Robert F. Brooks “Bob”, formerly of Mattapoisett, MA and Westwood, MA passed away on April 29, 2023, in Norwood, after a long battle with Dementia. Beloved husband of Sandra (Howard) Brooks for 63 years. Loving father of Robert Brooks Jr. and his partner Bettine Boyd of Holliston, Lori Brown and her husband Edward of Westwood, and William Brooks of Mattapoisett. Beloved grandfather of nine grandchildren: Meg Brooks, Katie Brooks, Jack Brooks, Annie Brown Chisholm and her husband Michael, Abbie Brown, Mollie Brown, Charlie Brooks and his wife Riley, Carolyn Brooks, and Brian Brooks. Great grandfather of Rory, Bryn, and Hugh Chisholm. Also survived by his sister Sandra McDonnell, and brothers Russell Brooks and Kevin Brooks. Predeceased by his parents, Franklin and Dorothy (Kerivan) Brooks, his brothers Richard Brooks and Ronald Brooks, and his daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Stillings) Brooks.
Born in Boston in 1934, he and his five younger siblings grew up in Needham and Newton. After graduating from Newton High School in 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he became a fighter pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1959, Bob married the love of his life, Sandy. They settled in Westwood, where together they raised their family. He began working in sales but spent most of his career as a carpenter for Howard Brothers Builders until he retired to Mattapoisett in 2004. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed spending winters escaping New England’s cold weather on Amelia Island in Florida.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Bob loved watching professional and college sports but especially the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. Very active in youth sports, Bob coached basketball, baseball, and football for many years in Westwood - helping to start the town’s Pop Warner program in 1973.
As per his request, no formal services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org)