Dick Brooks 2018Nominated 2018. The Brooks family moved to Berlin in 1948 when Dick was 19 years old. Dick, his dad, Gary, and brothers, Raymond and Glenn were hard-working entrepreneurs who owned and operated various businesses in Berlin: Wisconsin Tanktainer, Carri Craft Catamarans, Artcraft, Prefinished Wood Products and Brooks Yachts. The catamarans and yachts were considered some of the finest available and captured the interest of movie stars and celebrities of the time.

Always an active participant in civic groups and events, Dick’s true love for people created his passion for contributing to this community. He helped design the Veteran’s Memorial in Riverside Park, was involved with the Berlin Veteran’s Foundation, single-handedly painted the American Legion Hall, sang with the Senior Singers, volunteered at All Saints Parish/School, and was a long-time member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Berlin Jaycees.

Dick left his creative mark in memorable ways as he supported the Berlin Booster Golf Outing, Helping Hands for Cancer 5K, 4th of July Duck Race, Senior Triathlon, the annual River Raft Regatta, and even the memorable “Dude Looks Like a Lady” fundraiser. He portrayed ‘Uncle Sam’ in community parades where he was perched at the top of the fire department ladder truck. Dick always believed in staying active and played in the Berlin Softball League and with the Oshkosh Comets Semi-Pro Football Team. He earned awards at various athletic events into his 80’s and was waterskiing at the age of 85.

The Honoree made a positive impact in a fun and giving manner, through hard work and being kind. He was not only an inspiration to the Berlin community, but most importantly to his family; Leanne, his wife of 61 years, their six children and their spouses, and their 15 grandchildren. His ‘family’ didn’t stop there. He spread his laughter and love to all who crossed his path and was truly known by all as the one and only “Grandpa Dick”.

His life’s motto: Happiness!