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Brooks many things to many people


Brooks many things to many people
Retired journalist Al Gilkes placing a wreath on the grave of long-time colleague Gordon Brooks. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)

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For three decades, Gordon Frankshot Delisle Brooks featured panoramas of iconic places like Lord’s and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Yesterday at his funeral service at St George Parish Church, his adoring family and friends just wanted one last image of the departed photographer extraordinaire.

Brooks, who brought swagger, style and world-class skills to photography, was remembered by all and sundry as humble, endearing and easy to get along with, whether playing Scrabble at home or strolling on the south coast along Miami Beach.


Brooks many things to many people
Gordon Brooks (FILE)

Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, distinguished attorney-at-law Sir Richard Cheltenham, cricket great Sir Wesley Hall, and revered photographer Ronnie Carrington headlined the congregation – at the 100-quota maximum stipulated by the COVID-19 authorities – but there was much more to the pews than big names.

Brooks, who was proud to refer to the Back Ivy in St Michael as his hometown, was a man with a winning smile, and several colleagues from the journalistic profession, members of his Lions Club South, and just plain well-wishers were among those bidding farewell. (MK)

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