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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 4:59 pm

Rupert Brooke of Solana Beach, California passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

First and foremost, Rupert leaves behind a wonderful, lasting legacy of most loving husband to his wife of 67 years, Betty Lou Brooke, and of a really great Dad to his children, Wendy (Brooke) Toomey and James Brooke. And of course, the absolute joys of his life were his six grandchildren, Patrick, Andrew and Hollyn Toomey, and Alex, Collin and Peter Brooke.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rupert was raised in a strong, very close-knit family. His brothers and sister, Rex, Hubert and Roberta, were inseparable. Growing up and throughout his life, he loved ice hockey, tennis, golf and many other activities. As a family in his youth, attending church together each Sunday and living Christian principles to the best of their abilities became very important to the Brooke’s, and was to guide Rupert throughout his life. In junior high school the most important event of his life occurred: he met the love of his life, Betty Lou (Bryan) Brooke.

Rupert attended Oklahoma A & M for a year, and then was awarded an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with the Class of 1947. At the Academy, he was known as “Pug”...short in stature, but very strong at heart. Betty Lou finally consented to being his wife, and they were married in May, 1947. Rupert loved the Navy, and served a distinguished 30-year career as a Tailhook Naval aviator until retiring with the rank of Captain in 1976.

Post-Navy Rupert dedicated his life and participated in activities where he could serve others. He served in many positions at the Rancho Santa Fe Christian Science Church along with his brother, Hubert. Rupert also volunteered to be a weekly Calculus tutor for many years at Torrey Pines High School, saving the day for many struggling students who needed his assistance.

The memories of Rupert are many: He loved making waffles from scratch for his grandchildren, he was always up for a round of golf or a couple of sets of tennis at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, he loved being with kids, he loved taking the family to the mountains to ski, he always loved engaging in a rousing discussion of politics or any issue of the day. When getting around got a little more challenging, Rupert became an active team organizer and player for dart baseball or Wii golf. Rupert lived his life by the principles he loved and held dear...he was a true role model to those around him.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Fredericka Manor Employee Appreciation Fund, 111 Third Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910. This dedicated staff worked tirelessly to ensure Rupert was supported and comforted during his time there.

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