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Darrell Joseph Markovitch, 68

WILMINGTON — Darrell Joseph Markovitch, age 68, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 after a long courageous battle with Myelofibrosis Leukemia.

Darrell was born on December 26th, 1953 to the late John and Marty Markovitch in Daytona Beach, Florida where he lived until college and then moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to be with the love of his life, Sally.  Upon arriving in Wilmington, Darrell began his thirty-eight year career at General Electric Nuclear Division.

He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Sally Wolfe Markovitch, Daughter Amanda Love Singletary (Jess) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Daughter Kirstan Hope Markovitch of Trumbull, Connecticut, and Grandson John Clark Singletary of Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is also survived by his cousin, Karen Gast-Brochard (Pete) of Cocoa, FL, dearest in-laws, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Darrell began his surfing obsession in the early 1970’s.  He was an avid surfer for nearly forty-five years.  His love of the sea never stopped.  His love of fishing took over in his later years.  He was complete in or on the water.  He always said the water nourished his soul.  He was quick to notice schools of fish, sea turtles, osprey and bald eagles, and all wildlife our beautiful coastline provides. There was not a rainbow, full moon, nor good storm that went unappreciated. He, indeed, cherished all of nature’s gifts.

Upon retirement, Darrell volunteered his time to the Topsail High School Girls Varsity Soccer team as an Assistant Coach for several years. His positive influence resonated with several players who considered him a strong mentor during their high school years and beyond.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday May 7, 2022 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 107 Deerfield Drive Hampstead, NC 28443.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the following organizations: Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Ctr. Coastal conservation association of NC 

“My soul is full of longing for the sea, in the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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