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Celebrating the life of
Garin Paul Brockman
May 29, 1927 - December 20, 2013
Loving Memories of Garin Brockman
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 2:00pm - Sunday, January 12, 2014

Brigid, Amy, & Paul: I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was truly a very fine person. He had a wonderful smile and a very pleasant disposition. He was a true gentleman. I know he was quite an accomplished athlete in his younger days as I have seen his name in magazine articles and at the high school. Also, people who knew him always spoke fondly of your Dad. You were truly blessed to have him around for all these years. I regret not getting down to see him and your Mother in the last few years. It was something that Kim kept reminding me I should do. However, I will never forget the recent Brockman Family Reunion. I have great memories of this event and I am so thankful you all came to Oldenburg and our house. I remember your Dad being a little winded as we walked up the hill on the east side of the convent. He put his hand on my shoulder while he caught his breath. While I felt bad for him I also felt honored to be able to provide him even a little assistance. I have tremendous respect for him. I am honored, humbled, and definitely unworthy to share the same name as him. I know he will be missed by many as he certainly touched a lot of people’s lives in a positive manner, this one included.

Paul and Kim Brockman, Oldenburg, IN

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Weesie, Amy, Brigid, Paul, your children and loved ones and friends. Ram Das said, "We are all walking each other Home." All those who knew Garin and were touched by his sweet and humble presence are "walking him Home" with their love and warm memories. His influence spread through generations and much beyond as a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, teacher and coach. He reached others through his knowledge, strong spirit, kind heart and smiling eyes. We are grateful for our time with him and with Weesie. May all who knew Garin and loved him find joy in celebrating his life. He is now in "Deep Peace." ---------with our love and blessings----- Shirley and Paul

Shirley and Paul Paukulis, Agoura Hills, , CA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Weesie, Amy, Brigid, Paul, your children and loved ones and friends. Ram Das said, "We are all walking each other Home." All those who knew Garin and were touched by his sweet and humble presence are "walking him Home" with their love and warm memories. His influence spread through generations and much beyond as a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, teacher and coach. He reached others through his knowledge, strong spirit, kind heart and smiling eyes. We are grateful for our time with him and with Weesie. May all who knew Garin and loved him find joy in celebrating his life. He is now in "Deep Peace." ---------with our love and blessings----- Shirley and Paul

Shirley and Paul Paukulis, Agoura Hills, , CA

Dear Aunt Marie, Brigid, Amy and Paul, I wanted to let you know I have been thinking about all of you and continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I was very sad when I heard the news of Uncle Garin's passing. I remember him as a happy, loving and peaceful person. The memories I have with Garin and the Brockman family are of "family fun". I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time him over the years. I know he was a wonderful husband, dad, sibling, grandpa, uncle, teacher, coach and friend to many people. I know this is a difficult time for all of you, but know he is in heaven with many of our beloved family and friends. Love & Deepest Sympathy, Cindy Brockman Stansifer

Cindy Brockman Stansifer, Carmel, IN

Very sad to hear about your passing, Coach Brockman... you were a good man and a good coach... you helped inspire me to become a coach... and I'll never forget the time you were subbing for my math teacher and you pulled me out of my seat by my ear and opened the door with my head before delivering a proper scolding... I completely and totally deserved that, and I am sure you recall that my bad behavior ceased completely from that moment forward... you'll be missed, Coach Brockman... rest in peace!!

Peter Schwethelm, Houston, TX

Hugs and love to all of the family; especially Weesie. We have lost so many of the old guard, and value their memories. As I have told Mercado's and Osborne's, that old guard is up there "straightening things out!" Love, Sue

Garwood, Houston, TX

Thoughts and prayers for the Brockman family as they celebrate the life of an incredible servant to others.

Perry A. Ruthven, Houston, TX

So sorry about your father. He was always such a wonderful man. Sending your family our deepest sympathies and good thoughts.

