Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Former PLCAA leader Jim Brooks dies

We were saddened today to learn of the death of James Richard Brooks, 69. A note from Tom Delaney of the Professional Land Care Network informed us that Jim died Monday, May 3 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Embracing Hospice facility in Cumming, GA.

Those of you that have been in the lawn care business for more than few years probably remember Jim Brooks very well. A tall, handsome man with a deep resonant voice, Jim served as executive director of the Professional Lawn Care Association (PLCAA) in the 1980s, leading the Association during the period of its greatest growth. In total, Jim worked in the turfgrass industry for 17 years.

An excellent speaker and an accomplished amateur actor, Jim stayed very active after leaving PLCAA playing tennis, performing with local theater and devoting hours in services to the elderly in his community of Marietta, GA.

Jim received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Kansas where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilyn, and by two brothers, two sons and two grandchildren.

We remember Jim fondly and send our belated condolences to his family — Ron Hall

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