Brooks E. Reese Jr., 98, of Singer Island, Fla., passed away July 29, 2013, at home surrounded by family.
He was predeceased in death by his parents, Brooks E. Reese Sr. and Zazel Zoe Reese; three sisters, Lola Spangle, Dorothy Neilson and Marjorie Garman; and two brothers, Guy Reese and Robert Reese. He was also predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Estelle Hecker Reese.
Brooks is survived by his only child, David; his daughter-in-law, Doria; and his two grandsons, Jonathan and Matthew.
Brooks E. Reese Jr.
Born in Williamsport on May 14, 1915, when Williamsport had more horse and carriages than automobiles, he graduated from Williamsport High School in 1933. It was there that he met Estelle Hecker, the love of his life. He worked in finance in both Pittsburgh and Erie during the pre-war years and married Estelle in March 1941. He served in an engineer division in World War II that landed on the Normandy beaches six days after D-Day and saw duty in England, France and Germany. At the conclusion of the war, Brooks returned to Williamsport and with his father and brother re-started Reese Lumber Company that then thrived for forty years. Upon the sale of the company, he retired to Singer Island, Fla., for the winters and spent the summers back in Williamsport. At Estelle's passing in 1996, Brooks moved to Potomac, Md., to be with David's family, where he developed new relationships with many friends.
Brooks was a man of many interests. As a youngster, he was fortunate to have a clay tennis court in his backyard at 1151 W. Fourth St., where his father taught him the game. This love of tennis remained with Brooks his entire life and he played into his 80's with his fondest memories being on the courts of the Williamsport Tennis Club. Brooks was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan who waited 86 years between World Series titles. He became a talented artist in his 70's, painting mostly watercolors, and he will be remembered for his note cards and cartoon sketches. He was an avid traveler through America and Europe and his most recent journey was last summer, when he cruised the Rhine with family and returned to where he had been stationed during the war. His attitude was always youthful, and he kept himself busy in his later years with all of the new technology from computers to music to tablets. Brooks remained modern despite his age, and through all of his years, he carried a wonderful sense of humor that was appreciated by all.
As the last surviving sibling of the Reese family, which had an approximate 100-year footprint in Williamsport, the loss of Brooks is the loss of a connection to a bygone era.
Memorial service to be held at Temple Beth Ha-Sholom, 425 Center St., at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, followed by interment at Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive guests at the Peter Herdic House, 407 W. Fourth St., following the grave side service.