BARRE - James Victor Brooks, 83, a longtime Barre resident, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield.
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Born on June 6, 1931 in Barre, Jim was the son of Francis and Rose (Bernier) Brooks. He attended St. Monica Elementary School in Barre and graduated from St. Michael's High School in Montpelier. From 1949 to 1952, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
On Nov. 13, 1954, Jim married Pearl Audrey Manning in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Following their marriage, they first made their home in Florida before returning to Vermont. For nearly 50 years, they lived on Nelson Street in Barre.
In earlier years, he worked for Riverton Memorials. After the death of his father, Jim continued to operate the family business, Brooks Granite Company, on Mill Street in Barre. After his retirement, he and his wife, Pearl, enjoyed travelling throughout the United States and spent their winters in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In his early years, Jim attended St. Monica Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 10 and the VFW Post 790, both of Barre. He was also a volunteer for the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and for Washington County Mental Health.
An avid sportsman, Jim especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He and his wife also enjoyed square dancing.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl Brooks of Northfield; two sons, David Brooks of Williamstown and Francis C. Brooks and his wife, Bonnie, of Northfield; a daughter, Jodi Metivier of Barre; five grandchildren, Francis C. Brooks II, Crystal Brooks, Samantha Metivier, Jennifer Brooks and Savanah Brooks; two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Janice Manning of East Barre and Durinda Larivee and her husband, Ronald, of Florida; a brother-in-law, Perry Manning and his wife, Marcia, of Florida; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, a sister, Cleo Semprebon, and a brother, Paul Maynard, predeceased him.
Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center with the day and time to be announced.
Contributions in his memory may be made to a
Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home - Barre
7 Academy Street, Suite 1
Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2014