Ranse E. Brooks, age 68, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (February 19, 2018) at Clifton Springs Hospital.
Friends may call Friday (February 23) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.A. Patrick Funeral Home, 26 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. A celebration of Ranse’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday (February 24) at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Clifton Springs YMCA in his memory.
Ranse was born June 1, 1949 in Newark, N.Y. the son of the late Walter and Mabel Brooks. Ranse was a member and past Master of Garoga Sincerity Lodge #200 and patron of the Eastern Stars. He was a member of the Newark Elks Lodge. He was a past president of the Clifton Springs Fire Department and a Trustee to the Clifton Springs Village Board. He retired in 2010 from G.W. Lisk Company after 43 years as an operations manager. During his time at G.W. Lisk, Ranse was instrumental in bringing Ontario, Seneca and Wayne ARC clients to G.W. Lisk as employees. Ranse, along with Clifton Spring Mayor William Hunter brought the Christmas food basket program to G.W. Lisk which increased its reach and participation. For several years Ranse coached Babe Ruth baseball. He enjoyed traveling with his buddies to watch various high school sports. Ranse also enjoyed visiting with friends at Talk of the Town in the mornings, playing euchre on Tuesday nights and driving his 1938 Chevy. For several years, he and his wife Sharon spent the winter months on the Alabama Coast where they forged deep and lasting friendship with their fellow “snowbirds”. But most important to him was his family. Ranse was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be sadly missed by all.
Ranse is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Sharon (Hoy) Brooks; sons Randy (Adrienne) and Chris (Kendra); grandchildren Zachary (Crystal with baby due in June) and Nicholas, Jason, Nick, and Carissa; four grand dogs; siblings Beth Hoad, Yvonne (David) Gibbs and Eric (Donna) Brooks; and sister and brother-in-law Barbara and David Klumb of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.