Erica McCready, Houston, Texas

(Continued from Larry Brockman)... I am grateful that Garin did consistently come to Oldenburg, as it was always a very good time with lots of card playing, talk of sports (mostly Reds baseball) and sometimes a round of golf. Even though those visits were short, it was so easy to be around Garin. His overall demeanor and character was one of a peaceful and loving soul. I will always remember the ride he gave me to the airport from Oldenburg to Indianapolis in 1995 so I could catch my flight back to Seattle after my dad had suddenly passed away. I was still quite a mess trying to wrap my head around the loss of Dad but after the hour long conversation I had a sense of calm and feeling that I was going to OK. I hope you too find peace in the coming days, weeks and throughout the new year.

Larry Brockman, Durham , NC

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Brockman. He was my all-time favorite math teacher who made learning so much fun. My condolences to the entire family.

Patricia Diamonon Morris, Dallas, TX

To my cousins Amy, Brigid, Paul and Aunt Marie, My sympathies go out to you with the loss of “Uncle Garin”, he was truly a wonderful man and a very special person. As I clicked on the link to this Web page remembering and celebrating Garin and saw the photos of him I could not help to see the likes of my dad (his brother Larry). My eyes are swollen with tears knowing that Garin is no longer here with us, but they are tears of joy too knowing that he is with Dad, Grandpa and his cousin Eddie Hirt playing a game of 500. With your family living in Houston, we (the Brockmans from Oldenburg, IN and the Brockmans from Houston) obviously did not spend a lot of time together. The few times our families got together I have very fond memories for sure and I cherish those. (Continued)

Larry Brockman, Durham, NC

I have nothing but fond memories of Garin. He was a wonderful colleague who made St. John's a better place by his mere presence. A warm smile and a friendly hug were his trademarks. My sincerest prayers for all the family. What a privilege to have known such a towering spirit.

Rosie Lee Beniretto, Houston, Tx

Julie Russ and I wanted to let the family know how much we enjoyed working with Garin at St. John's School. He was always a very patient teacher and had a kind word for everyone. I also had him as a Math teacher. Wewanted to let you know we were thinking about you and your Dad made a difference in so many lives.

Cathy Freeman Disch Brill, Front Royal, Virginia

Mr. Brockman was a wonderful math teacher. Every day in my work I use concepts that he taught me.

Leonard Golub, Houston, TX

Coach Brockman used a gentle and firm approach to guide his players beyond their potential. I have fond memories of middle school basketball at St. John's. Our 7th grade team played with grit, guts, and for Garin. My thoughts and prayers are will you all. Thanks, Coach. Sam Chambers '77

Sam Chambers, Houston, TX

Garin was my first Math teacher at SJS. He was a kind and gentle man whom I greatly admired. God Blessings to your entire Family! Peter S. Wareing SJS 69

Peter Wareing, Houston, tx

I remember Coach "Broccoli" very fondly from my years at SJS. He was one of the best and sweetest lower school coaches. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Leslie Valverde Winston, SJS Class of 1994

Leslie Valverde Winston, Houston, TX

Mr. Brockman was a wonderfully patient teacher of Algebra when I took his course at SJS in the late '60s. I still remember his good humor and willingness to explain it all one more time. I have been teaching English at Kinkaid for nearly 34 years now, and it was the example of teachers like Mr. Brockman that inspired me to take that path. -- Tom Peden '73

Tom Peden, Houston, TX

I knew Garin when he had an office in the "Quonset Hut" before the newest gym was built. Julie Russ introduced us...and I was so impressed with what a wonderful gentleman he was. The last time I met him was at Chuck Garwood's memorial service. He still looked like he would be a wonderful coach, and could have taught a game of tennis right them. So sorry for your loss.

Geneva Gard/gg, Houston, TX

It was my privilege to have Mr. Brockman as a teacher and a colleague, and I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a generous and thoughtful man who saw the potential in everyone. He hired me for my first summer job after graduating from SJS, which may have been my first official position in education. So I have him to thank for what I have been doing the last 24 years! Sincerest condolences to his family—

David Barndollar, Reston, VA

Coach Brockman was an excellent coach, teacher and mentor. My condolences go out to the family. You all are in my thought and prayers.

