 18 Comments

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Michael “Bryan” Klecz, age 60, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away on June 11, 2022. He was born in Baltimore, MD on April 11, 1962 to Michael N. Klecz and Patricia Westinghouse Klecz. Ask anyone who knew him and they will tell you, Bryan had a tremendous love of music. The Beatles were always his favorite band. His love of music started when he was a toddler. He would even sing “Loves you yea yea yea” in his crib.

Bryan graduated from Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, MD in 1980. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served 6 years as a second-class electronics technician. After the military, Bryan held supervisory positions in the electrical shops of several shipyards in the Norfolk/Chesapeake area.

Through the many years he lived in Chesapeake, he was a member of multiple successful local bands including Cat’s Courageous, Vintage, and others. He was a true musician through and through.

Bryan married the love of his life, Loretta Scholl-Klecz, in September 1994. Together they had the type of marriage most people dream about. He lost his wife in April 2018.

10 years ago, Bryan became a Master Mason in Portsmouth Lodge #100, in Portsmouth, VA. He rose to the position of Master of the Lodge. He was then elected to District Deputy Grand Master.

Bryan was simply the nicest guy and would do anything for anyone. His dark sense of humor and infectious laugh will truly be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Warner and his loving wife, Loretta Klecz. He is survived by his father, Michael N. Klecz (Marita), stepdaughter Angela Pasquarelli (Joel), brother Shawn Klecz (Nichole), sister Susan Klecz Gorman (Jamey), nephew Kyle Shepherd, and niece Lily Gorman.

Bryan also leaves behind a very large group of many good and true friends, and his furry friend Spotted Cat.

A private memorial will be held with family members. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Portsmouth Masonic Lodge #100 A.F. & A.M., 1114 Hodges Ferry Road, Portsmouth, VA 23701.

Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Klecz family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com.

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Twiford Funeral Home (Elizabeth City)

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405 East Church Street,
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
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Condolence from David Lupton on June 14th, 2022 7:45 pm

He was a good friend and brother and I will miss him a lot

Condolence from TERRY HILTON on June 15th, 2022 10:10 am

Thoughts and prayers for all of the family of RW Bro. Bryan. He was a good man and always great to work with during his time as District Deputy. I loved his sense of humor! We will all miss him and the good things he did for his Lodge and all of Masonry. May God bless you during this sad time.

Condolence from James Reigel on June 15th, 2022 3:42 pm

Bryan was a very good friend of mine with or without the bands we played in together. I will really miss the humor that he would put in everything that we did together. After Loretta had passed away, I tried my best to keep up with him and help him through those very hard times. I had the honor of working with him on a lot of projects, which I thought would help him through those hard times, and he had that voice that was always pitch perfect, whether it was main or backup, which he did it all. When I look up in the stars tonight, I will be looking for the brightest, twinkling star in the sky and I’ll know that it’s him and now he’ll be reunited with the love of his life again forever. Rest in peace my brother and know that Mary and I will always love and remember you and definitely will miss you.

Condolence from Mike Jacobson on June 15th, 2022 5:04 pm

R.I.P. brother always loved to hear you play your guitar and sing!cheers

Condolence from Shawn (lil brother) Klecz on June 15th, 2022 8:25 pm

Hello all and thank you for posting a comment or two or a memory of Brother Bryan…. My brother! I would not be the person I am today without him! I thank God for you! You and Miss. Loretta enjoy each other!
I miss you… Susan misses you…. Dad misses you the most.

Condolence from Darrel Johnson on June 16th, 2022 11:51 am

A great friend and musician. You will be missed. Welcome home Bryan, rest in peace.

Condolence from Charles MacWilliams on June 16th, 2022 1:29 pm

My condolences,I was a friend from days gone by,lots of good memories, Chuck

Condolence from Gina on June 16th, 2022 2:37 pm

Mr Bryan was always so kind. I met him a few years ago when he was District Deputy and I was wrapping a H.E.R. Shelter box for our Bethel/Lodge to fill.
He was ever so excited to talk about his latest Fender guitar or his career during his rock star glory days.
I will miss our Monday morning conversations over breakfast at the lodge.
Rock In Peace Mr. Bryan, I’ll always remember you as a rockstar.

Condolence from Roger Aguiar on June 16th, 2022 4:40 pm

A true friend and a great Musician ,, going to miss you and our talks together, Till we meet again , Rest Peacefully Bryan

Condolence from Mary Carol Lynch on June 17th, 2022 12:57 pm

Bryan was a new friend that I was just getting to know . His passion for music, humor and great laugh drew me to him. We met through Beeta , who’s husband was good buddies with and band mates. I enjoyed hanging out with Bryan- dinner, movie, meeting friends and family or just hanging out or talking on the phone. I loved his smile! Thank you for making me feel welcome to his family and friends I met. I will truly miss him. I was glad I could be his friend!

