Maurice J. Brookes 1921-2017

CORTLAND — Maurice J. Brookes, 96, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.

Maurice was born March 6, 1921, in Cradley Heath, England, to the late John and Annie Treadwell Brookes. Maurice and his family immigrated to the United States in 1930.

Mr. Brookes was a graduate of Belle Vernon High School in Belle Vernon, Pa. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as an airplane crew chief.

Maurice was a member of Cortland Christian Church. He was a member of VFW Post 7614 in Johnston, the Jerusalem Lodge 19 F&A.M. and the Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his children, Thomas Brookes of Cortland and Linda (Marty) Futscher of Geismar, La.; a grandson, Thomas (Kristy) Futscher of Houston; and six great-grandchildren, Caleb, Zoe, Hailey, Kennedy, Mason and Reagan Futscher.

Besides his parents, Maurice was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, the former Betty J. Beaumont, whom he married Nov. 25, 1944, and who died Aug. 4, 2014. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at the Lane Funeral Home, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 N. High St., Cortland. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

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