Alisha Linke Renshaw '91, Houston, TX

My sincere condolences to Mrs. Brockman, Brigid, Amy, Paul, and their families and friends. I had the pleasure and the privilege of having Mr. Brockman as a teacher during my SJS days. I was in the class of 1983. I am afraid that all things math, algebra, etc were not my strong suit. It was a hard, painful struggle through many of those math courses. It would have been easy for Mr. B to have thrown up his hands where I was concerned, but he did not. He spent many hours outside of class giving me every tutorial help and encouragement that he could. He did so with much kindness and infinite patience and caring. I will always remember him as a dedicated teacher, competitive coach, and very kind gentleman. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Mark Maniha, Houston, TX

Our bridge foursome met once a week for many years. Garin was not only a great bridge player, he was the "life of the party" and he will be sorely missed. .My sincere condolences to his loving family. Mel Walk

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My tenure on the SJS faculty overlapped Garin's from 1979 to his retirement in '92. He was a wonderful teacher, genuinely caring about his students. What a gentle spirit and kind heart he had. I am proud to have worked with him. I send my condolences to the entire family and prayers for God's peace to abide with all of you at this difficult time.

Janet Scarcella, Houston, TX

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Garin. As the oldest grandchild, I was fortunate enough to spend a large amount of my childhood with my grandfather. I always looked forward to our trips to Houston, where I could tell him all about my latest scholastic achievements and what I was learning in school. His intellect and willingness to help me--whether it be teaching me a new card game or assisting me with my sophomore geometry project--were just a few fond memories I have of him. Looking through all of his old yearbooks was always impressive, as he seemed to be highly involved as both an educator and as a coach. Garin was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and member of the community, and I feel very blessed to have spent time with a man of such high character. He will be greatly missed and loved by me.

Amanda Newton, Yorba Linda , CA

Garin's death came as surprise to us and even though Garin has not been a part of our lives ever since the death of Uncle Marty, (Garin's father), I have always felt Garin to be very much a part of our family. As a child and teenager growing up with Garin in Oldenburg, I felt so close to him and his family. I am so happy and proud to read his obituary and know that Garin continued the values and spirit of his family throughout his life as a father, husband, great teacher and mentor to so many. May he rest in peace.

Ruth Holtel, Cincinnati, , Ohio

Amy, it's hard to find the words to express the sadness we feel about your loss. Your Dad seemed like an amazing man, and we wish we could have gotten to know him better. Sending you and your family lots of positive healing energy. "Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity." ~Terri Guillemets Much love,

Kristina, Peter and Julian Galperin, New York, NY

As someone who came into the Brockman family early on, and who became one of the family as Audrey's spouse, I have many memories of this man whom I came to know only through intermittent contacts over the years. The memories, though of relatively brief encounters, are many, and I am left with deep appreciation for Garin. He was a sweet man, kind and thoughtful, with a strong sense of, and love for, family. It was a privilege to know him, and to know his immediate family. My condolences to all of you. Garin will be in the loving memories of many for a long time. What better tracks can one leave along life's passages?

Ted Brown, Bonita Springs, FL

Dear Brigid, Paul, Amanda, Taylor & Cameron, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Garin who was your Dad, Grandpa and Father-in-Law. From what I've read, he was such a thoughtful, generous, wonderful and loved man. He brought so much joy to so many people during his long life. I only wish I had known him better! After viewing all the photos, I can see so much of him in you Brigid, as well as your children. What a beautiful progeny he left! My thoughts are with all of you daily during this time of loss. I'd especially like to express my sympathy to your Mom as well as the entire Brockman family. Garin will be missed, yet you have many cherished memories to comfort you. With love,

Mike & Cindi Benz and Family, Yorba Linda, CA

I was so saddened to learn of Garin's death. We were only bridge friends, but even so we all felt like good friends. We will miss him!

margaret paff, houston, TX

To Amy and Family, Thinking of you all during this time. I did have the honor of meeting Garin, but I have had the blessings of knowing his children, and am certain he was a great man, and will be missed. When I first heard about it, my heart was sad, but also filled with love for this amazing family. Thank you all for being part of my life. I too will miss Garin.

