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Anthony Brooker (known as Tony Brooker to most) was born in 1937 in Stratford on Avon. He attended The Croft School and King Edward VI Grammar School. At his father's instruction he left school after
O-levels and went straight to work at a local farm. However as a direct result of his written records of his practical experience gained working on the farm, combined with his natural academic ability, even without A-levels he was awarded a scholarship to Harper Adams Agricultural College, to read Agricultural Engineering.
On graduating from Harper Adams Tony set up as A R D Brooker Agricultural Engineer in the 1960s, going limited as A R D Brooker Engineering Ltd in 1965. From the start he was based at Goldicote and personally built his first workshop there (right where Units 19, 22 and 21 are located now). Tony loved what he did, and Brooker Buildings (as A R D Brooker Engineering Ltd became known) was a business run with passion. As the business grew the firm was working on everything from small farm buildings to substantial commercial developments all over the world including Senegal, Libya, Nigeria, Japan, the Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the Caribbean, the USA and much of Europe. He used to joke he had covered much of Jersey in Brooker Buildings. (Click here for the agricultural and commercial brochures.)
Tony took the decision to sell Brooker Engineering in 1989, which meant his beloved site at Goldicote was sold with it. However in 1994 he was delighted to buy the site back and Goldicote Business Park was born, owned and managed by Brooker Properties Ltd. The old workshops became commercial units and over time new buildings have been added. Tony's daughter Charlotte Venn (née Brooker of course) has worked closely with Tony in the running of Brooker Properties for many years. Charlotte (known as Charlie to most) is now the Managing Director of Brooker Properties and like her father before her she thrives on maintaining the excellent relationships with tenants that are key to the continuing success of Goldicote Business Park.
Tony Brooker died suddenly and unexpectedly on 4th November 2014. He was in Antigua, a country he adored ever since he first visited the island regarding buildings for his future father-in-law in 1970.
In 2013 Tony's heart stopped following a fall the day after his birthday. Happily thanks to quick action by his family (everyone should learn CPR) his heart was started again and he was with us for another 18 months. That night the wonderful Ettington Community First Responders (ECFR) were on the scene incredibly quickly.
Therefore following his death people who wish to make a donation as a mark of respect are asked to donate to ECFR