Darwin Paul Bromley of Jacksonville, FL born October 23, 1950, in Huntington, WV died after a long illness on January 2, 2019, at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife Trella Bromley, by his children Elizabeth, M. Paul, Janet, and Daniel Bromley, and Christina White, by his brothers David B. Bromley (wife Julie) of Glenview IL, and William H. Bromley (wife Nancy) of Morton Grove IL, and by his nieces Miriam and Claire Bromley. He was preceded in death by his parents N. Paul and Janet E. Bromley and his brother Peter Y. Bromley.
While Darwin graduated from Northwestern Law School and worked in Chicago as a lawyer, his true love was for board and card games. He had been playing and collecting games since the early 1960s. In 1981, with Peter and others, Darwin formed Mayfair games where he designed and developed several popular games including the Empire Builder series, Express, Alibi, and the Sim City Card Game. He was a visionary in the industry, being among the first to bring Euro-style games such as Catan to the US market. Along with his brother Peter, Darwin amassed a phenomenal collection of games, and his legacy is secure with the donation of this collection to the National Museum of Play.
Darwin's love of gaming was a vehicle for his love of community and fellowship. Gaming allowed his true enjoyment of others to have an expression that encouraged people to share time with each other. This found another expression in Scouting. Darwin was a Scout as a child and continued his involvement as an adult. He held several positions within the Scouting Organization and earned several awards as an adult including The District Award of Merit and The Wood Badge, the highest honor an adult scout can earn. His legacy in scouting is best represented by the large number of young men and women he mentored. He was particularly proud of the number of Eagle Scouts he supported.
There will be a memorial service at 4 pm on Saturday, January 5th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32211. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Darwin's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Darwin Bromley to the National Museum of Play at http://www.museumofplay.org/support/gifts
or by mail to The Strong, Institutional Advancement, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607.
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