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Daniel "Bud" S Brooks

1930 - 2021


Freedom, NH 

Daniel "Bud" S. Brooks, lifelong resident of Freedom, NH, passed peacefully from this world Wednesday March 31, 2021 in the presence of loved ones, after a courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Born September 12, 1930, he was the second of five children of Daniel and Mildred (Strong) Brooks. He was predeceased by his siblings Lillian (2011), Marion (2000), Wendell (2016) and Bruce (201 4).

He graduated from Ossipee High School in 1948 and joined the Navy, serving on the USS Requin submarine from 1949-1950 on its first deployment with the Sixth Fleet. He went on to work for the Ford Motor Company in Somerville, MA for several years.

Bud married M. Agatha (Maclellan) Brooks in September 1959 and together they raised their 4 children in Freedom. They shared 26 years of life and love before Agatha's passing in 1985. He went on to marry Adrienne (Doughton) Brooks in 1988 and shared 17 wonderful years with her before her passing in 2006.

After working with his father and brother, Wendell, Bud became a self-employed builder and became well known for his craftsmanship. There are many homes in Freedom and beyond that still bear witness to his skill as a builder and finish carpenter.

Bud was very community oriented and served the Town of Freedom in several different capacities including 31 years on the Fire department, with 2 years as chief, and 21 years as a school bus driver: he gave a grand total of 146 years for service to the town. He was recognized by the Secretary of the State of NH in November 2020 for 56 continuous years serving as a Supervisor of the checklist; the story resulted with his picture being published in the NY Times.

Bud is survived by his children: Laurel and husband Art Despins of Columbia, MO; Anne Bilodeau and boyfriend Tom Grant of Gorham, ME; Marie and husband George Olson of Center Conway; Kevin and favorite daughter in law Dawn Brooks of Wayne, ME; stepdaughter Denise and husband Jim Tinguely of West Newbury, MA. He is also survived by his significant other of 13 years Patricia McCoy.

He was an incredibly proud Grampy to his grandchildren, who were the light of his life: Megan Bilodeau, Sean Despins, Adam and Jason Brooks and Danny and Justin Olson; also, his step-grandchildren Katie Hayes and Johana LeStrat.

Bud lived a life of integrity, honesty, and respect for others. He loved his family with every fiber of his being and leaves a long legacy of commitment to others which will carry on. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Freedom Fire Department, of which he was a lifelong member: Freedom Fire Department, 218 Village Road, Freedom, NH 03836

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Elizabeth Maclellan

April 25, 2021 2:10 PM

Dear Laurel, Anne, Marie, Kevin and Dawn
Thank you for all the wonderful memories of your Dad, Mom, and family. Your Dad working tirelessly building the foundation of your new home in Freedom. I witnessed your Dad as he jumped into action at the sound of a fire alarm with haste and determination. Uncle Harold birthday's calls to your Mom every year brought him much joy.

Thinking of you.
Aunt Betty

Jennifer Harvey

April 22, 2021 6:12 PM

Dear Laurel, Anne, Marie, Kevin. I was sadden to hear about the passing of your Father. My memories of your Dad are few, but strong. I remember he used to bounce me on his knee, much to  my delight. Camping trips to NH were always fun, the weather always seemed to be sunny and warm. Thinking of you, time has a way of passing by quickly. God bless, till we meet again.
Jennifer Harvey (nee MacLellan)

Robin (Welch) Wittrock

April 17, 2021 1:00 PM

Dear Laurel, Anne, Marie and Kevin,  I was so sorry to hear of your loss.  I know it must be a difficult time for you.  I hope memories of love and laughter provide you with some comfort.   My main memories of your father are of traveling with him on the bus; us Welches were usually the first to be picked up on the bus route, so we traveled with your father throughout Freedom before finally heading to school. He always had a warm greeting for us as we boarded the bus and started our day.   But, I actually think of your father regulary for another reason. Whenever I visit home and see the beautiful wood floor he installed in our home so many years ago, I am reminded of him.  I remember how much care he put into installing each board; I felt he was an artist. And all these years later, it is still so lovely.  I’m sure there are many others who also treasure your father’s fine work.  Your Dad truly lives on in his work.  I wish you all peace. 

Damian MacLellan

April 15, 2021 6:44 PM

dearest Laurel, Anne, Marie, and Kevin: I am so sorry for the loss of your dear dad. Mom and dad really enjoyed keeping in regular touch with him over the years, and they would always keep Deb, Dorinda, Danita, and me updated on his news, and how each of you was doing. I know that they are going to really miss those conversations. Your dad was a connection to your mom, and no doubt there'll be a big void left. Each Christmas we listen to a CD titled 'December', by George Winston. It starts us reminiscing about all the wonderful memories that we have of trips we made to visit you, and those when you visited us. Your mom&dad were wonderful hosts. We used to get so excited to visit you – there was always so much fun. And there were always so many tears when we would have to say good-bye. We bought the CD at a craft shop on our way back to Canada - Burlington for mom&dad, Hamilton for Dorinda, and Ottawa for me. We had stopped because the snow was coming down so much, that we could barely see. The day before had been your mom's funeral. So, listening to the CD brings both sad and happy memories. One of my favourite memories of your mom is in your kitchen with a big pot on the stove cooking fresh corn that she sent us out to pick from your wonderful garden. (It was the first time that we had picked corn. We were thrilled.) I remember eating a dozen cobs, and your mom didn't 'bat an eye'. She just sent us back down to the garden to fetch some more cobs! I remember your dad's laugh and smile at how much corn was being eaten. Your mom was a beautiful, gentle soul. My mom and dad thought the world of her, as did Deb, Dorinda, Danita, and I. We continue to feel her loss, and can't imagine the pain that you experienced to lose your mom at such young ages. Unimaginable. We miss your mom, especially at Christmas when we listen to 'December'. And now, we'll think of your dad too. I feel so lucky to have had them as aunt&uncle, and for all the good times our families shared. big hug to all of you, and lots of love – Damian MacLellan

John & Barbara Stuart

April 10, 2021 9:31 AM

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