Julianne Reynolds, Los Angeles, CA

Though I never had the opportunity to meet your Dad, I have learned in his obituary what a wonderful teacher, coach and family man he was! Memories of time spent with him will live on in your heart! My thoughts are with you and your family!

Karen McWhirter, Yorba Linda, CA

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Garin. I know this is a difficult time, but we can use this to reflect on the wonderful life he had and on how many lives he has touched. Luckily I have been blessed to know Garin for 21 years and have many memories. Whether we were playing basketball, cards, or just watching sports together I enjoyed every moment I had with Garin. The memory of Garin will never be forgotten and I will be keeping him in my thoughts. Weesie, Mom, Amy, and Paul I give my deepest condolences. Stay strong and I love you all.

Taylor Newton, Yorba Linda, CA

what a great IN LAW friend to have had. His LAYED BACK attitude and great intelligence always made feel welcomed. I will miss him asking "how is your bridge". My prayers and hugs to Weesie, Brigid, Amy, Paul

Vee & don newton, houston, tx

To Marie Louise, Amy, Brigid, and Paul and to your entire family, we are thinking of you and sending our heartfelt condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and joy in celebrating his life with family and friends close by.

Karena Paukulis and Scott Mullen, Arlington, MA

To all of you I send my deepest condolences. I know from my dear friend, Amy, what a wonderful man Garin was. Please know that I am thinking of you all. I know that this bright, giving, and extraoridinarily intelligent husband, parent, grandparent and friend will be sorely missed.

Lia Linn, Oak Park, CA

My heart was broken when I heard the news that Garin had passed away, but cannot imagine the pain and sorrow his wife and children must be feeling right now. I wish I could offer you some comfort, but I know that nothing can take away the pain you are feeling. My words do not mean much now, but please accept my sincere condolences and know that many loved him, his grandchildren Ryan and Sara especially. Garin will always be in our hearts.

John, Ryan, Sara, Los Angeles, CA

**A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at his son Paul's home in Houston. For further details, please call Paul Brockman at (713) 628-4849 or email Brigid Newton-Brockman at brigidnewton@roadrunner.com or Amy Paukulis-Brockman at amyp@worldwidepanel.com

Garin Paul Brockman, 86, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2013, surrounded by his wife and three children. Born on May 29, 1927, in Oldenburg, Indiana, he spent the majority of his life in Houston, Texas, lovingly raising his family while mentoring a family of thousands at St. John’s School.

After graduating from Duns Scotus College in Southfield, Michigan, with a degree in Philosophy and Theology, Garin went on to become a faculty member at St. John’s School in Houston where he was a teacher, coach and friend to the students and faculty for more than 30 years. A review of his three decades at the school reveals a man of many talents. He spent most of his time teaching middle school math and coaching a variety of sports including: basketball, volleyball and golf; but he was just as comfortable working with elementary kids on the P.E. field as he was leading protocol for faculty during Baccalaureate and Commencement. He also volunteered to organize and supervise dozens of book sales and the yearly Jump Rope for Heart campaign at the school. In addition, he brought his Midwestern flair and passion for gardening to St. John’s and initiated a community garden on the South Campus where students could enjoy the experience of planting and harvesting a variety of vegetables.

Even during the summer months, it is not surprising that Garin could be found working with children. He spent more than 25 years as the director of a highly popular summer camp at the Houston Racquet Club where he brought archery, nature hikes, swimming, tennis and arts and crafts to thousands of kids.

After his retirement in 1992, Garin continued to leave his mark on the school, as he tackled a special project that tracked and compiled all the past St. John’s basketball teams’ statistics. True to being both a mathematician and devoted sports fan, he succeeded and finally archived all of St. John’s basketball stats.

