Brooks remembers love of community, service

John Brooks

TWP RICHFIELD.— John Brooks loved classic cars, the community he grew up in, his family, and served various causes in the city.

Brooks, 72, died on Saturday September 10. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, served as an usher, and worked at Andy’s Attic. He was a classic car enthusiast and a member of Lapeer’s Classic Cruisers Car Club.

Brooks was also a member of the Lion’s Club and served on numerous Richfield Township boards, including the Planning Commission, Appeal Commission, and the Davison-Richfield Fire Authority.

He was also known to enjoy his morning coffee at Heidi’s Market with friends.

At the September 12 Richfield Township board meeting, Supervisor Joe Madore asked for a minute’s silence in Brooks’ memory.

From 2016 to 2020, Brooks contributed to the Davison Index where he compiled the Out of the Past column for those years.

Gary Gould, editor of the Index and Genesee County View, said Brooks impressed him when he discovered John was posting the Out of the Past feature on the Growing Up in Davison Facebook page, adding his own memories and his perspective to the events of the past.

When Gould was ill in 2016 and 2017, he said he invited John into the office to write Out of the Past and he stayed, helping until the pandemic hit in March 2020.

“I loved having John in the office on Tuesdays…he became part of our work family,” Gould said. “He was a wealth of knowledge about Davison and I know he loved reading the archival books, learning about this town he grew up in and lived his life in. I’m glad I had the chance to know him; we will miss him.”

John was born in Flint, May 6, 1950, the son of the late Ward and the late Mary Louise “MaryLou” (Selzer) Brooks. He graduated from Davison High School in 1968 and received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1972.

Brooks retired from General Motors in 2008.

He was survived by his sister, Marilyn Swank; 2 nephews, Brian (Ashalay) Swank and Christopher (Emily) Swank; grandnieces, Zoe and Arianna Swank; many other loving family members and good friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ward and MaryLou Brooks.

A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, September 15) at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrating.

Entombment immediately after Mass in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors one hour before Mass on Thursday, September 15 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in John’s memory.

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Norma P. Rex