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Arthur J. Brooks a native of Belmont, MA and longtime resident of Winchester, MA will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, June 18th. He died on March 12th following a long illness. He was 68 years old. Born in Detroit, MI to Grace G. Brooks of Hamilton, Bermuda, and William J. Brooks of Chester, England, Arthur grew up on the campus of Harvard University, where his father was a beloved swimming coach. While a student at the Belmont Hill School, Arthur was introduced to the art of woodworking and excelled at football and wrestling. He graduated from Belmont Hill in 1962 and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University. Following his graduation from Rutgers in 1966, Arthur joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. Critically wounded while leading a reconnaissance mission in North Vietnam, Arthur retired as a 1st Lieutenant with a Purple Heart medal and Bronze star to his credit. He went on to become one of the first handicapped Vietnam Veterans to attend Harvard Business School, receiving his Masters in Business Administration in 1971. In 1970 Arthur married Nancy Cannon of Winchester, MA, where they lived for 19 years and raised three children. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a marketing executive in the Boston area and attended countless number of hockey, lacrosse and soccer games played by his children before retiring to Clearwater, Florida in 1993. In retirement Arthur pursued his lifelong passions for deep sea fishing, carving and correspondence - producing so many letters and packages for loved ones that friends joked he may have single handedly sustained the US postal service. Arthur is survived by his brother William G. Brooks of Clearwater, FL; his three children (Kimberly Brooks of Washington DC; Cristina Queenan of Winchester, MA and Michael Sparky Brooks of Sonoma, CA); four grandchildren; aunts and cousins in Bermuda; and a wide circle of friends who will miss his kind heart and infectious laughter. A burial with full military honors will be held at 3pm on June 18th at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Relatives, family and friends are invited to attend. Immediately after the burial, a private memorial will be held at the University Club in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Arthur's name to the Belmont Hill School in Belmont MA.

Published in The Winchester Star from May 30 to June 11, 2012
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