Robert Ambrose Brooks

September 19, 1936September 15, 2016
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BROOKS, Robert "Bob" Ambrose, 79, of Surprise, Arizona, a United States Air Force Veteran, passed away peacefully at home, on September 15, 2016, after a year long battle with Cancer. Bob was born on September 19, 1936 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Augustus Brooks and Hazel Bell Allen Brooks. Bob graduated from Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served ten years as an Airborne Radio Operator. Bob was hired by Digital Equipment Corporation as one of only six Bench Techs hired. He left Digital as a Vice President in 1991. He attended the Stanford Executive Program for Senior Managers in 1975, as well as the Advanced International Management Program, INSEAD, France in 1991. He eventually retired from Corporate America. Bob loved to sail and could frequently be found sailing in the San Francisco Bay. He sailed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he retired. Bob was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed college football, and cheering the PAC-12, and on Sunday's, it was all about his 49er's! He enjoyed watching basketball too, and had the honor of presenting LA Lakers Coach Pat Riley with the "Coach of the Year Award" on behalf of his company. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Luz Maria Hernandez Landeros; and by his beloved children, son, Dedrick Robert (Chatelle) Brooks; daughter, Tamara Lynn Brooks; son, Andre (Francine) Brooks; and step-daughter, Alejandra Y. Tellez Hernandez; by his grandchildren, Desirae, Devin, Skylar, Chase, Xavier, and twins, Tori and Kingston; his great-grandchild, Micah; his brother, Hosea Thomas (Marisa) Brooks; and by his sister, Hazel Delores Brooks Dollison; and by many nieces and nephews and extended family. Bob was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a friend to all. He will be forever missed by all who knew him. Arrangements under the direction of Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, Arizona. A Visitation will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Road, Surprise, Arizona 85374. The Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Chapel at Surprise Funeral Care at 11:00 AM, with a Reception to follow at the Irish Wolfhound at 16811 N. Litchfield Road, #104, Surprise, Arizona 85374. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to a charity which supports Cancer Research. If you prefer to send flowers, want information about travel arrangements and accommodations, and to sign the guestbook online and send memories, condolences, and well-wishes to the family, please visit,



  • Visitation Friday, September 23, 2016
  • Celebration of Life Gathering Saturday, September 24, 2016


  • Reception

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Lyle Trapani

February 4, 2017

Rest in peace Bob, I will never forget your support and superior direction. Thank you! Lyle Trapani, Field Service Manager, El Segundo, CA

Patrick Pabillare

October 3, 2016

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

September 24, 2016

Bob; may you rest in peace and special condolences to your family. Bob was indeed a great mentor to us all. God bless you.
Sylvia "Hankins Allen ( Las Vegas, NV)

Ronald (Ron) Wolf

September 23, 2016

I write this with a heavy heart, to, "Roberts family, and friends". Where shall I start, well the best place would be when I first met Bob early in our employment at Digital. This started a journey of friendship that lasted thru our professional careers and carried on, until his recent passing. Those years have been filled with exciting experiences that Bob and I shared during the good times and the not so good times. I have always believed that God brought us together thru our business relationship, which also allowed us time, to share our personal challenges in life. Robert (Bob) was not just a friend, but the very best Brother.
Robert, "Rest in Peace my Brother"

Robert Carmichael

September 23, 2016

Bob was the field service manager in the Southern California office when I first joined DEC as a sales rep. in 11/66. He and his service team fixed many of my customer's hardware problems with expedience. He was very customer oriented and a I enjoyed our working relationship. We interfaced numerous times during our long careers at DEC. My sincere condolences to the family.

Lou Tamarra

September 23, 2016

I was literally devastated upon receiving an email on Bob's passing. This was really unexpected since we had no idea that he was ill and had moved back to the US. Bob was much more than a boss or friend and we have known each other for nearly 5 decades.
He hired me in Aug. 67 as an FE working out of the Anaheim office yep, the old So. Cal district and I truly enjoyed the environment, coworkers, freedom to act, and the social activity. So much so that I was really ready to roll every day of the week and couldn't wait to go to work. What a novel change?
I worked directly for him for 10 years and during that time Bob became much more than just my boss or friend but an integral part of this family. Spent many times together on weekends just enjoying the company of his family with other DEC members home gatherings and picnics at the park.
He was very instrumental in grooming me to what I am today. In particular, the many CS and personnel situations that required immediate attention. His advice was DO THE RIGHT THING. Company guidelines and policy, financial impact, etc. was never an obstacle in decision making. To this day, that philosophy has guided me in my professional, social, and spiritual life. Thank you Bob no regrets.
We will miss you but I look forward to seeing you again. Rest in peace and many condolences to your family from this family
Lou & Lu Tamarra

Don Leighton

September 22, 2016

Our hearts are heavy with the news of Bob's passing.

Bob was a major force in my life. Early in my career at Digital he rescued me from what had been a major failure as the Manhattan Service Manager, saved me when others were writing me off and not willing to give me another chance. As my new boss, he provided the perfect environment to thrive, grow and become successful. We had a lot of fun in the meantime a period of time that was the most enjoyable of my career. Over time, Bob and I became good friends. He was the best man at our wedding and for many years we vacationed together with Bob as the captain of our sail boat.

Bob demonstrated a level of class, dignity and professionalism that was not equaled in all my years of experience. He was special.

We will miss him.

Our condolences to the family during this difficult time.

Don & Gail Leighton

September 21, 2016

My condolences to the entire Brooks family.Bob was a wonderful neighbor of mine for the last 7 years.I recall the many times we chatted while working on our yards or in the garage and had to remind ourselves to get back to work. I would also see Bob at the Fitness center at times and talk Football.
My wife Linda and I will miss him, but hold him in our memories.
Jim & Linda Kowalczewski (Surprise Az. )

Doreen Moss

September 20, 2016

My sincerest condolences to Bob's family. We met in 1953 at Englewood and he was one of my late husband's (Bill) best friends. Bob and I corresponded via email until it was no longer possible. Memories are what God gives you when He calls our loved ones home.

Jim Sipe

September 20, 2016

Bob was the last person to interview me for a Field Service Engineer job in the Seattle DEC office. I must have done something right, because I was hired for the position in 1971. Later as a Branch Manager I had the opportunity to interface directly with Bob. Bob always provided guidance for new managers that was greatly appreciated. I was proud to have known him.