SACO — John “Jack” Thomas Brooks, a past resident of Wardwell in Saco, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at St. Andre Health Care in Biddeford.

He was born in Millinocket on Jan. 26, 1926, the son of James and Leona (Landry) Brooks. He graduated from Stearns High School, in Millinocket where he excelled in baseball and basketball. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served in France during World War II. He was a recipient of a purple heart.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Jane Creehan in 1945, and they settled in Biddeford to raise their three children.

Jack worked for Saco Lowell, Biddeford Saco Coal & Oil Company and the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Biddeford. After retirement in 1986, he and Sarah relocated to Nalcrest, Florida, where Jack led a very active life, golfing, playing softball, and playing tennis, well into his 80s. Jack was a master of remembering jokes, which he enjoyed telling over and over again. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jack was a long time member of the Biddeford-Saco Elks.

Mr. Brooks was a communicate of Good Shepherd Parish, formally serving at St. Mary’s until it closed. He currently served at Most Holy Trinity in Saco.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Sarah in 2004; his daughter, Bonnie Miller Meserve in 2011; his parents; and all of his siblings.

He is survived by: his daughter, Karen Simard and her husband Leo of Biddeford; his four grandchildren, Dr. Tabitha Werblud, A.J. Miller III, Cynthia St. Onge and Hilarie Allie; his seven greatgrandchildren, Alexandra, Matthew, and Gabriel Werblud, Leah and Ruby St. Onge, Grace and Jack Allie; many nieces and nephews; and special friends at Wardwell in Saco.

Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, from 10-11:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at Cote Funeral Home, 87 James St., Saco.

Donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Wardwell Home, 43 Middle St., Saco, ME 04072.

Please visit www.cotefuneralhome.com to view Jack’s tribute page and to sign his online guestbook.