Obituary of James Vanston Brooks
James (Jim) Vanston Brooks passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Inova Loudoun Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Kidwell Brooks, sons Christopher (Kellie) Brooks, Allen (Eva) Brooks and John Tyler Brooks, brother Peter (Debbie) Brooks, sister Sarah Dinopolous, grandchildren Dylan Brooks, Taylor Rose Brooks and Baby Girl Brooks due in November. Nieces and nephews Heather (Tom) Sessoms, Matthew Brooks, Shawn Brooks, Allie Dinopolous, Cassie Dinopolous, Dan (Lori) Borden, Reid (Sandi) Borden and sister in law Catherine Kidwell Borden. Jim also shared his home with beloved cat Gidget.
Jim was preceeded in death by his parents James C. Brooks and Virginia Vanston Brooks, his sister Mary Elizabeth Brooks Croxford and daughter Caroline Kidwell Brooks.
Jim was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and served during the Vietnam war. He retired from Federal Express after 30 years of service.
Jim was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and he lived in a house divided by the Washington Redskins. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, watching cooking shows and planning meals around them, he wasn't too keen on doing the dishes though. He was a fan of Frank Sinatra and the Big Band era. Jim's love was the beach, especially Myrtle Beach, where he met many people and made lifelong friends.
A memorial service for Jim will be conducted by Father Rob Merola, at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church, 201 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA 20164 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in memory of James V. Brooks.