CONWAY - David "Brooksie" D. Brooks, 66, of Conway, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Elaine Care Center in Hadley, in the arms of his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.
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Dave was born April 23, 1947, in Northampton. He grew up in Florence, the son of the late Philip S. Brooks and the late Virginia (Baird) Moriarty. He attended local schools and Northampton High School.
David proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps with the 3rd Marine Division during the Vietnam war. As friends and family will attest, the discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him.
After the war, he became a meat cutter and worked in several area supermarkets. In the late 1970's, he eventually became co-owner of his own store, Rogers and Brooks Meat Market in South Deerfield. His success in business can be directly attributed to his work ethic. His attention to detail was legendary. He took pride in the fact that he always left his customers satisfied.
Dave was a loving and generous man. He always believed that "it was better to give than to receive". With that belief, Dave volunteered his services helping other veterans at the V.A. Medical Center in Leeds and with the Disabled American Veterans.
When his sons were growing up, he was an assistant Boy Scout leader for Conway. He was also a member of The Marine Corps League in Bernardston, The VFW in Florence, The Third Marine Division New England Chapter and the DAV in Greenfield.
David was an avid Boston sports fan and most enjoyed watching the Patriots. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, reading, fishing and tending to his lawn and garden. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. Brooksie will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Dave will forever be remembered as a devoted husband and father. Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife of 35 years Diane "Dee" (Kennedy) Brooks, his two sons, Brian J. Brooks and his girlfriend Ashley Millward of Shelburne Falls and Daniel T. Brooks and his wife Lorin of Medway, and a sister, Linda Merriam of Florence. He leaves behind his loving sistes-in-law Ellen (Kennedy) Langford and her husband Jim of Portland, Maine, and Patricia (Kennedy) Newcombe and her husband Tod of Longmeadow. He also leaves behind two granddaughters and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home in Northampton. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be private, with military honors at the Veteran's Cemetery in Agawam at a later date.
Our family would like to thank Dr. David McGrath of Greenfield and Dr. Alexander Fuld of White River JCT, Vt., both of the VA Medical System, and to Dr. Geoffrey Shapiro and Dr. John Hilton of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for their wonderful and compassionate care given to David during his illness. We would also like to thank the Cancer Connection and the Elaine Care Center for their loving care to Dave.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of David D. Brooks to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, The Cancer Connection, Inc., 41 Locust St., Northampton, MA 01060 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 8, 2013