Alan Wayne Brooks died on Sept. 7 of natural causes at his residence in Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Alan was born on March, 14, 1945, at Leominster Hospital to parents Lloyd Brooks and Rosilda (Fluet) Chappel. Shortly after graduating from Leominster High School, he joined the military where he proudly served two tours in Vietnam – the second of which he became an officer and a helicopter pilot.
After his combat duty, Alan married his first wife, Mary Brooks of Fayetteville, N.C., and later had their only son, Justin Brooks. Alan also received his bachelor’s degree from Worcester State College with a major in computer science. He then rejoined the Army where he was stationed at the Pentagon to manage their computer systems. Alan then transferred to St. Croix, V.I., where he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel before his retirement.
Early in Alan’s life, he was a competitive diver, an avid hunter, a salt-water fisherman, a skilled woodworker and a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. Later in life, Alan became a beloved figure of St. Croix where he enjoyed billiards, poker, blackjack, tennis, the tranquility of island life and the New England Patriots. Alan will be remembered by his friends and relatives by his unwavering tenacity and his endearing smile over his favorite island cocktail.
Alan will be greatly missed by his son, Justin Brooks of Leominster; mother, Rosilda (Fluet) Chappel of Leominster; brother, Norman Brooks of Princeton, and his many friends in both Leominster and St. Croix. Alan is preceded by his brother, Donald Brooks; brother, Dennis Brooks; father, Lloyd Brooks and step-father, Freedman Chappel.
A remembrance gathering for Alan will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Coconuts on the Beach located at 72 La Grange, Frederiksted. There are no calling hours. All his friends are invited to share memories of Alan and place a flower in the ocean for him at sunset. Please call 719-6060 for additional details.
Professional Funeral Services Entrusted to James Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Located at 6AA La Grande Princesse Telephone: 718-8663 Fax: 718-8661