R. Keith Brookins

September 22, 1938February 7, 2020

R. Keith Brookins, 81, passed away peacefully at home on February 7, 2020. Keith was born in Tampa on September 22, 1938. He was a life-long resident of Tampa graduating from Hillsborough High School and furthering his studies at USF. Keith served in the Navy where he learned electronics and was a radar operator on board the USS Wasp Aircraft Carrier. In 1969, Keith started Brookins Communications specializing in office automation products and worked until his last day on earth. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, boating, golfing, skiing and motorcycling riding. Keith was a caring father and grandfather, loving husband and a loyal friend to all who knew him. He is predeceased by his parents, Birdie and Elliott Brookins; step-father, Morris Reale; brother, Mark Brookins; sister, Audrey Carroll; and wife, Sandra Brookins. He is survived by daughters, Lisa Maxwell (Jon), Laura Bode (Bruce); bonus sons, Buddy Shaver (Liz), David Shaver (Carolyn); grandchildren, Rachael, Chelsea, Steven, Chrissy, Bradley, Gabbie and Ashley; nephew, Shawn (Stephanie) Carroll; niece, Kelly Carroll; loving partner, Carol Robins; and beloved dog, Gidget. Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, FL 33548. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 19, 2020


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Lee Surrett

February 19, 2020

I met Keith in 1965. We attended University Baptist Church in Tampa. We played softball together for a number of years. Keith was always energetic and full of life. May God welcome him with open arms and give comfort to his family.
Lee Surrett

Pat Graffy (Dishman)

February 18, 2020

To Lisa, Laura and all of your loving family and friends,

I am so sorry to learn of your dad's passing, it seems far too soon. Keith will live long and large in my heart and I am sure in the hearts of all who knew and loved him -- his laugh and twinkly-eyed smile are his lasting memory and legacy for me. I have a real estate closing long scheduled at work for Wednesday and most likely will not be able to attend in person.

I am sorry that I won't be with you tomorrow as you say your final goodbyes, but my heart will be with you tomorrow and always.

Liz Affronti

February 17, 2020

Thank you Keith, for being a loving father to our children Lisa and Laura; grandpa to our grandchildren Rachael and Chrissy and special friend and father to our sons in law Bruce and Jon. They all loved you and were blessed to be a part of your large and caring family.
Joe and I and all these will join you in heaven in God's due time and we will rejoice with Jesus for eternity.
Rejoice in the Lord! :-)

Linda Hasbrouck

February 15, 2020

Keith was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. RIP

Mike and Darlene Bodnar

February 14, 2020

So sad to hear of Keith's passing although we know where he is, with his Savior Jesus forever! I think of loved ones giving him the grand tour of Heaven, so excited everywhere he turns his head. No more work, schedules, praising the Lord, rejoicing and loving Jesus! Hard to believe over four decades ago I met Keith when my cousin Marie Davidson worked for him, then my sister, Donna, and I trained for sales there, but my 55 Dodge at the time wasn't exactly a car for sales then, lol. Keith always had a smile and kind words of encouragement, offer of help, and gathering or party to make lives happier and more hopeful. Thank you Keith, for everything!!! May the promises and love of Jesus comfort family and friends at this time and always.

gene warm

February 14, 2020

I've known Keith for many years we worked together in business for over 10 years and stayed friends for the last 30 years. Always was there to open a door aan say come on and stay with me and when he came over here and east coast many many times and stay with us when my wife was alive in Coral Springs Florida. Gonna miss you Keith sorry didnt get a chance to see you in the last few years, we've talked many times on a phone with many memories and many laughs. God-bless you Keith rest In peace. Your old friend Gene WarmπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™