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Norman Hall Brooks, Sr.  

Norman Hall Brooks, Sr.

December 23, 1921 – September 6, 2014

Norman Hall Brooks, Sr., age 92, of Newark, DE, passed away Saturday evening, September 6, 2014 after a short bout with cancer.

He was born December 23, 1921, the second of four sons of the late Claude C. and Elizabeth M. Brooks of Glasgow, DE. He graduated from Newark High School in 1940 where he played violin in the orchestra and medaled as a sprinter in track. He also lettered in baseball and play semi-professional ball with the St. Louis Browns organization. He attended Goldey Beacom College and had a long career as a bookkeeper with New Castle County.

Norman enlisted in the Navy during WWII and took part in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, and Aviano as a signalman on board USS Biscayne (AVP-11). He loved bowling and golfing and volunteered almost 3000 hours helping veterans at the Wilmington VA Medical Center. He was a member of the Pencader Grange, St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 2 AF&AM, and Nur Temple.

In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his wife of 33 years, Doris Mae Tubbs Brooks and by his 3 brothers Claude Melvin Brooks, Henry W. Brooks, and William T. Brooks. He is survived by 3 sons, James Norman Brooks (Gail) of Burke, VA, Gary W. Brooks of Pike Creek, DE and Norman H. Brooks, Jr., (Shirley) of St. Georges, DE; 2 daughters, Deborah Steinbrunner (Joel) of Landenberg, PA, and Cynthia Brooks (Deborah McCall) of Corner Ketch, DE; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 1 additional great grandchild whose arrival is eagerly anticipated.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday morning, September 11, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am and a masonic service will be held at 10:15 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711 or to Delaware Boots on the Ground, P.O. Box 5894 Wilmington, DE 19808-5894.

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  1. Lesley Tryon, September 9, 2014

    Cyndi, Debbie, Dori, Kaci, and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. What an impressive and full life Mr. Brooks led!

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    In friendship,
    Lesley Tryon

  2. Megan, September 9, 2014

    Dear Cyndi and Family,
    My sincere condolences to you all. I had the pleasure to meet your father on several occasions and he was full of life and shared many stories. You all have cared and looked after your father for many years and you should all be proud of your families efforts. God bless you all during this difficult time.
    My prayers are with you.

  3. Sue McVey, September 9, 2014

    Cyndi, Debbie, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sue McVey

  4. Mary Spencer, September 9, 2014

    Cyndi, Debbie & Brooks family-

    We are so sorry to hear of your father/grandfathers passing. Our thoughts of deepest sympathy and prayers are with all of you.

    Mary, Corey & Kathy

  5. Judy Symes, September 9, 2014

    Cyndi, Deb, Kaci and Dori. So very sorry to hear of your Dads passing.
    He looked good at the golf outing, am so glad he got to come and I bet Sue will be there with a smile to greet him and welcome him home!
    Love and prayers, the Symes family

  6. Minnie Irwin (Maiden name: Moore), September 10, 2014

    James, Gary, Debbie, Norman, Cindy-

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I saw him a couple of years ago at the Harrington Fair.

    I loss my father in 2005 and really miss him. My family sends their sympathy also.

    Your childhood neighbors,

    The Moore Family

  7. Dian Arthurs, September 11, 2014

    I am so sorry for your loss! Your dad was a great man. I have loved getting to know him over the years. All the picnics, bowling, and the wedding. I am going to miss seeing him but am so glad for him as he has had a wonderful life with a very loving family by his side the whole way.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all!


  8. Joan M. Broda-Forbes, September 11, 2014


    My deepest sympathies are with you and your family with the loss of your father.

    Warmest regards,

    Joan Broda-Forbes


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