Feb 22, 1938 – Nov 8, 2011
KNIGHTDALE – It comes with great sadness and sorrow to our family to announce the sudden passing of Raymond C. Brooks, 73, of Knightdale, NC on Tuesday, November 8. A native and long-time resident of New Hampshire, Ray and his wife Patty moved to Knightdale in 2000.
Ray, or “Brooksie”, as he was known to many, was an avid and excellent golfer, a retired, top high school basketball referee in NH, and an instant friend to everyone he met. A US Army veteran, he also had a varied career with positions in the post office, in auto sales, and in successful businesses he owned. He loved life and was never content to sit still. Even in retirement, he worked several part-time jobs up to the time of his death, not to mention having a grand time playing Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny at many events.
Ray is survived by his wife Patty of Knightdale, daughters and sons-in-law Margo & Michael Demers of Hudson, NH; Becky and Joe Korostynski of Knightdale; step-sons Chris Romano of Los Angeles; and Jon Romano of Washington, DC. He is also survived by grandchildren Keegan Demers of Hudson; Kelsey (and husband Mike) of Sumter, SC; Andrew Korostynski of Morrisville, NC; Cole Korostynski of Orlando, FL; Emily Korostynski of Raleigh, NC; Hank Romano of Los Angeles; and several siblings. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Helen Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in NC can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 2710 Overbrook Dr. Raleigh, NC 27608. Suggestions for donations in NH will be made at the time of the announcement of the memorial service there.
A wake will be held at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell, NC on Friday, November 11 from 4-8pm. The funeral Mass will be at 10am on Saturday, November 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh. A reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Fallon Center at the church. Strickland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held in Nashua in the spring of 2012. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net