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John P. Brooks

January 1, 1970 - May 29, 2009

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HOLLISTON John P. Brooks, 93, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at his home. Born in Holliston, the son of the late George W. W. Brooks and Mary M. (Poor) Brooks, he attended Holliston schools and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1937. Following graduation, he was employed as a hatchery man by Swift and Co. in Nebraska. In 1939, he returned to New England to join Wirthmore Feeds in their research department. In 1953, he joined the H.K. Webster Co. of Lawrence as director of purchasing and was a vice president when he retired in 1976. During this period, he was elected president of the Boston Grain and Flour Exchange, appointed to the Purchasing Council of the American Feed Manufacturers Association and later served on the Board of Directors of the National Grain and Feed Dealers Association. He was a member of Holliston’s first zoning board of appeals and the First Congregational Church. After retiring, John raised beef cattle and poultry at Brooksmont Farm in Holliston, where he enjoyed gardening and nature and was an avid bird watcher. In addition to his loving wife of 68 years, Eleanor, he is survived by three sons, Richard and his wife, Dottie, of Ossipee, N.H., David and his wife, Eileen, of Bethesda, Md., and Philip and his wife, Toni, of San Francisco; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Calling hours are at Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington St., Holliston, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, followed by a funeral home service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ernest Batten will officiate. Donations in his memory may be made to Massachusetts 4-H Foundation, 22 Eliot St., Ashland, MA 01721.