Brooke was down to earth, kind and had an extraordinarily positive outlook on life. He will be fondly remembered for his warm smile, selfless nature, adventurous spirit, hard work ethic, sense of humor and willingness to always be with his family and friends.
Brooke leaves behind his wife, Irene Townsend; his four children, Kirkby, Kimberley (late Brett Sampson), Trevor and Deborah; and their mother Anne. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren — Kirk, Annie (Ryan Summerfield), Rory and Perry Townsend; Brooke, Charlotte and Tess Sampson; Jason and Megan Townsend; Andrew and Michael Dudley; step-grandchildren Tyler Garvey and Lindsey Ballantine; and predeceased by his grandson Jack Townsend.
Brooke was born on May 1, 1934 in Hamilton, Ontario to Kirkby and Lena Townsend. He was in the first class of Bachelor of Commerce at McMaster University and graduated in 1957. After graduation, he pursued his passion for accounting and management consulting into a career as a a lifetime starting with Clarkson Gordon where he became a CA. His passion for finance systems and assignments led him to Woods Gordon (now Ernst & Young), where he was a partner for 35 years. On his retirement in 1991, he joined his good friend, Gary Christie, at Fastforms and became its Chairman.
Outside of the office, Brooke had many interests that filled her life. He designed and built his family home and cottage. He loved the arts, the outdoors, hiking and boating. There have been many camping adventures in the Rockies and British Columbia in the Ford Falcon family station wagon. He was an avid skier and world traveler, and had interests ranging from vintage cars to classical music, jazz, theater, real estate investing, and international business.
Brooke was a firm believer in the importance of giving back to her community. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and served as volunteer treasurer for countless organizations, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Sincere thanks to Dr. Levine and Dr. Alzahrani of the Juravinski Cancer Center, as well as Lorraine Viilleneuve who was a dedicated and compassionate home caregiver. A celebration of life will follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, family and friends who wish to pay their respects to Brooke may donate to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, the Canadian Cancer Societyor a charity of your choice.
Published by The Hamilton Spectator on March 5, 2022.