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James Vernon Brooks, Jr.

James Vernon Brooks, Jr, 75, of Westminster, died unexpectedly, Saturday, August 8, 2020, in his residence.

Born in Fitchburg on April 19, 1945, he was the son of the late James Vernon Brooks Sr. and Margaret Brooks. James graduated from Oakmont Regional High School with the Class of 1963. He was a United States Vietnam War Army Veteran serving from 1965 to 1967, where he received the National Service Defense Medal. James was a self-employed auto mechanic for several years until his retirement in 2010.

James enjoyed being an auto mechanic. He had a deep appreciation for the Town of Westminster and loved everything about his town. He enjoyed going for his daily walks with his neighbor’s dog and riding his bicycle. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it.

James is survived by his daughter, Cynthia L. Carreiro-Caron of Sterling, and two grandsons, Daniel Michael Carreiro and Corey James Carreiro.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in Forest Hill Cemetery, 115 Mt. Elam Rd, Fitchburg, MA 01420

There are no calling hours.

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, current restrictions set in place by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be in effect at James’ service. 

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Bob and I are extremely saddened by the news that jim had passed away. I just saw him walking a dog on south st. . I first met jim the year 2000. I wasnt working and had met Leona we would go for coffee in Vincents and jim would show up and we would strike up a discussion about things happening in the world or around town. He was such a good man. Always willing to help and always with a smile. Know he is in our thoughts and prayers. RIP

Bob and deb Aug 29 2020 12:00 AM

I'll miss seeing Jimmy around town. From our talks at the library, at the market, at the bank, it was always a pleasure to see and talk to Jimmy. He was a very smart man and share a lot of his life's experiences. He served his country well and was proud of his service. Rest in peace Jim and may the angels carry you swiftly to arms of God. You'll be in our prayers.

Deacon Jim Graves Aug 21 2020 12:00 AM

I will miss Jims Thursday evening visits to the library. We talked about our favorite recipes & even shared a few. His homemade biscuits were the best. Rest In Peace. You will be missed by many especially me.

MaryAnn Aug 20 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your thought.
He loved the town and all the people who took the time to chat.
Be Well Friend

Cindy/ Jim Daughter Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of knowing Jim for a little over 10 years. We would discuss a wide variety of subjects, great and small. In all that time not once did Jim fail to put a smile on my face. He was a great storyteller and an even better friend. Goodbye Jim, you will never be forgotten, but you will be forever missed.

Jason P. Cavanaugh Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

I knew Jim for a short time.Seeing him at the library .Conversations about daily events and past town history of Westminster and Gardner. He would always tell how fast those cars were traveling down Main Street. In closing God bless you and thank you for your service to our country.

Patrick OLeary Aug 18 2020 12:00 AM