Frederick William Brooks Jr.

July 30, 1942 - April 3, 2015

07/30/1942 - 04/03/2015

Frederick W. Brooks, Jr, 72, of Virginia Beach, Va. passed away April 3, 2015. He began life in Windsor, Connecticut growing up on Union St and spending time at the family’s summer cottage, the ‘Shack’, in Haddam Neck. As a teenager he worked at the Cozy Corner Restaurant, the Windsor Theater and as a volunteer fireman. In 1960, at the age of seventeen, he gave up his black leather jacket and slicked ducktail hair for the United States Marines. He spent 14 years in the USMC and 12 years in the CT Army National Guard. He retired as Sergeant First Class in 1986. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 20 and the 2nd Marine Division Association.Fred met his sweetheart of fifty years on a small town park pond while ice skating. They married on September 19, 1964 at St Gabriel’s Church. He was owner-operator of his own trucking company for twenty years. He lived his life one day at a time. He enjoyed traveling and sampling food at every stop, reading military historical fiction, fishing in the Salmon River, the Gulf of Mexico or the Chesapeake Bay and lying on the beach. He is preceded in death by his parents Frederick Sr. and Adele G. Haraburda Brooks. He leaves his wife Betsey B. Brooks; son William G. Brooks, daughter and son-in-law Lorie and Jonathan Holter; son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey F. and Jennifer R. Brooks; grandchildren – Joshua, Samantha, Haley Brooks; Daniel and Eleanor Holter; Gina and Zachary Brooks; sisters and brothers-in-law – Elizabeth and Robert Bowen; Beverly and Michael Pietraroia; and several nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank all those who prayed for, assisted in various ways and uplifted Fred and his family during his 3 year battle with pancreatic cancer. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Fred at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for further research and to create hope.Visitation will be April 7, 2015, 7-9 PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel 5792 Greenwich Rd. Virginia Beach, Va 23462.

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8 years ago

Bobby and Warren and the Jenkins family, I remember playing basketball in the kitchen while mother Jenkins was cooking and she never complain.. The Moraes family send their condolence and keeps you in their prays.

Bill Davis
8 years ago

Dear Betsey and Family

“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again,

and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” John 16:22

Both Susan and I were saddened to hear of Fred’s death. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. It was an honor in meeting you and your family tonight. Betsey, you are a woman of great courage-continue to stay strong. As a spiritual gift to your family, you and your family will be remembered in prayer during the Liturgy of the Hours and we will have a Votive Candle lit in Fred’s memory at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church. “Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him.”

May the Lord bless and keep you and your family always.

COL & Mrs Bill Davis, USA Ret & Comrade from DAV Chapter 20

Leila LaRock
8 years ago

Dear Betsy,

Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of your husband, Fred. I pray that the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories you both shared together.


Leila LaRock

Nancy Moore
8 years ago

Dear Betsy: I was so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. I plan to be at the service Tuesday. Please know my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Love, Nancy

Susan Lawhorne
8 years ago

Mrs Brooks and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mr Brooks. It was an honor working with you all and an absolute pleasure getting to know you all. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Russ/Gerry LaPlante
8 years ago

Though we met Fred through the Pancreatic Cancer Support Group while battling his cancer, we consider ourselves lucky. Fred became a dear friend along with Betsey. We felt as if we had know one another for many years.

Fred, you will be missed so much. We love you.

Betsey, you are a remarkable person. Your devotion to Fred in helping him battle his cancer was obvious. You are a dear friend and will always be in our lives.

Our love and prayers go out to you and your beautiful family,

Gerry and Russ