Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home on Monday, November 25, from 4-8pm. The funeral Mass will be Tuesday, November 26 in St Cecilia Church in Leominster at 10:00 am. Burial will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Beacon of Hope, 62 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453
Fitchburg- Fay I. Brooks 82, of Fitchburg passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 surrounded by her family. Fay was born in Leominster on January 25, 1937 the daughter of the late C. Alden and Eugenie (Surette) Bachand.
She leaves behind her five children; Robert Brooks Jr and his wife Sherry of Hubbardston, David Brooks and his wife Lorna of Fitchburg, Thomas Brooks and his wife Cheryl of Leominster, Carol Dolan and her husband Paul of Paxton, Andrew Brooks and his wife Deirdre of Gardner. Also, Robert Brooks, their father.Eight Grandchildren; Ashley Brooks, Derek Brooks and his wife Kimberly, Courtney Brooks, Lauren Brooks, Mathew and Amanda Fay Dolan, and Larissa and Drew Brooks. Two Great Grandchildren; Sandino and Sadie Fay Brooks. Her sisters Jean Nadeau and her husband Ed of NH, Carol Gaylord and her husband Tom of CT, and Sandra Butts of DE. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sisters Phyllis and Linda and brothers Phillip and Alfred.
Fay attended St Cecilia’s School and is a graduate of Leominster High School Class of 1956. She also attended The School of Practical Arts in Boston. After her family was grown, she went back to school and received her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Newbury College and is a Certified Chef, she also trained at the Prestigious La Varenne at The Greenbrier in Virginia. Fay worked as a local chef as well as running her own catering company, International Catering by Fay. Fay is a talented and accomplished Artist, winning various awards at the Annual Leominster Art Association Exhibit. She loved painting and sharing her talents with family and friends. She taught ceramics classes in her home manyyears ago and taught painting at the Fitchburg Greens, where she lived. Fay enjoyed gardening, watching Boston sports, volunteering, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cookingand painting with them. She loved family outings. Fay was the biggest fan and supporter of her children and grandchildren. She loved going to their school events, dance recitals, and sporting events, no matter what theweather, she was there. A lifelong member of St Cecilia’s Church, and a communicant of St Anthony’s, her Faith and her Family were most important to her.
She enjoyed volunteering for many years with The Beacon of Hope, which was very special to her. In addition, she was a volunteer for various other organizations such as Sholan Farm, local nursing homes, as a Den Mother for her sons’ Cub Scouts, and Leominster Council on Aging Senior Center.
Fay was a member of the American Culinary Federation, Leominster Art Association, Fitchburg Art Museum, The Red Hat Society of Leominster, the Women’s Caucus for Art, and the Child of Mary.
A true role model, Fay led by example with kindness, patience and love. She will be greatly missed.