Harold R. Brooks
1938 - 2020
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Harold R. Brooks

March 2, 1938 - Nov. 14, 2020


Harold Roy Brooks, 82 years old, a long-time resident of Edwardsburg, passed away peacefully November 14, 2020. He was born March 2, 1938, the son of the late John and Thelma Brooks of Covert, Michigan. Harold is a graduate of Covert High School and Western Michigan University. He was an Industrial Arts Teacher and Coach at Edwardsburg High School for 33 years. He took great pride in sharing his love of woodworking and helping his students make award-winning furniture. He also enjoyed making and gifting his woodworking creations to friends and family.

Harold was an avid sports fan, besides cheering on the Edwardsburg Eddies; he particularly enjoyed Chicago Cubs baseball, Notre Dame football, and Notre Dame women's basketball where he volunteered as a usher. He loved spending his winters in Florida with his friends and family and he enjoyed his morning coffee with the guys at Spicy's. He never met a stranger and loved talking with everyone. Above all he enjoyed spending time with family and being outdoors. You could often find him on his swing in the backyard watching and listening to the birds.

Harold was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, LuAnne Brooks. He is survived by his children, Randy (Suzanne) Brooks of Edwardsburg, MI, Ron (Kathy) Brooks of North Muskegon, MI, and Andrea (Sam) Portwood of Niles, MI; six grandchildren, Amanda (Jeff) Theisen, Gregory (Amber) Brooks, Ryan Brooks, Nicole Brooks, Brooke Portwood, and Brittany Portwood; and five great-grandchildren, Lexi, Addison, Leah, Paige, and Bodie. Also surviving are siblings, John Brooks of Schoolcraft, MI, Richard (Larue) Brooks of Mountain Home, AR, Franc (Betty) Brooks of Schoolcraft, MI, Jean (Bill) Connell of South Bend, IN, and Wanda (Herb) Story of Buchanan, MI, along with many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current COVID 19 Pandemic, the family will have a private visitation. A graveside service for the family will be held Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 AM at the Edwardsburg Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg.

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 17, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Harold was a great teacher and a great friend. He taught me allot. I will never forget him help me build a rocking kangaroo with a baby in its pouch and a beautiful love seat. He was an artist with woods. He will be missed.
Richard Lawson Jr
November 18, 2020
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November 18, 2020
Harold was such a good friend to both Maxi and I. We spent so many hours playing cards, going for Sunday afternoon rides, picnics on the beach in Florida and especially going for strawberry shortcake. Him and LuAnne were a very special part of our life’s. We all shared so many laughs together and lots of good conversations, he will be missed by all. But he’s with Lu and Maxi again. God bless that great friend and all of his family.
Pamila Maxwell
November 17, 2020
Randy, Ron, Andrea & Families,
Our Heartfelt Sympathy in the passing of Your Dad/Grandpa. He was a Special Guy who touched Many lives, including ours. We have many fond Memories with Your Dad & Mom.
Your Dad/Grandpa will continue to be with You in spirit in the places you go, in the little things you do - and, ALWAYS in your hearts.
Ken & Donna Kelly
Ken & Donna Kelly
November 17, 2020
may your memory be a blessing
to all who knew you. thanks Coach.
November 17, 2020
Oh and also had alot of memories of playing cards. When Pam ken and Deb and I got together Harold was amazed how pam shuffled cards.
Harry and Debbie stemple
November 17, 2020
Remember Harold and went to sci-fi movies alot. In Florida and here in Michigan. Then usually to eat.
Harry stemple
November 17, 2020
Mr. Brooks holds a special place in my heart. He was my drafting instructor at Edwardsburg. I graduated in 1970. I was not really understanding drafting in the least, but he took the time & much patience with me & I still use many of the things I learned from him today. My thoughts & prayers go out to the family.
Lois Owen
November 17, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Coach Brooks was my Freshman and Sophomore assistant basketball coach in 1968/1969. He was tough but it made good players and it molded our character. I was fortunate to have known him and have him for a teacher and a coach.
Gary H Walston
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