GOULDSBORO – David Irving Brooks passed away peacefully in his sleep March 12, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born July 16, 1938, in Steuben, son of Meddie Joseph Brooks and Charlotte (Schevenieus) Brooks.
David attended Milbridge High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. During his time as boilermaker in the Navy, he was able to travel the world and experience Navy life on numerous ships. He made many friends during his travels and also stayed in touch with them. After retiring as chief petty officer, David returned to Maine with his family and continued to work civil service. Upon his second retirement from the military, he was often found around town with his painting business, Brooks and Son’s Painting. He later opened Shore Road Variety, where he was known for the best "steak and cheese subs." He had many interests that included hunting, fishing, riding on his tractor and his favorite place of Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse, where he was the proud founder of two award winning smoked seafood products. He was a busy man with numerous projects. Most were unfinished due to his quote of, "he would get around to it" or "too much stuff to do." His newest hobby was learning to play the guitar and that one day he was going to be famous. He especially loved spending time with his family. Dave will be remembered for his big heart and the love he showed to his family. If there was ever a need for anything, he was the person to go to. If he didn’t have it, he would find it. He was a great storyteller with a lot of good memories.
In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, Patricia (Dow) Brooks of Gouldsboro, he is survived by five children, Lori and Clair "Cook" Whitten, Mike Brooks of Winter Harbor, Keven and Cheri Brooks, Stacy and Justin Landeen, and Patricia and Gary Moore, all of Gouldsboro; 15 grandchildren, Morgan, Dylan, Danielle, Tylar, Amanda, Justin, Cody, Kyle, Jessica, Page, Jason, Josie, Casey, Taya and Jayda; and four great-grandchildren, Brennon, Conner, Cameron and Aaliyah. David is also survived by two brothers, Ambrose "Chippy" Brooks and Theresa "Sarah" of Mount Airy, N.C., and Bliss Brooks of Blue Hill; and three sisters, Viola Kennedy and Carroll "Jupe" Kennedy of Harrington, Norma and Ron Winchenbach of Sherman and Sally and Rick Fergone of Milbridge; in-laws, Frankie and Delia Dow, Carrie and Phillip Benner, Stanley and Cherry Dow, Jeannie and Bryce Wescott, and Jeannie Dow; along with many nieces and nephews. He had many friends, including Joel Frantzman, Rick Fergone, Tom Pasternack and his smokehouse girls, Becca, Jaymee and Sarah, holding a special part in his life. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Frank Brooks, Walter "Duke" Brooks and Harold Brooks; and brother-in-law, Arnold Dow. The family thanks the staff at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Mary Dow Clinic for the special care he received during his time there, the special nurses and staff that went above and beyond to make him comfortable, and his nurse "special girl," Barbara Jean for being by his side. The family also thanks the family and friends that helped support him and keep him strong throughout the past few months. The many cards and visits full of hope that helped keep his spirits up.
Family and friends are invited to a funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 47 Main St., Milbridge. A celebration of life will be held immediately after the funeral service at Knights of Pythias Hall, Route 1, Gouldsboro. A brief graveside gathering for family and close friends will be held afterward at West Bay Cemetery, Old Route 1, Gouldsboro.