GRAFTON, Mass. - George C. Brooks, 90, passed peacefully in the care of his family Feb. 21, 2013 in the home where he and his father were born.
He leaves his devoted wife of 64 years, Marjorie A. (Hoyle) Brooks; three sons, George R. and his wife Diane, Phillip R. and his wife Denise, Gary W. and his wife Karen all of Grafton; four grandchildren, Stacey, Jayson, Amanda, Elijah; two nieces, two nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, George Corbin Brooks, and his sister, Elizabeth Sanderson.
Mr. Brooks was born Jan. 30, 1923 at home, the son of the late George R. and Bessie (Wright) Brooks and resided there all his life. He graduated with the class of 1941 from Grafton High School and then attended Northeastern University until enlisting in the Army Air Corps, serving his country in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II.
Following the war, he attended The New England Aircraft School until 1946, when he replaced his father as the highway surveyor/superintendent for the town of Grafton. He held the position for 41 years, retiring in 1987. He also had the joy of his three sons all working under him at the highway department.
Mr. Brooks was a member of The Second Baptist Church, now The Baptist Church of Grafton, VFW Post 1497 in South Grafton and several municipal highway associations in Massachusetts. He was a 50 year member of Franklin Masonic Lodge. He loved to maintain the Brooks family property, where he lived and has been owned by the family since the early 1800s. He also enjoyed working with and sharing his knowledge with his sons and grandchildren, who were the light of his life. He and his wife also enjoyed camping for many years with family and friends throughout New England and beyond. He had a great passion for his John Deere tractor, which he continued to use until last year.
The family suggests you honor and remember him with memorial donations to The Baptist Church of Grafton, 1 South St. or The Grafton Food Bank, PO box 324 both Grafton MA 01519.
Funeral services are Monday February 25th at 12 noon at The Baptist Church of Grafton, 1 South St. Grafton Center. There will be calling hours in the church from 10 to 11:30 am prior to the funeral service. Following family wishes George will then be cremated and a graveside committal service with military honors will be held at a time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Roney Funeral Home in North Grafton. Condolences may be offered, memories shared in his personal guest book and directions are available at: www.roneyfuneralhome.com