Obituary: Brooker, Harold L. “Brook”
Dearly loved, Harold L. “Brook” Brooker, passed away on June 11, 2012. He was born on November 3, 1935 in Jefferson, New York to Harold and Minnie Brooker. After graduating from Richmondville High School in New York, he entered the Air Force and served 5 years in Korea, Japan and at Fairchild Air Force Base. An Electrician by trade with IBEW Local 73, he worked for many contractors, but longest for Rod’s Electric (projects include: Expo 74, Geiger Jail, Coulee Dam, Little Goose Dam, Chief Joe Dam, Missile Silos, to name a few). Also worked as an Electrical Supervisor in San Francisco for Olsen Electric, where he was offered a permanent position in California, but he opted to return to his family in the Pacific NW. IBEW Local 73 awarded Brook in 2010 his 50 year member award, which he treasured.
Brook was blessed with three children by his previous marriage to Gail, his first wife. In 1981, he became a loving stepfather to two more children when he married Ginger Falk. Survived by his wife, Ginger; children, Mark Brooker (JoDee), LeeAnn Hancock (Ray), Kimberly Falk Gershenzon (Jonathan), and W. Russell Falk (Shannon); grandchildren, Josh Hancock (Monica), Adam Hancock (Amy), Alex Hancock, Sarah Brooker, Rachel Brooker, W. Issac Falk (Rachel), Kate Falk, Julia Gershenzon and Camille Gershenzon; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Hancock, Andrew Hancock, and Maci Falk; Niece, Pamela; as well as many cousins and loyal friends. He was predeceased by Harold and Minnie Brooker; Patricia, sister; Clayton, brother-in-law; Robert Evans, father-in-law; and Ida Evans, mother-in-law.
Brook’s wife, family and friends were the most important people in his life, along with his kitties, Fanci and Zeus! In addition, he enjoyed Nascar (he went to Las Vegas for 11 years to that race), antiques, gardening, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Spokane Shocks, quilt supervising, orchid growing, and eagle watching. He also loved traveling, and visited Alaska, Oregon Coast, New England States, Yellowstone, Florida, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Spain, Italy, France, Monaco, Malta and the Czech Republic.
He lost his courageous battle with lung and brain cancer almost three years after he was diagnosed. He battled through it with all of the strength he could find. He withstood many surgeries and treatments without complaining about the pain he endured. He passed away in his own home, in view of the river he loved, with an eagle flying overhead and in the arms of his loved ones.
Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home chapel on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Private family inurnment was held earlier at the Holy Cross Chapel. Memorial gifts can be sent to any Cancer-Fighting Cause of your choice. Special thanks to Dr. Kaya, Cancer Care NW, Dr. Goldberg, Margie, Dr. Mackay, Barb of Horizon Hospice, Shellie of Hospice of Spokane, Pat Priddy and Mary for their loving care of Brook! Please visit Brook’s on-line memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements entrusted to: