Whitinsville- John L. Brooks, 72, died Monday, July 16 at home, after a period of declining health. John leaves his son Michael Brooks and his wife Crystal and their three daughters, Savanna, Lillian and Barbara Ann, with whom he lived. He also leaves his aunt Barbara Aronson, of Whitinsville. He was predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Suzanne (McKenzie) in 2014.
John was the only child of Marty and Ruth Agnes (Dow) Brooks. He was born March 11, 1946 in Chelsea and he grew up in Newton. He was drafted into the US Army and served as a medic in Vietnam. A dedicated worker, John was constantly going to school to improve his employment skills whether by taking welding or computer courses or by attending Peterson’s School of Steam Engineering. He worked in many industries, including General Motors as a millwright, the Leahy Clinic and ultimately retiring as a 2nd class engineer from American Power in 2008.
He enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting and camping with his son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughters. He was a member of the Franklin Elks Lodge #2136, American Legion Post #0462, and a life-time honorary member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. With Suzanne, John enjoyed traveling; Maine was a special place for them. John absolutely adored his grand-daughters and being with his family.
Memorial Calling Hours are Friday, July 20, from 5-6:30PM. A Memorial Service will begin at 6:30. Please omit flowers. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517