Harry B. Brooks, 80, tree specialist


September 19, 2006

Harry B. Brooks, a retired tree service company worker, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Ferrum, Va. He was 80 and formerly a longtime resident of Woodstock in Baltimore County.

The Ferrum native attended public schools there, served in the Navy from 1945 to 1947 as a boatswain and worked as a logger in Virginia before coming to Baltimore in the late 1950s.

From 1962 until retiring in 1997, Mr. Brooks worked for A&A Tree Experts Inc.

"He was considered an expert on trees and worked all over the state, including the historic Wye Oak," said a daughter, Diane L. Bizzarri of Carroll Valley, Pa.

Mr. Brooks, who had returned to Ferrum this year, also raised and sold Christmas trees and firewood at his Woodstock home. He was an avid vegetable gardener.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, John Brooks of Berlin, Worcester County; four other daughters, Elizabeth Wilkerson of Glen Rock, Pa., Jeanne Brooks of Taneytown, Willie Eder of Ferrum and Anita Diaz of Los Angeles; 25 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Linda Ellis of Taneytown. Another daughter, Sharon Nash, died in 2001. His first wife died many years ago, and his second marriage ended in divorce.

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