Willard BROOKER

BROOKER Willard Wayne "Willy" Brooker beloved husband of Maryann of Blackfalds, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Willy is survived by his loving wife, Maryann Brooker, a son, Dustin (Sheri-Lee) Brooker, a grandson, Chace Brooker all of Blackfalds, two sisters, Loretta (Carl) Wick of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Diane Adams (Al Racine) of Balcarres, Saskatchewan, two nieces, Carla (Andy) Hellmer of Lacombe, Melissa (Shawn) Skinner of Sylvan Lake and a niece-in-law, Hollie Wick of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by a daughter, Jody Brooker, his parents, Howard and Katherine Brooker, a sister, Marie Domes and a nephew, Dean Wick. Willy was born in Saskatchewan and raised on the family farm near Griffin. In 1966 he headed for "the Bright Lights" of Weyburn where he began his apprenticeship program in the Automotive Industry, working for Barber Motors, Firestone and Beacon Motors. In 1969 he married Maryann "The Bride" (Willy’s words) and shortly after in 1973, headed to Alberta where Willy worked for M.E.L. Paving. Then he worked for Ted’s Gulf in Blackfalds for Five years where he obtained his certificate in the Motor Mechanic Trade June of 1977. In 1979 he started working at Border Paving for eight years. Willy's love of cars brought him back to the Automotive Industry for the remainder of his life. Willy's life was his family, friends, neighbors and old cars. One of his best gifts was how he made everyone feel loved and special with no conditions attached and this was reflected by his actions, kindness, good deeds and generosity. He believed "We are not made rich by what is in our pockets, But by what is in our hearts". He would never refuse to help repair a friend or stranger's vehicle, any time of the night or day. One of his greatest joys was his grandson Chace, teaching him the tools of his trade and the value of life and cruising in the 58. We will dearly miss Willy each and every day. Even when his illness was at its worst he still took pride in saying something to put a smile on your face. A casual informal Celebration of Willy’s Life will be held at the Blackfalds Multi-Plex, 5302 Broadway Avenue, Blackfalds, on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Cremation entrusted to Central Alberta Crematorium. In Lieu of Donations the family requests you do a favor for a friend like Willy would have done for you. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at: www.eventidefuneralchapels.com Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222.