the passing of Brook Boddie

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    Jerusha Amado on #251676

    Hello everyone,

    I have some very sad news. Brook Boddie (a contributor to this website for many years) passed away from cardiac arrest this morning at age 51. Brook wrote beautiful compositions for the harp and also was an accomplished organist. He was one of the kindest people I ever knew, very tender-hearted. He will be missed terribly!

    jzydek on #251677

    I am really sorry to read this. He was such a nice person, and I liked his compositions. How sad. He was far too young. R.I.P. Brook.

    Jerusha Amado on #251678

    Thank you, Briggs, for the kind words.
    My favorite composition of his is “Upon the Willows”. It is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard!

    kathy-chanik on #251679

    Oh no! This is certainly a shock, what terrible news. Brook was indeed a kind person, I enjoyed seeing and speaking with him in emails and at conferences, and we shared a love of exploring and owning and comparing different harps. I’ll certainly miss having him in the harp world.

    Rest in peace, Brook…

    wil-weten on #251680

    I’m sorry to hear Brook Boddie has passed. He will be missed.

    Thanks for letting us know, Jerusha.

    Sylvia on #251681

    I looked him up. With such a unique name, you wouldn’t think there would be another person by that name.
    Among other info was this:

    Veronika on #251682

    I’m very sorry to hear that Brook has passed away.

    andy-b on #251683

    Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA, where Brook was the organist/painist/harpist, is having a service on Saturday at 4 pm (Central time) and it will be livestreamed. Here is the info from their Facebook page.

    Nelson Brook Boddie
    10/29/1968 – 7/15/2020

    There is a profound silence in the Worship Center this morning. Our beloved Brook Boddie has passed away. He experienced a cardiac arrest this morning while in the hospital.

    We know the heavens rejoice upon his arrival. A master musician to join in the chorus of heavenly worship! This, while our own hearts ache knowing the blessings of not only his musical gifts will no longer be present here, but also that his compassionate heart for service and his sly wit will no longer be witnessed on this earth. ��Brook is with the Father. We look to God for comfort, while we remember His enormous grace for us. For is it by this grace we will be together with Brook in Glory one day.

    The Memorial Service celebrating the life of Brook Boddie will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, July 18 in Worship Center North. The church doors will open for the service at 3:40 PM. (Face coverings must be worn by everyone entering the building and must remain on while in the building). Because we are still limited to 50% capacity, we will be live streaming this service here on Facebook. We will also offer overflow seating in Memorial Chapel.

    Jerusha Amado on #251684

    Hi Kathy,

    So good to hear from you!

    You both were kindred spirits in your love for harps, especially lever harps!
    I’ll email you soon.


    Jerusha Amado on #251685

    Hi Wil and Veronika,

    Thank you both for writing.


    Thank you for the article on Brook. (I didn’t know much about his non-harp life.)


    Thank you so much for the link to his memorial service. Broadmoor Baptist wrote a beautiful tribute to him. He was well-loved by everyone!

    balfour-knight on #251686

    Thanks so much, Jerusha, for letting all of us know. Brook was indeed a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone who knew him. I know he is playing beautiful harps, pianos, and organs in Heaven! ( And, he is no longer suffering from his back pain which plagued him here on earth and affected his ability to play the pedal harp.) Rest in peace, dear Brook.

    With love,
    Balfour and Carol Lynn

    Jerusha Amado on #251688

    Thank you, Balfour and Carol Lynn, for your loving comments!

    charles-nix on #251690

    So sad to hear. “Upon the Willows” is one of my favorites. I didn’t know him well, but we talked harps (and organs) a couple of times. He was so kind.

    (@Sylvia: Maybe I’m missing something–but the link from Psychology Today goes to a counselor in Houston, with photos of Brook Boddie. Neither gender, ethnicity, nor city–Houston is 4 hours from Shreveport–match our Brook.)

    balfour-knight on #251699
    This is the link to Brook’s obituary.

    Jerusha Amado on #251730

    Thank you, Balfour, for posting this link.

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