Clifford W. Brooks

  • Born: November 23, 1924
  • Died: October 21, 2019
  • Location: Avon Lake, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather

Clifford W. Brooks
11/23/1924 – 10/21/2019

On Monday, October 21, 2019 Cliff Brooks passed away at the age of 94. Cliff was a true renaissance man. Born as the son of a small farmer from Harrisville, Pennsylvania. Cliff served in WWII as a U.S. Marine in the 1st Division and saw service in the Pacific Theatre. Cliff participated in the invasions and iconic battles of Peleliu, Tarawa and Okinawa. Cliff spoke of some of his pacific theatre experiences in a YouTube series titled "Memories of WWII". After the war he served in the Marine Corps Reserves and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict of the early 1950's. Cliff completed his service and was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was an accomplished photographer, cinematographer and an award winning motion picture film editor. He attended the Yale School of Photography. He learned to fly from renowned flight instructor Ernie Hall. Cliff loved boating, both motor boats and sail boats. He was featured on a segment of "Del's Folks". He was a competitive target shooter. Cliff retired from NASA Glenn Research Center as a scientific photographer in 1986. He was an active member and board member of the Erie Shores Photo Club. Cliff was an educator, teaching photographic skills to several generations of students. He built and flew model airplanes as well as building and displaying scale ship models. He built home additions and practiced woodworking including building furniture and built-in cabinets. Cliff was an amateur astronomer and built his own 6 inch reflective telescope. Cliff sang as a tenor in a barbershop quartet and in the choir at Lake Shore United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Later in life Cliff became an artist and embraced painting. He was a published author. He carefully followed national politics.

Cliff is preceded in his passing by his mother Zelda, his father Arthur, his sisters Louise Robertson and Gladys Sturrock, his brother Bill and an infant brother Stephen. Cliff was married to Margaret (Page) for 72 years and was the loving father of his daughter Amy (Brooks) & Dan Laity and son Christopher Brooks & Bethany Laws, as well as three grandchildren, Colleen (Brooks) & Brian Dudley, Steven Laity & Rebecca Brown and Kevin Laity & Marion Richards. Cliff had six great-grandchildren, Emma Dudley, Fiona Dudley, Amelia Laity (deceased), Eliana Laity, Connor Laity and Samantha Laity.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice in memory of Cliff. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11am at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 163 Avon-Belden Road, Avon Lake. Inurnment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date. 440-933-3202


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My name is Ken Sedlak, a former Marine and Mr. Brook's guardian on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. To be associated with a World War II Veteran, and to be his guardian is an absolute honor and privilege. The WWII Vets are truly in a class all by themselves. They didn't just save the United States and England, they saved the world, plain and simple. God Bless, Mr. Brooks. Semper Fi

Posted by KEN SEDLAK - LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, OH - Served in the Military together   November 04, 2019

Cliff, You were the greatest!
Rest in peace You were one of the finest photographers at NASA

Richard Texler

Posted by Richard Texler - Middleburg Heights, OH - Coworker   November 02, 2019

Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed.

Posted by Craig Bevan - Elyria, OH - Friend   November 01, 2019

I fondly remember as a child weekend trips to visit Aunt Marg and Uncle Cliff. He will be greatly missed by all. Hugs to Aunt Marg, Amy and Chris. Tammi(niece and cousin)

Posted by Tammi Marvel - Saint Petersburg, FL - Family   October 30, 2019

We have lost a wonderful family man, friend, and so much more. I am very grateful that I had the chance to know him as a friend, photographer, lunch companion, and photo trip teacher and companion ( I learned much from Cliff) and will miss him. Eleanor Roosevelt said "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." Cliff left his prints not only on my heart but so many more.

Posted by Jack Seemuth Seemuth - Bay Village, OH - Friend   October 25, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories give you peace and comfort in your time of need. The Lord will take care of him now!

Posted by Linda Galley(Laity) - Buffalo, NY - Family   October 23, 2019


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We have lost a wonderful family man, friend, and so much more. I am very grateful that I had the chance to know him as a friend, photographer, lunch companion, and photo trip teacher and companion ( I learned much from Cliff) and will miss him. Eleanor Roosevelt said "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." Cliff left his prints not only on my heart but so many more.