Brooke, Richard Douglas

March 6, 1948 - June 25, 2021

Richard Douglas Brooke of Plano, TX, age 73, passed from this earth on June 25, 2021.

Dick was born in Geneva, NY where he attended St. Stephens School and graduated from de Sales High School, Class of 1966 . He attended Rochester Institute of Technology and then began his career at Xerox. In 1984, Dick moved his family to Plano, TX where he worked for Texas Instruments. Shortly after, his career brought him to SSBA, which became MBNA and then Bank of America. He retired from Bank of America as Senior Vice President Business Executive – Technology in 2015. Dick loved his work, the people who worked for and with him and will be missed by all, especially Lee Kilborn of The Colony.

Dick was a huge sports fan. Baseball and the Texas Rangers came in first in his heart, followed by his beloved New York Giants. Dick loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and family. He loved family gatherings and was so incredibly proud of them all. His favorite pastime was simply spending time with the love of his life, Betty. From prom to surpassing 50 years, theirs is a love story for the ages.

Dick is lovingly survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Weise Brooke of Plano, TX. Also his five children, Richard Brooke Il and wife Holly of Cedar Park, TX, Shannon Norwood and husband David of Frisco ,TX, MaryElizabeth Ennis and husband Dr. Greg Ennis of Frisco, TX, Molly Brooke and wife Kristin Brooke of Garland, TX and Emily Brooke and partner Christine Harris of Plano, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dr. Jordan Elliott, Michael Brooke, Elizabeth Ennis, Sean Norwood, Maya Brooke, Riley Brooke, Quinn Brooke, Zachary Ennis, Pierce Brooke and Brogan Brooke. He will be greatly missed by his fur babies, grandpuppies and grandkitties, many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Dick is survived by Patricia Burg and Mary Jane Brooke-Gay and was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margaret Brooke and his beloved sister, Laurie Larish.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 11:00 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, TX.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to The American Heart Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.


Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

28 replies on “Brooke, Richard Douglas”

Brian Hagen says:

Dick Brooke was an exceptional person – I had the honor to work for him for a number of years. He truly gave me the opportunity of a lifetime for which I am eternally grateful.

Rest in Peace RDB, and God bless his family with comfort.


Karen Craft says:

Deepest condolences to the family…

Gigi Lenhart says:

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Brookes when it’s was SSBA and then MBNA and Bank of America. My deepest condolences to his family.

Mark Couch says:

Dick was a remarkable guy. He was strong, caring, courteous and understanding all in the same breath. I feel fortunate to have worked for him. RIP Boss God Bless Betty and the family.   

Bill Hanrahan says:

I had the privilege to work for, and with Dick, from early 1984 when he joined Texas Instruments, through RepublicBank Dallas, SSBA, MBNA, and Bank of America.

Dick was an incredible person who cared about all of us he worked with and even more about his family. He built teams of people who cared about, and looked after each other. I will always remember our time together and especially his words of wisdom when a much younger “me” needed to hear it.

I will always be grateful for our time together. I pray for comfort to Betty, the children and the grand children.


Charlotte Sanders says:

Dick was always professional but a joy to work with. Whether it was 4 in the afternoon or 2 am in the command center, he was there when we needed him. We had respect for each other. RIP Dick. ❤ And prayers for comfort for his family.

Mike & Lisa Cusick says:

Dick was a good friend when we lived in Plano. He attended every sporting event his children had, and loved/loves you all so much. Betty, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Lisa.

Robin Cobb says:

I had the honor of working with Dick in his twilight years at Bank of America. He was the consummate professional and respected by all who worked with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends who I know will miss him dearly.

Jeff Stringer says:

Mom and Pa Brooke are my second family. What a precious man. We walk the journey of celebration and mourning together. Hugs and Kisses!

Tim V. says:

Dick was a great guy. I not only worked for him for years, but considered him a friend. I still to this day follow some of the advice he’s given me. I’ll miss him, and I’ll say a prayer for him and his family.

Jan Dickhaner says:

I have been greatly blessed to know Dick since 1999 when I joined MBNA and Dick became a mentor to me all the following years through BoA acquisition and his retirement.

Dick was a faith-filled man with great integrity and continually supported his employees and teammates throughout his career.

Dick was a tireless leader who really did ‘lead from the front’ and I will always remember how much he supported my family and I.

Praying for comfort and peace to all the family as your mourn his passing.

May perpetual light shine upon his soul forever. Amen.

Carol and Ralph Toll says:

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. He loved each of you dearly and bragged about you so very often.

We knew Dick as a boss, mentor, and dear friend at MBNA and Bank of America for 20 years. We will always treasure our memories from working with him – especially those of his devotion to the work and to the people.

