St. Croix, VI,
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Hometown, Leominster, MA; Army; 67
LEOMINSTER, MA -- Alan Brooks, 67, passed away September 7th, 2012, of natural causes at his residence in Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Alan was born on March 14th, 1945 at Leominster Hospital to parents Lloyd Brooks and Rosilda (Fluet) Chappel.
Shortly after graduating from Leominster High School, he joined the military where he proudly served two tours in Vietnam earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Infantry Badge as an infantryman.
After his combat duty, Alan married his first wife, Mary Brooks of Fayetteville, NC, and later had their only son, Justin Brooks. Alan also received his Bachelor's Degree from Central New England College of Technology and graduated magna cum laude in Computer Technology. He then rejoined the Army where he was stationed at the Pentagon to manage their computer systems. Alan then transferred to St. Croix, VI where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement.
Early in Alan's life he was a competitive diver, an avid hunter, a salt-water fisherman, a skilled woodworker, and a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. Later in life, Alan became a beloved figure of St. Croix where he enjoyed billiards, poker, blackjack, tennis, the tranquility of island life, and the New England Patriots. Alan will be remembered by his friends and relatives by his unwavering tenacity and his endearing smile.
Alan will be greatly missed by his son, Justin Brooks of Leominster; mother, Rosilda (Fluet) Chappel of Leominster; brother, Norman Brooks of Princeton; and his many friends in both Leominster and St. Croix.
Alan is preceded by his brother Donald Brooks, brother Dennis Brooks, father Lloyd Brooks, and step-father Freedman Chappel.
BROOKS -- A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans. Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon, MA. Calling hours in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home 106 West St., Leominster are Wednesday, October 10, 2012 are from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Oct. 7, 2012