Nathan E. Brooks
1933 - 2020
BORN
1933
DIED
2020
Since the first Modern Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece (1896), only 2,982 Gold Medals have been earned by athletes from around the world. A world with 7.8 Billion people in it. Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Member (GCSHF) Nathan "Nate" Eugene Brooks was one of those rare Olympic Gold Medalists. He boxed his way to gold in the 1952 Helsinki, Finland Summer Games on the exceptional U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. Nate Brooks' road to Olympic Gold began in Cleveland's southeast corner known as Miles Heights Village, one of the few historical suburbs where African Americans lived alongside European immigrants. Born the 8th of 11 children to Frank and Mary Brooks on August 8, 1933, in Cleveland, Ohio, Nate was a bright student and fierce competitor at a young age, as his father and first trainer had a boxing ring set up in their backyard. He boxed in Cleveland's Golden Gloves, where he was a 3-time Champion. Following his Olympics' win, Nate fought his way to become the 1954 North American Bantamweight Champion with an eighth-round knockout. After professional sports, the John Adams High School graduate successfully transitioned to a career as a Survey Engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation, where he retired after 32-years. Nate had a quick wit, great sense of humor, was deeply devoted to his family, loved parties & cocktails, enjoyed debating any subject anytime and avidly followed the Olympic Games and sports for the rest of his life. He took particular pride in the Cleveland Cavaliers' historic 2016 NBA Championship win, as his former John Adams classmate, friend and fellow GCSHF member Nick Mileti was the Cavaliers' original owner, with team colors of Wine and Gold. The colors of their alma mater, John Adams High. Nate Brooks died Tuesday, April 14, from non-Covid19 related causes. His wife Theresa and stepson Kevin Sims preceded him in death. Left to cherish his memory are his brother Marvin Brooks (Barbara), sister Gail Brooks Tubbs, a host of nieces, nephews, friends, stepdaughters Kimberly (Roland) Silas, Kelli (Blake) Riggs and their families. A private graveside service will take place at Lakeview Cemetery Friday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. A Memorial Celebration will take place on a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the United States Olympic Committee's Team USA (support.teamusa.org).
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Published by The Plain Dealer from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2020.
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Lakeview Cemetery
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I am sorry for your loss. Nate was a true giant among men. My Dad, was Orlando Ivey Sr. He was raised up with Nate Brooks, and spoke fondly of him.
OJ Ivey Jr.
Friend
February 28, 2021
Nate was a beautiful person always a smile always with kind words . I loved Nate I had known him all my life and did not know about his accomplishment in boxing until maybe 10 yrs ago when I told him how great I thought that was he just said honey anything you want in life you have to be dedicated and it will happen . Nate was so laid back and cool . I'm going to miss him.
Marcia Sewell
Neighbor
May 19, 2020
My family, "the Smiths," moved to 4610 East 147th Street, in Miles Heights Village, when I was a 4-year-old, and we left when I was 14. "Mr. Nate" was one of my next-door neighbors.

In the summer, the Brooks family would have clam bakes in the backyard, and their clotheslines were decorated with multi-colored Christmas tree lights. The year was 1968, and I was an 8-year-old, and my brother, Derek, was then nine.

My mother would tell my brother and me not to wander over to the yard next door, not to ask the neighbors for food, and to stay out of "grown folks' business" because the party was no place for children. Yet, we hid in our yard, stealing a peek at the exciting festivities.

I remember Mr. Nate well and always thought he was a humble, quiet, unassuming, and polite man. I never knew he was an Olympic boxing champion. I am positive if my brother had known, he probably would have peppered Mr. Nate with questions and asked to see his gold medal.

We do not know the talents of many who walk among us because they never boast or bring attention to themselves. I never knew of Mr. Nate's accomplishments, but I did view him as a kind and gentle neighbor whom I respected.

My sincere condolences to Mr. Nate's family and friends. May God comfort you in your loss and give you strength.
Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi
April 23, 2020
I have great fond memories of my Uncle and listening to him debate sports and telling his story about his Olympic experience. I will cherish those memories.
Celester Walker
Family
April 20, 2020
Nate which I fondly called him all my life was always smiling . I never heard him pass a cross word to or about anyone. He told me once if I had known I was going to live this long I would have treated myself a little better and we both laughed . I'm sincerely going to miss Nate he was definitely one of the good guys. He loved Miles Hts.and Miles Ht's. Loved him back. I give my condolences to the family.
Marcia Sewell
Friend
April 20, 2020
Representing miles heights well RIP friend!
Marcel
April 20, 2020
Hey Uncle Nate Im really gonna miss you.You was the life of family outings, entertainment,and backyard Barbeques. It's not gonna be the same where's your flip-flops??! I will put them away till I see you again.
Marietta Terry
Family
April 20, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. I graduated high school, John Adams, with Nathan and after reading his obituary it brought back a lot of memories. Once again, my sincere sympathy for your loss.


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Westchester, Illinois
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April 19, 2020
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