His love for basketball began at an early age in Indiana where Garin was a talented and competitive athlete. He was the youngest player on the Batesville High School Bulldogs basketball team and had the great joy of participating in the 1943 state finals in Indianapolis. He continued to have a love for the game and became a devoted Houston Rockets fan, while also supporting his hometown baseball favorite, the Cincinnati Reds.

In addition to following his favorite teams, Garin added golf and bowling to his daily repertoire of activities. Some of the most memorable evenings for Garin were spent with his family or friends playing cards or games where he would delight everyone with his charm and mid-western puns. Garin was a master bridge player who shared his expertise with others by way of giving them handwritten “cheat sheets” -- pieces of legal-sized paper written in his elegant penmanship that were just as informative as a 500-page strategy book. He took great pride in being able to teach his grandchildren the game of Five Hundred, as well as bridge; and he also enjoyed his daily advanced-level crossword puzzles. His broad education served him well not only in the skill of game-playing, but in the art of playing them well.

Balanced in his intellectual disciplines and athletic pleasures, he had a steadying influence on everyone around him. His family and friends are most grateful to this gentleman of pleasant manner and good sense of humor.

Garin is survived by his wife of 50 years Marie Louise “Weesie” Brockman; his daughters Brigid Brockman-Newton and Amy Brockman-Paukulis; his son Paul Brockman and partner Scott Greenwood. He was also dearly loved by his son-in-laws Paul Newton and John Paukulis and five grandchildren, Amanda Newton, Taylor Newton, Cameron Newton, Ryan Paukulis and Sara Paukulis. He was preceded in death by his brother Larry Brockman and survived by his siblings, Leon Brockman, Audrey Brockman-Brown, Jack Brockman and Mary Brockman, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In time, we look forward to celebrating the life of a man who touched so many, and who lives on as the best part of all of us. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a valued charity in Garin’s name and in honor of his generous spirit. A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at his son Paul's home. For further details, please call (713) 628-4849 or email brigidnewton@roadrunner.com or amyp@worldwidepanel.com

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Brigid, Amy, & Paul: I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was truly a very fine person. He had a wonderful smile and a very pleasant disposition. He was a true gentleman. I know he was quite an accomplished athlete in his younger days as I have seen his name in magazine articles and at the high school. Also, people who knew him always spoke fondly of your Dad. You were truly blessed to have him around for all these years. I regret not getting down to see him and your Mother in the last few years. It was something that Kim kept reminding me I should do. However, I will never forget the recent Brockman Family Reunion. I have great memories of this event and I am so thankful you all came to Oldenburg and our house. I remember your Dad being a little winded as we walked up the hill on the east side of the convent. He put his hand on my shoulder while he caught his breath. While I felt bad for him I also felt honored to be able to provide him even a little assistance. I have tremendous respect for him. I am honored, humbled, and definitely unworthy to share the same name as him. I know he will be missed by many as he certainly touched a lot of people’s lives in a positive manner, this one included.

Paul and Kim Brockman, Oldenburg, IN

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Weesie, Amy, Brigid, Paul, your children and loved ones and friends. Ram Das said, "We are all walking each other Home." All those who knew Garin and were touched by his sweet and humble presence are "walking him Home" with their love and warm memories. His influence spread through generations and much beyond as a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, teacher and coach. He reached others through his knowledge, strong spirit, kind heart and smiling eyes. We are grateful for our time with him and with Weesie. May all who knew Garin and loved him find joy in celebrating his life. He is now in "Deep Peace." ---------with our love and blessings----- Shirley and Paul

Shirley and Paul Paukulis, Agoura Hills, , CA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Weesie, Amy, Brigid, Paul, your children and loved ones and friends. Ram Das said, "We are all walking each other Home." All those who knew Garin and were touched by his sweet and humble presence are "walking him Home" with their love and warm memories. His influence spread through generations and much beyond as a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather, teacher and coach. He reached others through his knowledge, strong spirit, kind heart and smiling eyes. We are grateful for our time with him and with Weesie. May all who knew Garin and loved him find joy in celebrating his life. He is now in "Deep Peace." ---------with our love and blessings----- Shirley and Paul