Condolence from Randy Curley on June 18th, 2022 4:56 pm

I met Bryan about 30 years ago and have so many great memories. We worked together for 6-8 years in the early 2000s, he kept us all entertained with his unique sense of humor. Asked him many times what planet he came from, and how did sweet Loretta put up with his quirks. I’ve rarely seen a bond like they had, such natural love and devotion. We became quite close since her passing and I had the pleasure of many hours of his company, we laughed a lot. Visited with him last just a few days ago, we sat at his mixing board for an hour or two listening and tweaking a Beatles song he had put together from multiple tracks, all played by him. He said he trusted my opinion as the audience, high praise indeed. Loved him like a brother, will think about him often, he was a true and special friend.

Condolence from Andrew Powell on June 19th, 2022 9:20 am

Brian was a good friend and brother to me . He was not only my supervisor in the shipyard, but my brother in the craft , and a friend . We texted often , I will miss him . I fast and pray that the peace and blessings of the Most High reign on his family .

Condolence from Brian Brownell on June 19th, 2022 10:59 am

Bryan, I, and another good friend of Bryan’s, Steve Swafford, were on the Navy together back in the early 80s. We spent many a night together in Norfolk drinking beer and tequila,, listening to music and generally having a great time! Bryan was a great guitar player and a motor head. Always talking about engines. I was heartbroken to hear the news from Steve of Bryan’s untimely passing. I will never forget Bryan. He was definitely one of a kind. My heartfelt prayers to Bryan’s Dad and siblings.

Condolence from Steven Swafford on June 21st, 2022 8:20 pm

Bryan and I have been friends since 1982. We served together in the Navy and were also room mates. We kept in touch over the years and got together several time after his dad moved to my town. I was fortunate enough to see Bryan back in December and meet his siblings, Shawn and Susan. I share some fond memories with some old friends of some of the mischief we got into with Bryan. He was a character. I will truly miss him.

Condolence from Anthony Lewis on June 23rd, 2022 9:25 am

This was a great loss. He was one of the few that I called frienf. We worked together side by side in a couple shipyard and continued a friendship even after we parted. I was fortunate enough to meet his father at Lyons Shipyard. Impressive! I wish you strength!

Condolence from Scott & Teresa Fayna on June 25th, 2022 1:14 pm

We are truly devastated by the loss of our brother, best friend, and bandmate. We know your pain is over and you are with your sweet Loretta. We know you and she are together again. Our sincere condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace our friend.

Condolence from Avery Byers on July 22nd, 2022 4:49 pm

Klecz family, please accept my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences as I grieve your loss with you. Bryan and I had been friends for over 30 years and we talked frequently for an hour at a time, He was a great friend and is already sorely missed. You are in my prayers and I hope that if there’s ever anything I can do to assist in some way that you’ll let me know. Bryan won’t be forgotten by me.

Condolence from Roberta (Beeta) Crow on August 5th, 2022 1:00 pm

It was about thirty eight years ago when I first met Bryan. He and my husband were fellow musicians . They not only became the best of friends, but ended up playing numerous gigs together in a variety of bands ranging from classic rock to country music. They performed all over the Tidewater area and sometimes beyond-in many taverns, at weddings, festivals, and New Year’s Eve parties. Now not only did they play music together, but they ended up being employed together on more than one occasion, as they both had a background in electronics .

One of my favorite stories of the two of them is when they decided to take a night shift for a local company where they had to monitor gauges and adjust them throughout the night. They figured they would be the only ones working the shift, and this allotted them the opportunity to rehearse their music together. One night one of the managers decided to stop by-just as they had taken a break from playing- and they were almost caught! Ha!

Bryan called Michael on a regular basis. I could always tell when Bryan was on the phone, as my husband would laugh so hard that sometimes he would almost fall out of his seat!

In 1998, my husband, Michael Raab, passed away. Bryan told me that as he went to sleep , he saw my husband’s face smiling at him – which gave him much comfort. Interesting enough, I was able to share the same story with Bryan.

After that, Bryan and I lost touch for many years . However, a few years back, Bryan called me, and I began to hear from him periodically. After Loretta passed away, Bryan again reached out to me . However, this time , we remained in contact and suddenly I was the one who would laugh so hard while talking on the phone and almost fall out of MY seat! Ha!

I miss Bryan. I miss getting together, eating lumpia, the frequent phone calls, and I especially miss the laughter and great stories. I look around my house and I see some of the of furniture Bryan so generously gave me. He once told me he could not bear to hold on to some things, as they reminded him of too much of Loretta.

I will forever cherish these pieces- as they now remind me of Bryan.

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