Sept. 27, 1950 - Sept. 29, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Broderick passed away on Sept. 29, 2013 after having been recently diagnosed with liver cancer. He was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.
After a brief stint in the Army, Broderick attended the University of Delaware majoring in Journalism. While in college, he was the editor of Pamoja, the Black Student Union newspaper and he also acted in several theater productions.
After college, Broderick started a long and successful career as a writer, first working at the News Journal in Delaware. He was invited to attend the Minority Journalism program at UC Berkeley, and once there, he never looked back - California became his new home. After graduating from the program, he started working at the San Jose Mercury News in 1984, writing for the Features Department and eventually becoming the real estate writer. One of his proudest accomplishments while there was being a member of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for team reporting for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He worked for the Mercury News until 1999, when he left to start his own business, Deadlinenews.com., of which he was Executive Editor and Publisher. Over the years, his in-depth research and writing has educated and informed thousands of readers.
Broderick was a kind, thoughtful friend to many and was always willing to help. He loved cooking, going out to eat, going to the movies and the beach. He also loved downtown San Jose and just hanging out with family and friends. Above all else, he loved raising his son, Corbin, and being the best father he could be.
Broderick leaves behind his son Corbin, 15, Corbin's mother, Gail Petty, Corbin's siblings Jen, Nikki, Kevin, and Aaron - all of San Jose; daughter Cassandra Freeman and granddaughter Hadiya of Delaware; father Robert and mother Isabella (deceased), sisters Roberta and Yvonne, all of Delaware; brother Clinton of Delaware, and brother Randy of California. He also leaves behind countless friends from all over the country.
Broderick's friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bella Mia Restaurant, Grand Ballroom, 58 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations to Corbin's college fund. Contact Wells Fargo, Corbin Perkins College Fund, account #8002965104, or donate through Paypal at www.paypal.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 11, 2013