Chris Edward Brauer, 68, of Poquoson, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, after a short and courageous battle with a rare brain tumor. He was born on August 23, 1954, in Richmond, to the late Francis “Buddy” Brauer and Thelma “Jeannie” Brauer. Chris was a resident of Poquoson for over 55 years. You often hear about what someone does during the dash between their years, Chris did more during his dash than most do in a lifetime. Chris was a 1973 graduate of Poquoson High School and after graduation entered the United States Army where he served honorably for three years. After the military Chris entered law enforcement, serving on the Poquoson Police Force, and the Hampton Police Force. Chris also earned his degree in Criminal Justice during this time. Chris had a great head for business, over the years he had several plumbing companies, built houses, and had restaurants. In the 80’s he entered the seafood industry starting with East Coast Fish & Scallop Co., when it sold and became Chesapeake Bay Packing, he stayed as Operations Director. Chris traveled around the globe representing Chesapeake Bay, introducing scallops to various international markets. Chris retired from Chesapeake Bay in January of 2014; he then went to work for Fleet Fisheries of Massachusetts who acquired the fleet of boats he previously managed. The fleet sold once again and Chris semi-retired, however, remaining with Fleet Fisheries as a consultant until his passing. Chris was a large presence and driving force in the seafood industry, serving on various boards and committees, and was often sought out for his expertise and advice regarding the industry. Chris was also part owner of Haulback Marine Services where he worked with his son Clint for several years.
Chris had lots of varied interests, but the one he loved the most was traveling. He was happiest when he was behind the wheel of a vehicle. It did not matter if he was driving to Florida, the back roads of Costa Rica, to Little Washington, NC to get hotdogs, to Hanover to get tomatoes, or his and Kathy’s nightly Poquoson 500 looking for deer. Chris never knew a stranger and could light up a room the minute he walked in. He had a larger-than-life personality and enjoyed cutting up and carrying on with anyone he came across. He will be missed by all that knew him. Chris was preceded in death by his parents, and his grandson Harrison Edward Brauer. Chris was a loving husband, father and Gaga/Granddaddy to his children and grandchildren. Chris was a member of Keep the Promise Ministries and enjoyed a special friendship with Pastor Buddy Chapman. Chris leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Kathy Evans Brauer, his children Clint E. Brauer and Valerie N. Blink, his bonus children Stewart E. Millen (Courtney), and Shannon K. Millen, his grandchildren Caden, Hattie, Audrey, River and Julie, his sister Jerry B. Weaver (Jim), his brothers Randy Brauer (Joy) and Brad Brauer (Margie), and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be private, however, there will be a Celebration of Life on Thursday, October 13th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Poquoson Diner, 480 Wythe Creek Road, Poquoson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to Keep the Promise Ministries, 402-D Wythe Creek Road, Poquoson, VA 23662
Arrangements and heartfelt guidance by Claytor Rollins Funeral Home
Condolences to Claytorrollins.com
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Chris Edward Brauer, please visit our floral store.
Keep The Promise Ministry
402-D Wythe Creek Road, Poquoson VA 23662