Rosalind Poll Brooker
1928 - 2016
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Rosalind Poll Brooker

Naples, FL

Judge Rosalind Poll Brooker died on October 16, 2016 in Naples, FL where she had lived for 28 years after her retirement.

A woman of principle, spirit, intelligence, wisdom, love and generosity, Judge Brooker accomplished a great deal of private and public good in her long life. After marriage to Samuel S. Brooker and graduation from the Boston University School of Law in 1952, Mrs. Brooker returned to New Bedford to begin her practice of law. While developing that practice, she became an integral part of New Bedford's civic life. Attorney Brooker volunteered her knowledge, skills and time to numerous non-profit organizations. These experiences lead her to politics. Mrs. Brooker was the first woman to be elected to the New Bedford city council. She later became its first woman president and city solicitor, opening a path for other women to follow. Atty Brooker also became deeply involved in Republican party politics and was a confidant or counsel to state and national politicians and particularly close to U.S. Senator Ed Brooke. She was appointed Administrative Law Judge by Governor Francis Sargent and reappointed by Governor Michael Dukakis.

Judge Brooker's focus, drive, toughness, goodwill and tolerance was the product of a life that required overturning obstacles. She overcame every impediment placed in her path - physical or gender-based - through her command of language, strategic reasoning, grace and the love of her family and friends. There was never hesitation, never a complaint. Her simple axiom "You fall down, you get up, you achieve" earned her a lifetime of respect and admiration from family and colleagues.

Rosalind Poll Brooker's husband predeceased her. She is survived by two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, three great grandsons and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held on October 19, 2.30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Cemetery, 1400 Old Plainville Road, North Dartmouth, MA

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Published in Naples Daily News on Oct. 18, 2016.
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October 19, 2016
My Deepest Condolence to Roz's children especially Donna. Your Mom was a no nonsense woman who had a heart of gold. I always looked forward to our chats during her dental appointment. She certainly had a life well lived! Rest In Peace Roz.
Kathy, Former Assistant to Dr Carrier
October 19, 2016
Charlotte and I send our deepest sympathies to our friends and former neighbors. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Wendy Friedman
October 18, 2016
I was fortunate to have been both a colleague and later an appointee of Judge Booker. She was a role model for those of us who entered the legal profession after her. She was smart, tough, but also kind. My sympathies are with her family.
Irene Schall
October 18, 2016
I send my most sincere condolences to the Brooker children. The passing of Rosalind and Samuel are great personal losses for me. Rosalind was a steady and helpful voice in the City Council during actions on the Federal Model Cities funding, and Samuel and I worked together for several years in the Small Business Development Center. They both gave me much assistance in welcoming me to New Bedford as a newcomer. They both taught me much about public service.
Richard Pline (New Bedford)
Richard Pline
October 18, 2016
What an amazing lady. The Lepore family sends our thoughts and prayers , especially to her children.
Scott Lepore
October 18, 2016
I remember Atty. Brooker from my childhood, as she was the only woman who was actively involved in local politics iin New Bedford at that time. I met her through my dad's involvement in local Republican politics and was in awe of her intelligence , humor and kindness.
And when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 27, Atty. Brooker came to mind again, as someone who incorporated her physical challenges into her life without allowing them to be obstacles to acheivement and a satisying career. I am sure that she was a role model for many others in all kinds of ways. New Bedford was lucky to have had her here for such a long time!
Bev Baccelli
October 18, 2016
To the Brooker Family my deepest sympathy! I remember her well during my high school days! Her daughter Shelly was a good friend of mine! May her memories bring you peace!
Sandra Cadieux (Hall)
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