On December 28, 2016 our industry lost a marketing visionary and man who loved this industry like no other.  Richard Brooks passed away after a nearly four month battle to recover from surgery.  Our condolences to his family.

The obituary as it appeared in the Boston Globe newspaper is below:

BROOKS, Richard L. Of Wellesley, on December 28, 2016. Beloved husband of Beverlee (Packer) Brooks. Devoted father of Abigail and Elizabeth Brooks. Dear brother of Barry C. Brooks and his wife Toni. Services at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston (parking on the Riverway), on Monday January 2, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park, memorial observance will be held at his residence until 8:00pm and Tuesday 2-4, 7-9pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice . Richard was recognized internationally as a pioneer in the Hot-Dip-Galvanizing Industry and was widely renowned for his commitment to advancing the industry as a whole. He received a BS from Boston University in 1961. He was a Sales Executive for The Tinning Company in 1964. In 1965 he purchased the Duncan Galvanizing, and in 1984 he founded HI-Tech Plating. He served as President of The American Galvanizers Association from (1989-1991), and was a former member of the American Institute of Architects. In 1994 he was elected to The American Galvanizers Association Hall Of Fame. A master Mason at Mount Scopus and Converse Lodge for 56 years and affiliated in Boston University Lodge. Richard was a longtime member of Pinebrook Country Club. His passing leaves a void not only to his devoted family, but also to a wide circle of business associates and loyal friends.


Phil Rahrig

I will miss Richard’s weekly calls to my office.  He shared his ideas about how to make the Association better and to provide more services to its members.  He loved our industry’s association as much as his own company.

I will miss his sense of humor.  He called and identified himself as Mr. Dimplewad and several other outlandish names.

Despite him teasing me about my Catholic faith and his ardent effort to teach me a few Yiddish words, we had a common bond like a father and a son.

Safe journey my friend.

Phil Rahrig, Executive Director
American Galvanizers Association

Julian Dozier

We were close friends for over 35 years. Neither time nor distance diminished the closeness. The greeting was always a warm bear hug. We were together at Flanders Field, had a beer on a river bank in Germany, and dined together at Tivoli Garden. My kids call him Uncle Richard. My Cairn Terrier, named Duncan, was from a litter of his beloved Daisy. Richard flew him First Class from Boston to Denver to fulfill a promise. He said he would and he did. Typical. Richard was like a Big Brother to me. So many great memories. My heart is heavy.


So sad to hear of Richard’s passing. He was well known not only in USA but also here in the U.K. I well remember the first time I met Richard at a conference in England and what a character I found him to be. A few years later i flew into Boston on thanksgiving day and he left his family party to collect me from the airport and take me to my hotel. He was a good friend and will be sorely missed in the industry.
Roy Stevens

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