Steven John Brouker, 69, left this world on Saturday, January 22, 2022, following a recent illness. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on October 20, 1952, to Phyllis and John Brouker of Lee, Massachusetts, Steven graduated from Lee High School in 1971 and later earned an Associate’s Degree from the State University of New York, Albany.
Steven married Cynthia Flint, the love of his life, on June 25, 1977.
Steven proudly served his country in the United States Navy for twenty-four years, enlisting in 1971 and retiring in 1995, having earned the rank Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-4). During his honorable career in aviation ordnance, Steven became a commissioned officer in 1988 and was awarded the prestigious “Ordnance Officer of the Year”, from the United States Navy for his exemplary service during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War. Known by his call sign “Gunner”, he served aboard the flight decks of the USS Ranger (CVA-61), USS Forrestal (CVA-59), USS Saratoga (CVA-60), USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), USS Eisenhower (CVA-69), and the USS America (CVA-66).
In all that the “Gunner” experienced traveling the seven seas, what was most notable about his military service was his unbounded leadership and service to his shipmates. CWO-4 Brouker was a formidable force for good. He inspired all those who served with him.
A consummate storyteller, Steven was a walking sea shanty. Over an ice-cold cola, puffing on his tobacco pipe and donning his beloved New York Yankees cap, his tales were legendary. If he wasn’t telling stories in his garage, he was working on his vintage cars, and listening to the “oldies”. Following his retirement, Steve worked at Mead Specialty Paper in Lee, P.A.S. in Lenoxdale, and as a substitute teacher and playground monitor at Lee Elementary School.
Steven is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Flint) Brouker, his daughter, Kristen Brouker-Botelho and her husband, Kevin Botelho, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, his daughter Brittany Brouker of Lee, his granddaughter, Olivia Rose Aldrich of Hampton Bays, NY, his brother, Jeffrey Brouker and his wife, Debbie, of Becket, and his extended family including many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and pets, who he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Brouker Aldrich.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Steven will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 11 am at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Lenox Dale, MA with Monsignor John Bonzagni, officiating. Burial will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery in Pittsfield. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 4-6 pm at Kelly Funeral Home in Lee.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lee Veterans Relief Fund are greatly appreciated. Checks may be made payable to: Lee VFW Post 893 and sent in care of Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238.
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