BROOKS

    0

    Stanley Brooks 1929-2021, resident of Rydal Park, passed away on April 4, 2021. He was 92 years young. Stan was the baby to three older siblings in a working class family in New York City. Stan was an intellectually curious person who loved sharing his knowledge and insights with others. He built friendships across the globe and is much beloved by many. Stan was a 1951 graduate of the National Agricultural College (now Delaware Valley University). In 1952 he was drafted into the Marine Corp to fight in Korea but before his ship arrived, the war ended and his unit set out to rebuild Japan . He and a Japanese student of English developed a strong friendship which endured for decades. When Stan’s mother suffered a stroke in 1953, his older brothers worked through the Red Cross to return him home, to New York.  For the duration of his services, he was stationed in a Watch Tower in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, guarding the East River from potential enemies. In late 1954, Stan married Millie Mosko, whom he met in 1950, when both were college students.  Given the choice, he picked his urban bride over a career in farming.  He never looked back. While Stan’s original career goals involved work in farm product processing, he soon joined a family-run company that bought, sold and refurbished used industrial equipment. Stan happily continued at Perry Equipment for 38 years. Among his specialties were repurposing sugar refineries, old-style large American breweries and pharmaceutical tanks. His work gave Stan insight and knowledge into global manufacturing practices. His boundless creativity and entrepreneurship led him to pursue business in the Soviet Union and India long before it became commonplace. He and Millie lived near London for over a year, while Stan opened the first international office of his company in 1990. Stan was active in his retirement years.  He took great pleasure as a docent at the Franklin Institute science and technology museum in Philadelphia, taking special interest in the manufacture of paper.  In his 70’s, Stan studied clowning and became a hospital clown known as “Dr. Dandee” visiting patients (kids and adults) in hospitals and providing strong medicine called ‘laughter.’  Kibitzing aside, his warmth and compassion were most appreciated. He was a leader at Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-el and could be counted on to make a minyan. Stan and Millie raised their family in Philadelphia and Cheltenham, and later moved to Elkins Park. Their final move landed them in a retirement community two weeks before the world shut down in March 2020. Stan is survived by his wife Mildred Brooks, daughter Fran Brooks (Michael Elenko), son Maury Brooks, daughter Sharon Brooks (Yisroel Schwartz), grandchildren Kaija, Sasha, Aesop, Yehoshua, Leah, and Shalom, as well as many other loving relatives. Stan lives on in the people he touched with his warmth, and joy in connecting with every person near or far. He brought laughter to hearts and nudged us to see light in darkness.  He showed us that there is no end to curiosity and a certain satisfaction on the journey initiated this way.  Just give it a try. Contributions in Stan’s memory can be made to his shul, Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El http://mbiee.org/ or Feeding America, a U.S. hunger relief organization https://www.feedingamerica.org/  or your local food bank.