Patricia “Trish” Maureen Brooks, age 70, of Stratford, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in Stratford, daughter of the late James and Owna (Sewell) Brooks. Loving and proud mother of Natalie (Steve) Miller and Candice Kennedy. Cherished grandmother of Sydnie, Nolan, Emersyn and Joshua. Much loved sibling to Jim (Yvette) Brooks, Lynn (Garry) Ransom, Marion (John) Lott, Deb (Keith) Adair, Lori (Don) Taylor and her many nieces and nephews. Dear friend who will be missed by many. Once Trish graduated from high school, she went to The Stratford Normal School (1969) to become a school teacher. While she taught full time, Trish attended night school at Wilfred Laurier University where she attained her BA. Trish began her teaching career at Sprucedale Public School before settling into her career as a teacher at St. Michael’s, St. Ambrose and St. Patrick’s, Kinkora in the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board where she eventually retired (2001) after 32 years. During her time with the Catholic board she was an active member of OECTA and Retired Teachers Association for many years. Trish had many passions. Her love for travel had her cruising and touring all over the world, spending most of her summers in Britain and Europe.
Trish’s passion for travel led her to become an outside travel agent for Fettes Tours for many years allowing her to share her knowledge and thirst for adventure with others as she guided them from country to country. After her retirement, she became a tour guide for Cherrey bus lines. Trish also took an active role on the committee of Stratfords of the World – Sister Cities.
Trish was very active in the community. Trish was a member of the Festival Jubilee Chapter IODE for many years holding various executive positions with ending her tenure as the treasurer. She also continued to be a strong supporter of IODE even after she left the chapter. She also committed of her time with Friends of the Festival, Probus Club, St. James Anglican Church, St. James ACW, Stratford Choir and numerous other organizations. Besides her parents, Trish was predeceased by her brother Gary Brooks.
The family would like to sincerely thank the doctors and nursing staff of Stratford General Hospital for all their care and compassion.
In keeping with Trish’s wishes, cremation has taken place. And when time permits, there will be a celebration of her life at St. James Anglican Church. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. James Anglican Church-Food Bank or St. James Anglican Church Bell Tower Fund through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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