Robert George Brooks
Robert George Brooks, 81, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2023, in Port Orange, Florida. He was born on March 14, 1942, in Landsdale, Pennsylvania, and spent his formative years on a family dairy farm in Milton, Delaware.
Robert, known to his loved ones as Bob, served his country proudly as a Navy Veteran aboard the USS Constellation. After his military service, he embarked on a successful career, eventually retiring from Kraft Foods. Bob was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where he fostered lasting friendships and contributed to his community.
Beyond his professional life, Bob was an avid sports enthusiast with an unwavering passion for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers. He generously dedicated his time as a Little League baseball umpire in Dover, Delaware, mentoring and guiding young athletes. Dancing was one of Bob's true joys, and he could often be found twirling on the dance floor at the DeLand Sanborn Center and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
In his personal life, Bob cherished his family and the moments they shared. He was predeceased by his parents, James L. and Isabella Brooks, and his sister, Virginia Thompson. Bob is survived by his beloved daughter, Brenda Mintell, and her husband, Richard, along with his cherished grandchildren, Brady (Claudia) and Bethany Mintell, all of DeBary, Florida. He is also survived by his twin brother, William Brooks of Milton, Delaware, and his brothers Leonard of Middletown, Delaware, and Donald Brooks of Milton, Delaware. Bob found happiness and companionship with his partner, Janice Bales, of Port Orange, Florida.
In the words of Bob's family and friends, he was a man of unwavering integrity, kindness, and boundless enthusiasm. He touched the lives of many with his warm smile and genuine nature. His legacy will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Friday March 1, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery - Lane A (5525 US-1, Mims, FL 32754). In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to a charity of your choice in Robert George Brooks' memory.
Bob's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of love, laughter, and a zest for life that will be cherished by all.