Shirley and Paul Paukulis, Agoura Hills, , CA

Dear Aunt Marie, Brigid, Amy and Paul, I wanted to let you know I have been thinking about all of you and continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I was very sad when I heard the news of Uncle Garin's passing. I remember him as a happy, loving and peaceful person. The memories I have with Garin and the Brockman family are of "family fun". I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time him over the years. I know he was a wonderful husband, dad, sibling, grandpa, uncle, teacher, coach and friend to many people. I know this is a difficult time for all of you, but know he is in heaven with many of our beloved family and friends. Love & Deepest Sympathy, Cindy Brockman Stansifer

Cindy Brockman Stansifer, Carmel, IN

Very sad to hear about your passing, Coach Brockman... you were a good man and a good coach... you helped inspire me to become a coach... and I'll never forget the time you were subbing for my math teacher and you pulled me out of my seat by my ear and opened the door with my head before delivering a proper scolding... I completely and totally deserved that, and I am sure you recall that my bad behavior ceased completely from that moment forward... you'll be missed, Coach Brockman... rest in peace!!

Peter Schwethelm, Houston, TX

Hugs and love to all of the family; especially Weesie. We have lost so many of the old guard, and value their memories. As I have told Mercado's and Osborne's, that old guard is up there "straightening things out!" Love, Sue

Garwood, Houston, TX

Thoughts and prayers for the Brockman family as they celebrate the life of an incredible servant to others.

Perry A. Ruthven, Houston, TX

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So sorry about your father. He was always such a wonderful man. Sending your family our deepest sympathies and good thoughts.

Erica McCready, Houston, Texas

(Continued from Larry Brockman)... I am grateful that Garin did consistently come to Oldenburg, as it was always a very good time with lots of card playing, talk of sports (mostly Reds baseball) and sometimes a round of golf. Even though those visits were short, it was so easy to be around Garin. His overall demeanor and character was one of a peaceful and loving soul. I will always remember the ride he gave me to the airport from Oldenburg to Indianapolis in 1995 so I could catch my flight back to Seattle after my dad had suddenly passed away. I was still quite a mess trying to wrap my head around the loss of Dad but after the hour long conversation I had a sense of calm and feeling that I was going to OK. I hope you too find peace in the coming days, weeks and throughout the new year.

Larry Brockman, Durham , NC

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Brockman. He was my all-time favorite math teacher who made learning so much fun. My condolences to the entire family.

Patricia Diamonon Morris, Dallas, TX

To my cousins Amy, Brigid, Paul and Aunt Marie, My sympathies go out to you with the loss of “Uncle Garin”, he was truly a wonderful man and a very special person. As I clicked on the link to this Web page remembering and celebrating Garin and saw the photos of him I could not help to see the likes of my dad (his brother Larry). My eyes are swollen with tears knowing that Garin is no longer here with us, but they are tears of joy too knowing that he is with Dad, Grandpa and his cousin Eddie Hirt playing a game of 500. With your family living in Houston, we (the Brockmans from Oldenburg, IN and the Brockmans from Houston) obviously did not spend a lot of time together. The few times our families got together I have very fond memories for sure and I cherish those. (Continued)

Larry Brockman, Durham, NC

I have nothing but fond memories of Garin. He was a wonderful colleague who made St. John's a better place by his mere presence. A warm smile and a friendly hug were his trademarks. My sincerest prayers for all the family. What a privilege to have known such a towering spirit.

Rosie Lee Beniretto, Houston, Tx

Julie Russ and I wanted to let the family know how much we enjoyed working with Garin at St. John's School. He was always a very patient teacher and had a kind word for everyone. I also had him as a Math teacher. Wewanted to let you know we were thinking about you and your Dad made a difference in so many lives.

Cathy Freeman Disch Brill, Front Royal, Virginia

Mr. Brockman was a wonderful math teacher. Every day in my work I use concepts that he taught me.

