Paul Kenneth Brooke

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Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME

AUBURN - Paul Kenneth Brooke, 88, of South Paris, passed away in his sleep, in the company of family, on Sunday Dec. 16, 2018, at the Androscoggin Hospice House of Auburn. He died of Respiratory Failure.

Paul was born on Dec. 8, 1930 in Stoneham, Mass., and was the only child of Walter E. Brooke and Beatrice Howe Brooke.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents (his father, Walter, died Nov. 17, 1985 and his mother, Beatrice, died June 9, 1985). He was also preceded by his wife, Charlyn Fuhrmann Brooke, who died Oct. 8, 1981; his wife, Shirley Gregory Brooke, who died July 29, 1990; and his wife, Vivian Clough Strout Brooke, who died Nov. 27, 2010. Two of Paul's children also preceded him in death: his son, Bryane Charles Brooke, who died May 3, 1981, and his daughter, Lyndie Lee Brooke Velez, who died Sept. 8, 1985.

Paul is survived by eight children: Christie Brooke Decker and her husband, Bob Decker, Wendie Brooke Burnham and her husband, Larry Burnham, Bonnie Brooke Tanguay and her husband, Randall Tanguay, Edwarde Brooke, Johyne Brooke and his wife, Ulyana Linska, Daniel Brooke and his wife, Tammy Chase Brooke, Kevin Burnham and his wife, Michelle Burnham, and James Burnham. In addition to his eight children, Paul is survived by numerous grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

His grandchildren are Michael, Benjamin, Corey, Richard, Anita, Susan, Melissa, Toni-Lynne, Laura, Shelby, Ryan, Danielle, Jacob, Marquee, Danish, Leon, Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, Rebekah, Abigail, Nathan, Aubrey.

Paul was proud to have served in the U.S. Army as a medic and attained the rank of corporal, upon his discharge in 1952. He was assigned to posts in both Sendai, Japan, and in Barrow, Alaska.

One of Paul's favorite pastimes was listening to and watching Boston Red Sox baseball. As a child, he was known to skip school to watch games at Fenway Park, and later, as an adult, he would often have his radio tuned to WBZ Boston to catch a game or two.

In addition to baseball, Paul liked to collect various items that interested him, from coins to memorabilia to baseball hats. He also liked to search out his family's genealogy, and through that pastime, discovered distant cousins in both, Great Britain and Australia.

Paul enjoyed being outdoors and, when he was able, would often be found taking a walk with his beloved dog, Blackie.

Paul was raised as a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian and attended church much of his life. He believed in the abundant Grace of God, and the soon coming of Jesus. He now rests peacefully, awaiting Jesus soon return.

Services for Paul will be held on Sunday December 23, at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner. Visiting hours will be from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., with a celebration of Paul's life to follow, at about noon. Burial will be held in the spring. Please call (207) 582-3102 for further information or for directions.

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website:

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 18, 2018
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