Captain Claude Henry Brook

Obituary of Captain Claude Henry Brook

Age 90 of Wolfville, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, surrounded by loving members of his family. Born on June 9, 1929 in Fullerton, Wherwell, England, he was the son of the late John Stacey and Mabel Laura (Foot) Brook. His early years were spent in a farming community in Berkshire, England. After finishing school, he went to naval college and sailed in the Merchant Marine. Claude married his beloved wife, Christina Joyce on December 22, 1951 and emigrated to Canada in June 1957, landing in Quebec City, Quebec. He worked on the Great Lakes until December 1960 and then moved his family to Saint John, NB to serve as an officer on a dredge working in the harbor there. In December 1961 he moved to Dartmouth and joined the Royal Canadian Navy becoming a commissioned officer in 1964. Transferred to the Cornwallis Naval Training Centre in 1966, he bought a farm in Bear River, returning to his farming roots. He resigned from the Navy in 1969 and joined the Fundy Gypsum Company sailing the gypsum ships out of Hantsport. Claude ended his working life as a member of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority first at Port Hawkesbury then in Sydney and retiring from his position in 1990 while living in Maces Bay near Saint John, NB. He moved back to Hantsport and then finally to Wolfville where he spent many happy years working in his gardens and travelling the world with his wife, Joy. Claude is survived by children, Jennifer, Sarah, Roger, Melanie and Wendy; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by them all. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). The family will be having a private gathering to celebrate Claude’s life in the funeral home’s Elmcroft Reception Centre at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Claude may be made to Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, PO Box 911, Kentville, NS B4N 4H8. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: “A Buy Not Taken Is A Buy Wasted”
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