Gilbert E. Brooks Sr., a retired car transport employee and an avid hunter and archery champion, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Tuesday at his home in Hampden. He was 61.
A lifelong Hampden resident and amateur home remodeler, Mr. Brooks renovated a duplex into the residence he shared with his wife of nearly 43 years, the former Lois Arrington.
He worked for 30 years at Leaseway Motor Carrier, formerly known as Anchor Motor Freight, as the yardman and a jack-of-all-trades.
He attended Robert Poole High School through the 10th grade.
"He dropped out of school, but he was a very skilled man with his hands," said a son, Gilbert E. Brooks Jr. of Parkville. "There was almost nothing he couldn't do when he put his mind to it."
An accomplished archer, Mr. Brooks filled one room in his home with trophies from his most memorable hunts and archery tournaments. He won several national and state championships in field archery.
"Hunting is a real family tradition that goes back a long way, and he loved everything about it, even built his own arrows," said his son, a Baltimore City firefighter. "My dad would take us hunting every weekend during bow season."
Mr. Brooks was a longtime member and former officer of Redman's Hall, Tecumseh Tribe, a fraternal organization in Hampden, and the Baltimore Bowmen, an archery club. He also was active in several national hunting associations.
Services were held yesterday in Hampden.
In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Edward L. Brooks II of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Helen King of Shelley, Idaho; brothers Sonny Brooks of Harrington, Del., and Guy Brooks of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.