Stephen J. Brooks

Stephen J Brooks - Gates, NY - Rochester Cremation

Gates, NY:  September 21, 2020 at the age of 68.

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother & Friend.  Steve died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Steve is predeceased by his Parents, Edgar J. Brooks and Louise (Gefell) and his brother-in-law John Cappello.  He is survived by his wife and best friend, Eileen C. Brooks, his children April VanGelder (Bill Donofrio) and Adam Brooks.  His two grandchildren, Abigail VanGelder and Nicholas VanGelder.  His siblings, Barbara Cappello, William (Marie) Brooks, and Douglas (Eileen) Brooks.  Several dear nieces, nephews and close friends.  Steve also leaves behind his beloved Havanese Dog, Lilly.

Steve served as a Sergeant in the Army, Military Police serving in Germany for 4 years.  He returned after his service to work at Eastman Kodak Company for the next 35 years.  Steve enjoyed fishing, he was an avid bowler and he loved spending time with family and friends.

Due to current circumstances we will only be having a private immediate family service.  We will at a later date have a celebration of Steve’s life with all his expanded family and friends that we will very much miss seeing at this time.

Steve was a lung cancer survivor.  He received exceptional medical care throughout his illnesses. Donations may be made to Rochester General Hospital in memory of Stephen J. Brooks to support others in their time of need.  Checks should be mailed to: Rochester Regional Health Foundation, Attn: Stephen J. Brooks, 300 Monroe Ave. Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14607. Or via the website

9 Condolences

  1. Mary (Flanagan) and Mike Lissow on September 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Eileen and April and Adam, and all my cousins and their extended families! May Steve’s soul rest in the peace of Christ.

  2. Steven & Patricia Ayers on September 23, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Our love and condolences to the whole Brooks family. We will always remember Steve with love and many fond memories. May God comfort you all, and May Steve rest in the arms of Jesus.
    Steve and Patty

  3. Peter J DiProjetto on September 23, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Rest In Peace Steve, I’m glad your cousin Ann and myself had the privilege of living next to you and Eileen this past year. You will be sadly missed. We will cherish our times with you and Eileen.

  4. Love, Ann and Peter DiProjetto on September 23, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Our love and prayers are with you all. May God watch over all of the Brooks family and over Steve whose gone home after a job well done. We enjoyed our time with you. You will be missed.

  5. Laurie and Rich Forbes on September 23, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Whenever we spent time with Steve, he always had a smile on his face. We will always remember Steve with that smile. Such a great guy….he will be missed. Sending our deepest sympathy to all the family. Love, Laurie and Rich Forbes

  6. Mike and Linda Flanagan on September 23, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord may he rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to Eileen and the rest of Steve’s family. I remember Steve as one who was always having fun and enjoying what every he wad doing. He waded a great kidder.

  7. Gale werner on September 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    we are so very sorry for your lose! You are a strong family and will be together in this sad period. Love and thoughts. Gale and Ceil Ewanow

  8. Susan & Jay Keller and family on September 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the Brooks family. We are thinking about you all and hope you will always keep Steve close at heart and remember his memories you cherished with him. So sorry for your loss. ❤️ We will always remember Steve with his great personality and sense of humor. Stay strong for him 😘

  9. Gail and John Gefell on September 27, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Dear family,
    There isn’t any words that can be said to ease the pain you are all feeling right now losing Steve, just know that we share in your sorrow and sending you all healing hugs as you go through these difficult days ahead!

Leave a Condolence

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.