Adam Chapin Brockus

October 13, 1966February 17, 2021

BREMERTON, WA - Adam Chapin Brockus, age 54, of Bremerton, WA, died February 17, 2021, at a local nursing home.

The only thing we ever heard Adam brag about was his family, and even that was not too often. He had an exuberant personality, always ready to laugh, but was quiet about his many accomplishments. He was active in his local union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Adam was an active participant in local politics, serving as a page in the Florida State Legislature during his youth, with the 23rd Legislative District here in Washington State, and served two terms as a Bremerton City Councilman. He served for many years with the Manette Business Association and also with the Ferry Advisory Council, advocating for our Ferry system. Adam was an Elder with the Presbyterian Church of the USA, serving in that capacity at his local church, Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church. Adam was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, where he was posted to the DMZ in the 1980’s. He was working at the Puget Sound Naval Yard as a Civil Engineer at the time of his death. His greatest love was building bridges. He built physical bridges and bridges between communities and between people.

Adam was interested in everything and liked to be going and doing. Opera, the symphony, ballet, modern dance, rock concerts, bar concerts, lectures, plays, museums of all types, amusement parks, natural wonders. He wanted to see and know all he possibly could. He traveled the world, seeing and learning about it. And sports! Oh, my! His beloved Tampa Bay Bucs and Seattle Seahawks were followed with much enthusiasm. Along with baseball, basketball, hockey, and every other sport under the sun. He went to every game he possibly could.

Adam was a strong believer in the ties of family. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, nephew, and cousin. Whenever he was needed, he was there. He was unstinting in his giving of time to the family. He was just always there, quietly finding ways to make our lives better, easier, more fun and fulfilling. Living up to his memory, to his example, is the task he has given us as we remember him. Adam was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Harold Martin Brockus; his stepbrother, John Douglas “Doug” Buchanan, Jr.; his stepsister, Kimberly Paige Buchanan; and his stepfather, John Douglas Buchanan.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Abraham Brockus. By his mother, Dr. Janice Chapin Swartz (Rev. James H. Swartz). By his stepchildren, Daniel Joseph Grimins, Jr. (Caytlyn Brooke), Rachel Chantelle Morris (Michael L. Woodriff); and his beloved grandchildren. By his siblings, Sarah Brockus, Paul Brockus, Maria Brockus-Watson and their spouses and children, by his nieces Kayla Buchanan and Morgan Buchanan, and by his dearly loved aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

An online Memorial Service (due to Covid-19) will be held on March 13, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Please contact Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, or call at 360-377-2740, for further information


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Georgia Gatzke

March 1, 2021

I met Adam at work. When Jill said Yes and they were finally going to be married, Adam told me their story. It touched me so much I cried. It was a true love story. He was SO overjoyed to look forward to being married to Jill. Then he brought her in to work and introduced her to everyone. Both of them glowed. He was always, always happy to hear Jill's name or be able say, "Jill said hello." It deeply touched me to see a man who was so unabashedly in love. Jill was absolutely always kind and pleasant when she would stop in at the office.

I'm glad I got to meet Adam. My heart is with you, Jill

Eric Fleischer

February 25, 2021

Sincerest condolences to Jill and the entire Brockus family. 54 is far too young. Adam's loss is a tragedy to everyone who's life he touched.

Adam was one of my best friends in college, and anytime we were able to get together after college was always great. I met much of the Brockus clan at our college graduation dinner. It's sad to think how many people were at that dinner and now are dearly missed. Though our families are quite different in many ways, the general warmth and decency made for a very pleasant celebration.

I also fondly remember celebrating with Adam at when he got his graduate degree, "Johnny Guitar," his bachelor weekend before he married Jill, and the unfortunately only time he got to meet my wife and son and visit our home.

This is a terrible loss, but I wish joy in memories of Adam and comfort to all.

Joel Deare

February 22, 2021

Adam had a contagious smile and was always using it at work. My condolences and prayers for comfort.

Georgette Chalker

February 21, 2021

Adam was such a gregarious fellow. One of our fondest memories is when he and Jill were visiting the East Coast, he invited the entire NY/Philly family to see his brother-in-law's show on Broadway titled "Johnny Guitar." It was a monumental time for all of us.

Yes indeedy, Adam always did things in a big way. Though he always had Jill to bring him down to earth. The two balanced one another perfectly. It was a grave shock to hear what happened to him over the last six months. It is the biggest crisis in our family at this time during Covid, when so many are suffering. He did not deserve any of this hardship considering his great goodwill towards others. Jill has been amazingly strong through it all. Never allowing the family to worry.

Adam had the biggest smile of anyone I knew and it genuinely came from his heart. When he and Jill fell in love, you knew he was the shining light she needed. They raised a family back east. They had some amazing trips together, yet finally found Brementon. It became their endearing home. It was great to visit and get the full Seattle/Brementown experience from one of Adam's tours of the two cities. His tours included a surreal moment to contemplate Mount Hood in the distance from a charming Seattle hill. When I think of him, I think of his charm, his wit and most of all his smile. May we all be greeted by his open arms on the other side. Love you Adam.


February 20, 2021

So sorry to hear, condolences and prayers to his family. It's a loss to this Democratic community. I first met him as a Bremerton resident at a Plan C ferry advocates public meeting, and later at local Dem Precinct Caucus meetings when he was a councilman. His passionate activism and leadership was impressive and tireless. He helped with the endorsement of my candidacy as a utility Commissioner and grateful to him for his networking facilitation. Aside from that enjoyed visiting with him at public events, local Manette history gatherings. His valuable contributions will be missed, but may he rest in peace. Mary Sevilla, Bremertonian

Lillian Crawford

February 20, 2021

So many good memories - carpooling to executive board meetings, seeing and hearing his joy when he announced that he was becoming a grandfather, his meaningful input at meetings, his warmth and friendliness. When I hear his name, I always see his smile. He will be missed.

Daryl Daugs

February 19, 2021

My heart goes out to Adam's family. I have many great memories of Councilman Brockus over the years. I remember fondly his excitement when he found out he was going to become a grandpa.

My favorite memory of Adam by far is of him "rapping" on the stage of the Manette Saloon. I believe it was at a political fundraiser or kickoff. I took a video with my phone and he made me promise never to show it to anyone.

Adam was a very good man and I am sad at his passing. May his memory be a blessing.

Dave Peterson

February 19, 2021

So sorry to hear of Adam’s passing. He was such a committed Democrat, supporter of labor, and advocate for Bremerton and his community. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Dave Peterson


February 19, 2021

Barbara and I are truly sorry for your loss.
You and yours will be in our thoughts and prayers.


Linda Lovgren Houlton

February 19, 2021

I have known Adam for many years. We were charter members of the Bremerton Ferry Advisory Committee; in fact there were times when we WERE the FAC! He was so intelligent and well informed and my go to guy for knowing everything that was going on! Can't even tell you how much I will miss him!