“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Ann McIntyre says:

Dick was my customer for many years who I also considered a dear friend. I always appreciated his consummate professionalism and respect for everyone engaged in our intertwined businesses. His integrity and compassion for others continue to resonate as I recall all the years he was a major part of my work life. My deepest condolences to Betty, all the family, and everyone who knew him. I know his passing leaves a hole in your hearts that will heal eventually but always be tender.

Marcie "Kitty" Adame says:

Richard, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.-PSHS ’88

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Keith Lawton says:

Dick Brooke was the best person to work for. He always had our back and made us feel important. He would do anything he could for us to make sure the work got done in a timely manner. I was so lucky to work for him. RIP Dick. You will be missed.

Ginger Hauf(Shane) says:

Dear Betty and family,I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.

Debbie Yarborough says:

May Dick Rest In Peace and his family find peace and comfort. We worked side by side to maintain the infrastructure supporting the Data Center at MBNA. He was fair and respectful as we had hard decisions to make and driven to maintain 100% uptime. Your leadership and compassion for others will be missed.

Steven Morgan says:

Dick was a colleague, mentor, and most importantly, a friend. He was truly world class and the memories of times together will carry on forever. I hope it brings comfort to know that I am celebrating the life Dick lived and am thankful for his impact on my life.

David Pigué says:

I worked for Dick in the early years of my career valuing his advice and council as it enhanced my professional skills as one of his team managers. He was a manager “personified” by caring for all of his team on a personal level with no hesitation.
Supported the team……yeah
Lead by example………..yeah
Dick always stood in the gap for his team, a true sign of a leader.

My parents taught me 2 respect and give honor where due with no expectation of a return.
Dick measured up 2 what my parents taught which added layers of respect for him & I live by the same rule….

I know the grace of God will cover Betty and the family during this difficult time and bring comfort that only He can give……..I’m a witness…….

Dolores C Jackson says:

We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather.

Rosemary Geramita says:

Dick was a great man. The times I worked with him at SSBA/MBNA are greatly valued and remembered.
I offer my thoughts and prayers of comfort for his family.


Cindy Avelar says:

PopPops was a man of such great honor, loyalty and respect. But when I think of all the memories I have of him, amongst many words that can define this man, two shine out over all…Love and acceptance. He accepted my daughter and I into his home and always embraced us the moment we stepped foot inside his home. He accepted anyone and everyone that showed anyone of his kids/grandkids love. Especially to those that loved his “Girlfriend” as my little one would refer to his wife, Betty. My daughter was blessed to have witnessed the love they had for each other in person. A love that is so so strong from the beginning when you first meet that one special person. But that was the blessing…HE showed everyone just how much you can continue to LOVE, no matter how many years and obstacles come your way. This is a loss that my heart hasn’t been able to accept, but if I knew PopPops well enough, I know he’s with all our loved ones crack in’ jokes and smiling from ear to ear as he continues to guide his children and grandchildren. “PopPops Girlfriend” aka Betty, Zellia and I love you oh so much and we are so very thankful that you and PopPops allowed us into your home. He is missed very much.

Michael Oujesky says:

My thoughts and prayers go out to Dick’s extensive family.

Having worked with Dick over my twenty years at MBNA/BAC, I came to know him as a trusted manager that backed his staff, but also held us to exacting performance levels. Over the years we had numerous opportunities to deal with adversity and Dick was always one who calmly managed through the situation. He was decisive in his evaluations of appropriate responses to the matter at hand but was always considerate of the input from all sides in determining our course of action. He displayed fairness and equity in his management, so rare in today’s corporate culture. Dick was one of the very few in data processing to successfully make the transition from technician to executive.

I dearly miss his leadership .


Terry Tcheng says:

A great guy and am very glad to have the pleasure to work with mister Brooke 🙏🙏🙏

Julie Sluder ( Stewart) says:

I am praying for all of the Brooke Family today as they lay their beloved to rest. God bless all of you.

Ann Seybolt says:

I was very saddened to learn of Dick’s passing, but heartened by the many eulogies posted by his family, friends, and colleagues. I too benefited from and enjoyed working with Dick for 20 years at Republic Bank, SSBA, and MBNA. Working with Dick through many challenges, I always appreciated his support, abilities, and calm demeanor, particularly on those 2am calls about a production issue. He was a special guy and a good friend. I hope his family finds comfort in knowing how many people loved working with Dick. RIP my dear friend.
Ann Seybolt

Janet Jeansonne says:

Dick was my manager for many years and I admired and respected him a great deal. He always took care of everyone that worked for him and was a wonderful person to work for and know. My thoughts are with his family, as he will be sorely missed. Janet Jeansonne

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