UPDATED: Monson, Brimfield parishioners mourn passing of Father Jeddie Brooks, 63
SPRINGFIELD – Parishioners of St. Patrick Parish in Monson and St. Christopher Parish in Brimfield are mourning the passing of their former pastor and administrator, respectively, Father Jeddie P. Brooks Jr., 63, who died Feb. 4 at home.
A native of Adams, Father Brooks was the son of Lenore (Harrington) Brooks and the late Jeddie P. Brooks Sr. He graduated from Adams Memorial High School and studied at Don Bosco College, Newton, N.J.; St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn.; and Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y. He completed his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained to the priesthood on June 25, 1977 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Adams by then Springfield Coadjutor Bishop Joseph F. Maguire.
Father Brooks first served as parochial vicar at the former Our Lady of Hope Parish in Springfield and then at St. Mary Parish in Longmeadow. In 1994, he was appointed pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Monson, serving there until his retirement, due to health reasons, in 2013. In 2003, he was named administrator of St. Christopher Parish in Brimfield, and also remained in that position until his retirement. At the diocesan level, Father Brooks served as youth activities coordinator in the second district of the Greater Springfield Deanery.
He was a fourth degree knight and a former chaplain of three Knights of Columbus councils, a regional director of the Order of Alhambra, past president of the Monson Rotary Club and a knight of the Holy Sepulcher. He also was a member of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Diocese of Springfield, and chaplain of the Third Order Carmelites of the Springfield Diocese,
During his pastorate at St. Patrick’s in Monson, he oversaw many repairs and improvements to the church and its cemetery. Most recently, he oversaw interior renovations and repainting which were completed in the fall of 2012.
He is survived by his mother, Lenore R. Brooks of Pittsfield; a sister, Cathrine Sanginetti, and her husband, Michael, of Pittsfield; a nephew, Nicholas Sanginetti, and a niece, Carly Sanginetti.
The wake for Father Brooks will be held in St. Patrick Church, 22 Green St., Monson, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m-6 p.m., with a vigil service at 6 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in St. Patrick Church, with burial in Bethany Cemetery, Monson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Patrick's Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 473, Monson, MA 01057.