Leonard Golub, Houston, TX

Coach Brockman used a gentle and firm approach to guide his players beyond their potential. I have fond memories of middle school basketball at St. John's. Our 7th grade team played with grit, guts, and for Garin. My thoughts and prayers are will you all. Thanks, Coach. Sam Chambers '77

Sam Chambers, Houston, TX

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Garin was my first Math teacher at SJS. He was a kind and gentle man whom I greatly admired. God Blessings to your entire Family! Peter S. Wareing SJS 69

Peter Wareing, Houston, tx

I remember Coach "Broccoli" very fondly from my years at SJS. He was one of the best and sweetest lower school coaches. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Leslie Valverde Winston, SJS Class of 1994

Leslie Valverde Winston, Houston, TX

Mr. Brockman was a wonderfully patient teacher of Algebra when I took his course at SJS in the late '60s. I still remember his good humor and willingness to explain it all one more time. I have been teaching English at Kinkaid for nearly 34 years now, and it was the example of teachers like Mr. Brockman that inspired me to take that path. -- Tom Peden '73

Tom Peden, Houston, TX

I knew Garin when he had an office in the "Quonset Hut" before the newest gym was built. Julie Russ introduced us...and I was so impressed with what a wonderful gentleman he was. The last time I met him was at Chuck Garwood's memorial service. He still looked like he would be a wonderful coach, and could have taught a game of tennis right them. So sorry for your loss.

Geneva Gard/gg, Houston, TX

It was my privilege to have Mr. Brockman as a teacher and a colleague, and I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a generous and thoughtful man who saw the potential in everyone. He hired me for my first summer job after graduating from SJS, which may have been my first official position in education. So I have him to thank for what I have been doing the last 24 years! Sincerest condolences to his family—

David Barndollar, Reston, VA

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Coach Brockman was an excellent coach, teacher and mentor. My condolences go out to the family. You all are in my thought and prayers.

Alisha Linke Renshaw '91, Houston, TX

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My sincere condolences to Mrs. Brockman, Brigid, Amy, Paul, and their families and friends. I had the pleasure and the privilege of having Mr. Brockman as a teacher during my SJS days. I was in the class of 1983. I am afraid that all things math, algebra, etc were not my strong suit. It was a hard, painful struggle through many of those math courses. It would have been easy for Mr. B to have thrown up his hands where I was concerned, but he did not. He spent many hours outside of class giving me every tutorial help and encouragement that he could. He did so with much kindness and infinite patience and caring. I will always remember him as a dedicated teacher, competitive coach, and very kind gentleman. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Mark Maniha, Houston, TX

Our bridge foursome met once a week for many years. Garin was not only a great bridge player, he was the "life of the party" and he will be sorely missed. .My sincere condolences to his loving family. Mel Walk

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My tenure on the SJS faculty overlapped Garin's from 1979 to his retirement in '92. He was a wonderful teacher, genuinely caring about his students. What a gentle spirit and kind heart he had. I am proud to have worked with him. I send my condolences to the entire family and prayers for God's peace to abide with all of you at this difficult time.

Janet Scarcella, Houston, TX

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Garin. As the oldest grandchild, I was fortunate enough to spend a large amount of my childhood with my grandfather. I always looked forward to our trips to Houston, where I could tell him all about my latest scholastic achievements and what I was learning in school. His intellect and willingness to help me--whether it be teaching me a new card game or assisting me with my sophomore geometry project--were just a few fond memories I have of him. Looking through all of his old yearbooks was always impressive, as he seemed to be highly involved as both an educator and as a coach. Garin was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and member of the community, and I feel very blessed to have spent time with a man of such high character. He will be greatly missed and loved by me.

Amanda Newton, Yorba Linda , CA

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Garin's death came as surprise to us and even though Garin has not been a part of our lives ever since the death of Uncle Marty, (Garin's father), I have always felt Garin to be very much a part of our family. As a child and teenager growing up with Garin in Oldenburg, I felt so close to him and his family. I am so happy and proud to read his obituary and know that Garin continued the values and spirit of his family throughout his life as a father, husband, great teacher and mentor to so many. May he rest in peace.

