Born Frank William Brooks, the second of five boys in Brooklyn, N.Y. in October of 1944, Frank grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn during the Doo-Wop 1950’s, enjoying double features at the Commodore Theatre and stealing away to the library whenever he could. Frank joined the Air Force in 1963 becoming a Staff Sergeant during the Vietnam era, married Linda Margaret Larson in 1965, and went on to graduate Brooklyn College in 1972 with a degree in Latin American History and his teaching certificate. He taught Junior High school for a time before returning to earn his Certified Internal Auditor Accounting certificate, (CIA.) Frank worked in Accounting for most of his career, traveling around the county, and then settled in Valrico, Florida in 1986 with his family where he worked for the State of Florida Department of Insurance as an Internal Auditor until going independent then retiring in 2007. Frank loved traveling the U.S., photography, American history, music, The Brooklyn Dodgers, Giant’s Football, and N.Y. Mets Baseball. Frank had a beautiful tenor singing voice, an eye for art, and an appreciation for culture and antiques. As an Italian American, he loved good Sunday gravy and a nice glass of Chianti with his family.
Frank is survived by his wife, Linda of 55 years, his three children; son, Frank Jr. and his wife, JoAnne, daughter, Maurya, and son, Matthew. Frank will be missed by his grandchildren Nathaniel, Kerry, Erik, and Megan as well as his four brothers, Richard, Robert, James, and Ronald Brooks.
Frank is preceded in death by his mother, Antoinette DeLuca Brooks, and his father Richard John Brooks.
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 and a long battle, our beloved husband, father, and brother, passed quietly on July 30th, 2020. May Frank find peace with the angels and his love ones who came to guide him home.
A celebration of life will be postponed until safer times then services will be held at Apostles Lutheran Church in Brandon, Florida, followed by a military flag ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida, (future date to be announced.)
He & his family were always the hosts with the most. He lived well. He is at peace with the angels now and with his loved ones who made the path for him to follow to his final rest. God bless you Frank🙏
To Linda and her children,
Please accept my sincerest condolences at this time.I wish you all the least amount of suffering as possible during your loss.
Mark & Maria Cabrera.
Rest in peace condolences too all
What I remember of Frank was his gentle speaking voice. I never saw him angry or loud (as all of us can be at one time or another). He was always a pleasure to talk to. As my family visited his home on several occasions he and Linda were always welcoming and hospitable. I love them dearly and they both will always have a special place in my heart.