Joseph Aaron Broussard, known as ‘Aaron’ or ‘Bruce,’ of McKinney, TX and formerly a long-term resident of Galveston, TX, died on July 3, 2012. He was 3 months shy of his 90th birthday.
Born in Maurice, Louisiana, on September 29, 1922, Aaron was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years Rena Norris Broussard, and his oldest daughter, Margaret Cooke Smith.
He is survived by daughter, Linda Frink and husband Robert (Bob) of Plano, TX; son, Norris Broussard and wife Ann of McKinney, TX; five grandchildren, Michelle Cooke-Jarrell, Vivian Cooke, Norman Cooke, Michael Frink, Robin Frink-Moeller and husband Matthew; four great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. He is also survived by sister, Eljie Simpton of Galveston, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Aaron enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country as a SeaBee in the Pacific throughout World War II. Aaron and Rena enjoyed attending annual SeaBee reunions located in various states over many years. He worked almost 40 years in the construction field as a boilermaker and pile driver in Galveston and surrounding areas. After retiring, he loved spending time tinkering in his garage. He devoted many hours to creating one of a kind knives for family and friends and he was well known for his expert knife sharpening skills. He also enjoyed hunting wild game of all kinds. In recent years, he spent many hours playing dominoes and checkers with his children and grandchildren, winning more often than losing.
Aaron’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Friday, July 6th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.
Pallbearers will be Norman Cooke, Michael Frink, Matthew Moeller, David Norris, Trey Picard, and Gregory Simpton. Honorary pallbearers are Howard Picard and Horace Norris.