Ruth Holtel, Cincinnati, , Ohio

Amy, it's hard to find the words to express the sadness we feel about your loss. Your Dad seemed like an amazing man, and we wish we could have gotten to know him better. Sending you and your family lots of positive healing energy. "Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity." ~Terri Guillemets Much love,

Kristina, Peter and Julian Galperin, New York, NY

As someone who came into the Brockman family early on, and who became one of the family as Audrey's spouse, I have many memories of this man whom I came to know only through intermittent contacts over the years. The memories, though of relatively brief encounters, are many, and I am left with deep appreciation for Garin. He was a sweet man, kind and thoughtful, with a strong sense of, and love for, family. It was a privilege to know him, and to know his immediate family. My condolences to all of you. Garin will be in the loving memories of many for a long time. What better tracks can one leave along life's passages?

Ted Brown, Bonita Springs, FL

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Dear Brigid, Paul, Amanda, Taylor & Cameron, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Garin who was your Dad, Grandpa and Father-in-Law. From what I've read, he was such a thoughtful, generous, wonderful and loved man. He brought so much joy to so many people during his long life. I only wish I had known him better! After viewing all the photos, I can see so much of him in you Brigid, as well as your children. What a beautiful progeny he left! My thoughts are with all of you daily during this time of loss. I'd especially like to express my sympathy to your Mom as well as the entire Brockman family. Garin will be missed, yet you have many cherished memories to comfort you. With love,

Mike & Cindi Benz and Family, Yorba Linda, CA

I was so saddened to learn of Garin's death. We were only bridge friends, but even so we all felt like good friends. We will miss him!

margaret paff, houston, TX

To Amy and Family, Thinking of you all during this time. I did have the honor of meeting Garin, but I have had the blessings of knowing his children, and am certain he was a great man, and will be missed. When I first heard about it, my heart was sad, but also filled with love for this amazing family. Thank you all for being part of my life. I too will miss Garin.

Julianne Reynolds, Los Angeles, CA

Though I never had the opportunity to meet your Dad, I have learned in his obituary what a wonderful teacher, coach and family man he was! Memories of time spent with him will live on in your heart! My thoughts are with you and your family!

Karen McWhirter, Yorba Linda, CA

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Garin. I know this is a difficult time, but we can use this to reflect on the wonderful life he had and on how many lives he has touched. Luckily I have been blessed to know Garin for 21 years and have many memories. Whether we were playing basketball, cards, or just watching sports together I enjoyed every moment I had with Garin. The memory of Garin will never be forgotten and I will be keeping him in my thoughts. Weesie, Mom, Amy, and Paul I give my deepest condolences. Stay strong and I love you all.

Taylor Newton, Yorba Linda, CA

what a great IN LAW friend to have had. His LAYED BACK attitude and great intelligence always made feel welcomed. I will miss him asking "how is your bridge". My prayers and hugs to Weesie, Brigid, Amy, Paul

Vee & don newton, houston, tx

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To Marie Louise, Amy, Brigid, and Paul and to your entire family, we are thinking of you and sending our heartfelt condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and joy in celebrating his life with family and friends close by.

Karena Paukulis and Scott Mullen, Arlington, MA

To all of you I send my deepest condolences. I know from my dear friend, Amy, what a wonderful man Garin was. Please know that I am thinking of you all. I know that this bright, giving, and extraoridinarily intelligent husband, parent, grandparent and friend will be sorely missed.

Lia Linn, Oak Park, CA

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My heart was broken when I heard the news that Garin had passed away, but cannot imagine the pain and sorrow his wife and children must be feeling right now. I wish I could offer you some comfort, but I know that nothing can take away the pain you are feeling. My words do not mean much now, but please accept my sincere condolences and know that many loved him, his grandchildren Ryan and Sara especially. Garin will always be in our hearts.

John, Ryan, Sara, Los Angeles, CA

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