Darwin Paul Bromley
1950 - 2019
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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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Published in Florida Times-Union on Jan. 5, 2019.
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May 12, 2020
This is a saddening shock. Darwin and I were historical wargame hobby friends, and I can remember like yesterday (40 years ago?) going to a Chicago (suburb) gaming convention in the dead of summer in a high-rise hotel which had had broken air conditioning. Thanks to Darwin and Peter, it was still a great time. :-)
Darwin and I coordinated collecting Russian Front/Barbarossa games, and I helped him get Robert (Alesia) Bradley's primitive, xeroxed Fall Barbarossa and even Bob's smaller unpublished Korps Barbarossa game(kit)s. Those may be the only copies left in the hobby.
Darwin was just a great guy with a shrewd sense of humor which often had us in stitches laughing.
I hope his wife and children and brother Peter are okay.
Take care, everyone. I('ll) always smile, when I think of Darwin.
Lou Coatney
January 12, 2019
May the God of comfort and peace continue to be with family and friends to see you through this difficult time. Hosea 13:14
January 10, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Darwin was a generous and accomplished man of many talents. Judy Miller
Judy Miller
January 8, 2019
I am saddened to hear of Darwin's passing. I enjoyed his comradeship at many convention auctions in Chicago and in my hometown Detroit. My game collection was never as large as his. When he and Peter culled the collection in 1981, I won an auction of one of their games. Rest peacefully my friend. While I hold back the tears, I will smile when I think of you and recall those memories. Please reserve a seat for me in a game of Empire Builder.
Matt Kiriazis
January 5, 2019
I was so very sad to hear about the loss of Darwin. He was always someone who had a special place in my heart. We were friends and associates in the 80s at Synergy Team and we all had a great time! I remember visiting him one time in Chicago at his apartment and how cool I thought it was that he had his whole wall in the bedroom filled with games from floor to ceiling. I was thought that was very cool. He's always had a very sweet place in my heart. I'm so glad I was able to tell him a bit ago. The thought of him not being here anymore makes me incredibly sad. I'm so sorry for the loss of him for his family he will be missed incredibly.Bye DarwinSharon Taylor
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