Brooks Sr.


RICHARD C. BROOKS SR. was a career Camden police officer. A Navy veteran of World War II, he had already become a member of the department by the summer of 1968.

Richard Brooks was active as a member of the USS New Jersey Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons, and was the lodge Grand Master in 1978. This lodge has had among its members many Camden police officers including Howard Quick, Ray Garrison, and Leroy Palmer


Rich was on Tac Force when I joined the Camden PD.  He was one of my first partners when I got assigned to the unit in '68.  Willie Guidotti gave him the nickname, "Giggles". 

He once shot the clock off the wall at a all night card game in the K-9 offices beside the city garage after work.  Everybody had agreed to stop the game at five AM, but Giggles was losing and wanted keep playing to get his money back.  I guess he figured that if he stopped the clock before 5:00 AM the game should continue.  So, he shot the clock with his .38 and laid the gun on the table.  Contrary to the agreed upon quit time, everybody decided to stay and play a bit longer! 

Larry Worrell
June 29, 2008.

Camden Courier-Post * June 29, 2008

On June 28, 2008, of Magnolia, NJ. Age 81. Son of the late Mattie and Bink Brooks. Beloved husband Pauline (nee Wilson). Loving father of Jacqueline Rivera, and Richard C. Brooks, Jr. both of Magnolia. Grandfather of Joseph, Jr., Dennis, Diana, Paula, and Carla Rivera. Great grandfather of Ariana Rivera, Donte Baumann, Jaelyn Rivera, Xavier Harvey. Dear brother of Marie Blackwell of Moscow, TN., Mabel Bullock, Red Bank, MS., and Florence Houck of Ooltewah, TN., and the late Doris, David, Charles and Evan. Also survived by many nieces & nephews.
Mr. Brooks was a Veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. Richard worked and retired as a Police officer for the City of Camden. He was 1978 Past Master USS NJ Masonic Lodge #62, a member of NJ PBA and FOP, NCT(National Camping Travelers), Rainmakers Chapter 8. He was a member of VFW Post 8467 in Meadows of Dan, VA. and a member of the Logan Mem. Presbyterian Church, Audubon.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday evening from 7-9PM and Wednesday 9:30 to 10:30AM at the HANNA FUNERAL HOME, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Hts, NJ 08035.(856) 854-3863. Funeral Service 10:30AM Wednesday. Interment Lakeview Mem. Park, Cinnaminson, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be to either Holistic Care Hospice, 14 Hooper Ave. Suite 305, Toms River, NJ 08753, or the Alzheimer's Assoc. 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106



USS New Jersey Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons - March 2008

USS New Jersey Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons - February 2008