It’s with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anthony (Andy) Stonegate Brooks at the age of 89 years, on June 28th, 2009. Andy was predeceased by his parents, Charles Leonard and Betty Brooks, his brother, Peter Brooks and his wife, Lillian. Andy leaves behind a brother, Charles Brooks of England, children, Peter Brooks, Margaret Forscutt (Bill), and Catherine Aspinall (Peter), and grandchildren, Alison Ruks and Tyler Ruks.
Andy was born on June 19th, 1920, in Louth, England. At age 14, he joined the crew of a deep sea trawler, spending much time on the waters of the North Sea. At age 18, Andy became an Able Bodied Seaman (AB). While at the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, Andy witnessed the destruction of the German pocket battleship, the Graf Spey, at the hands of the British Royal Navy. Andy did a tour of duty in Europe during World War Two, in the service of the Canadian Military. As part of the Royal Canadian Engineers, Andy spent much time at the front, notably during the Battle of the Scheldt in the Netherlands. With the culmination of World War Two, Andy continued his career with the Canadian Military, being posted to the Chilliwack garrison in 1946. From there, Andy assisted in the development of a military presence in the Canadian Arctic, in addition to conducting on base instruction for the Royal Canadian Engineers. In 1949, Andy met the love of his life, Lillian (Lil) Holter, and after a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, were married in Chilliwack, B.C. In 1950, Andy and Lil welcomed their only son, Peter. In 1951 and 1952, respectively, Andy and Lil welcomed daughters, Margaret and Catherine. In 1955, the Brooks family was transferred to the Canadian Military garrison in Vernon, B.C., where Andy continued his duties as Superintendant of Works until his retirement in 1960. In 1960, Andy embarked on a career in business by establishing Vernon’s first equipment rental shop, Vernon Rent-All. Andy retired from the equipment rental business in 1986, but continued as a popular figure in the Vernon investment community for many years thereafter. In 1979 and 1982, respectively, Andy and Lil welcomed their dearly loved grandchildren, Tyler and Alison.
Andy was a patriarch in every sense of the word, and moonlighted as King of the Kitchen! He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the British Columbia Ambulance Service for the support and care they provided for Andy.
There will be a funeral service at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Chapel at 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, July the 4th at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make a memorial contribution in memory of Andy may do so to B.C. Children’s Hospital or Vernon Hospice or a charity of choice.