Harry E. "Buddy" Brooks Jr., 81, of Brookfield, husband of the late Clare (Vielhauer) Brooks, passed peacefully with his family at his side Tuesday, June 19 at Danbury Hospital. Harry was born December 11, 1930 in Washington, DC, son of the late Harry E. and Alice (Needham) Brooks.
Harry worked as an accomplished Engineer with several patents to his credit. Harry retired from ITT Rayonier in 1993; prior to ITT Harry worked for ETC, Automation Industries, Sperry and Budd Company. Harry proudly served his country during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant stationed in Japan, intercepting enemy messages and breaking code (OSS). In his retirement, Harry was a Consultant and Membership Director for the Danbury Chapter of Senior Core Of Retired Executives (SCORE) for 9 years and previously held key SCORE positions in Ellsworth, ME for 8 years.
Over the years Harry participated in many other activities to include the Brookfield High School Graduation Committee (the Casino) and the Phoenixville, PA Jaycees. Harry loved his family, traveling and football. He also enjoyed relaxing occasionally with a Manhattan on the rocks with cherries.
Harry was loved and will be dearly missed by his three sons, Harry E. Brooks, III and his wife Paula of Hamden; Robert J. Brooks and his wife Debbie of Brookfield; and William J. Brooks and his wife Robbin of Littleton, CO; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Massaro and her husband Anthony, Ashley Brooks and her fiancé Jim Gilmore, Chelsey, Christina, Bobby, Katrina, Baillie and Billy Brooks; two great grandchildren, Kailyn Gilmore and Ethan Massaro; his sister, Jane Schrule; brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Jane Vielhauer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 29 at Brookfield. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at , 786 Federal Road, Brookfield.
Contributions may be made in his name to St. Joseph Church, 159 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804.