- Waldo William Brooks, Jr., affectionately known to many as "Bud," passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. He was 88 years old.
Born on Feb. 12, 1929 in Brookton, Maine, he grew up in the village of Forest City, Maine, a beautiful small community that borders New Brunswick, Canada. In 1943, Bud's family moved to Bath, Maine, where he graduated from Morse High School in 1947.
In 1949, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he proudly served domestically from 1950 to 1952. After his service, he entered the University of Maine on the G.I. Bill. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in business.
In 1953, on a blind date, he met the love of his life, Alice Burke Talbot, a schoolteacher from Gardiner, Maine. They were married in Gardiner in 1954. They raised three children: Mark, Carol, and Jane. Bud and Alice raised their family in Hallowell, Maine.
Bud worked in various management roles for the Bell System in Maine and Massachusetts. He served as an executive on loan for a year with the United Way of Maine. He was a past president of the Jasper N. Keller chapter of the Telecom Pioneers.
He retired in 1985. He and Alice, who also retired that year, moved to Forest City, Maine, where they lived at their beloved "Camp" while building a house in the village on the Brooks family property.
During his retirement, Bud became a Registered Maine Guide. He took great pleasure taking "sports" from the Village Camps and Wheaton's Lodge on fishing trips to East Grand, Spednic, and Baskahegan lakes. Many of these clients became lifelong friends.
Bud was a founding director of the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to conservation of the Chiputneticook Lakes, a chain of lakes in northern Maine.
Bud was a master storyteller, humoring many with his "big fish" stories. He was known for brewing the best Guide coffee and his love of casting for salmon.
Bud is survived by his beloved wife, Alice Burke Talbot Brooks; his three children and their spouses: Mark and his wife, Catherine WoodBrooks, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Carol Brooks Ball and her husband, John Hart, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, and Jane Maynard and her husband, Tom, of Spring Hill, Florida; three grandchildren whom he adored, Brendan Edward Ball of Manchester, New Hampshire; Caroline Emma Mary Ball of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Lynnsay Anne (Maynard) Applbaum and her husband, David, of Seattle, Washington; his sister, Joan Cummings and her husband, Bill, of Farmingdale, Maine; his cousin, Bobby Brooks and his wife, Winnie, of Lincoln, Maine; his brother-in-law Sam Talbot, of Saco, Maine; and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Waldo William Brooks, Sr., and Doris Daggett Brooks; his sister, Betty; and his beloved grandmother, Agnes Morrow Brooks. He also leaves many cherished friends, including Al Gill and George Spivey, both of Spring Hill, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud's name may be made to the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Road, Forest City Township, Maine 04413.
In the summer, a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Brunswick, ME. Internment will take place at the Forest City Cemetery in Forest City, NB, Canada.
Published on  January 20, 2018