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Clifford J. Brooks, 72, of Rockport, husband of the late Casey (Eaton) Brooks, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his winter home in Largo, Fla.
He was born in Boston, Mass., on September 16, 1945, son of the late William Henry Brooks, originally of Boston, and Anne (Fitzpatrick) Brooks, originally of County Mayo, Ireland.
Cliff was a graduate of Brookline High School, Class of 1963. He attended Boston State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1967 and a Master’s Degree in Education in 1968.
Cliff taught science at Gloucester High School for 35 years, where he was also the head of the Science Department. He also served for many years as president of the Gloucester Teachers Association.
As a youth, he summered in Rockport and worked as a life guard at Front Beach, where he met Casey in 1966. After marrying in 1968, the couple started their life together in Rockport and became a part of the community. They were married until Casey’s death in 1994.
Cliff worked for many years as a summer police officer in Rockport, and he was a parishioner at St. Joachim Parish (later Holy Family Parish). In the late 1980s, Cliff was elected to the Rockport School Committee, and he served for several years as the committee’s chairman. In that position, he played a leading role in the effort to consolidate all Rockport schools at one location on Jerdens Lane, helping to shepherd the planning, the funding, and the construction of the project.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his children, Laurie Heaney and her husband, Tom of Norwell, Jeffrey Brooks and his wife, Faune of Manhattan, N.Y., and Elizabeth Brooks of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren who he adored, Owen and Casey Heaney, and Grayson and Hadley Brooks; his brother-in-law, Gary Eaton of Maine; many nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins in England and elsewhere.
He was predeceased by his brothers, William (Billy) and James Brooks.
His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Thursday, November 30, at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass celebrated at St. Joachim’s Church, Holy Family Parish at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Kate’s Club, an organization that helps grieving children who have lost a parent or sibling. Cliff’s daughter Elizabeth is an active volunteer with the organization. Their website is the following: https://katesclub.org.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 27, 2017
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