Henry Broome, Jr.
Henry Broome, Jr.
Henry Broome, Jr.
Henry Broome, Jr.
Henry Broome, Jr.
Henry Broome, Jr.

Obituary of Henry George "Bud" Broome, Jr.

Henry George "Bud" Broome, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 80 on October 20, 2021. Bud was a larger-than-life personality who took a unique path through life, and most importantly, helped many people along the way. Bud was born in Atlantic City, NJ on March 2, 1941, to Henry George Broome, Sr. and Edith Broome. He was raised in Margate with his older sister, Barbara "Babbie". For high school, Bud's parents sent him to the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, where he graduated in 1959. Next, he moved down south to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1963. He continued his higher education at Chapel Hill where he attended law school and acquired his JD in 1966. After graduation from law school, Bud moved back to South Jersey, where he first clerked for the well-respected State Senator, Frank "Hap" Farley. Thereafter Bud opened his own firm, while working part time in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. After a few years, he had ample work at his own practice, so he started to work at his firm full time. As a lot of Bud's work involved him being in court in various municipalities throughout Atlantic County, he became well known by the people who worked in those courts. This resulted in Bud, in the late 1970's, being offered the judgeship for the City of Pleasantville Municipal Court. At first, he declined this offer as it would force him to give up the criminal work that he did as an attorney. Fortunately, a mentor convinced him to reconsider, and he accepted. Bud continued running his law office during the day and would go to Pleasantville Court at night. Eventually, he was asked to be a "substitute" judge at other courts throughout Atlantic County. He was reliable, got along well with the court staff and police, and did an excellent job, which resulted in him being invited to be the full-time judge at many of these municipalities when there was an opening. Eventually, he was the judge at over ten different municipalities through the years. He maintained his law practice in addition to these judgeships throughout his entire career, meaning that he would be at his office every day, and then go on to a different court every night or during lunch time. His schedule kept him always on the move, and he loved it. While Bud worked a lot, he also enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved attending sporting events, especially Eagles & Phillies games, where he was a season ticket holder. Additionally, he traveled all over the country to see college football games, Phillies Spring Training, baseball All-Star games and many Super Bowls. He also loved collecting sports memorabilia with his kids, which resulted in him and his sons attending many baseball card shows and often waiting in stadium parking lots well after the games were over in the hopes of getting an autograph from a professional athlete. Bud loved to travel, which included trips to California to see his sons and trips to Spain to see his sister. However, he loved to travel most to Florida, usually Captiva Island or Disney World, where his "young at heart" personality flourished going on the countless rides with his sons and taking many pictures with the Disney characters. Bud also loved physical activity and was an avid runner. He could often be spotted at the crack of dawn running through his neighborhood in Linwood with his four dogs, which were all huge German Shepherds and Rottweilers. Bud's love of running resulted in him doing various road races, triathlons, and even running four marathons during his life, including the Atlantic City Marathon twice, the Marine Corps Marathon, & the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon. Despite all the things that Bud did, he always found time to volunteer and give back to the community. He was an active member of various organizations throughout the area, including the Shriners and Kiwanis. He was also the President of the Atlantic County Chapter of the Red Cross. Bud also played a significant part in the lights being raised at the Mainland Regional High School football field. All his service to the community was recognized when he was named Mainlander of the Year. Of all the events that Bud took part in, perhaps his most memorable and most representative of his character, happened during Mainland Regional High School's state championship season of 1995. In the state semifinals, Mainland football player Jason Cairns was unjustly ejected for fighting, which meant that he was not allowed to play in the state championship game either. Since the NJSIAA did not have an appeal process, Jason's remedies were non-existent. So, Bud decided to represent Jason, free of charge, in a lawsuit against the NJSIAA to get an injunction for Jason to play in Mainland's state championship. The NJSIAA had been sued 455 times before in similar suits and had won every time. This fact did not deter Bud, as he went forward with this lawsuit anyway. Bud did this even though his youngest son was set to start in Jason's place in the state championship if Jason had not played. The trial for this matter was the day before the State Championship. Bud lost the trial. However, he persisted and immediately appealed the case. The challenge was that the appellate judge who would hear the case that night was officiating a wedding at the Atlantic City Country Club. So, Bud went to the country club where they had the makeshift "hearing" in the lobby with waiters serving hors d'oeuvres and the bride, justifiably furious, yelling that a trial over football was ruining her wedding. Amazingly enough, Bud won this appellate hearing and got an injunction for Jason to play in the state championship game the next day. This was the first and only time that the NJSIAA had ever lost one of these lawsuits in its history. For Bud's efforts, the Mainland coaches awarded Bud the game ball after the state championship game. Despite all these accomplishments and accolades that Bud acquired over the years, the most important thing to Bud was people. He always took time to connect with and help others when they needed it, regardless of their station in life, and most importantly he let them know that he cared about them. He would often unexpectedly stop by people's homes to check in to see how they were doing, and these people always welcomed him with open arms. People knew that Bud genuinely cared about them, and they loved him for it. Of all the people in Bud's life, the most important people in his life were his family, and he always found time for them. He always made it home to have dinner with his wife and two sons every night, even though it usually meant that he had to go to court right after the meal was over. He always was available to take a phone call or grab lunch with his wife and sons. He also coached his son's youth sports teams, and when not coaching, he always made it to their games. Bud was never too busy to spend time with his family. Bud lived an abundant life and took his own unique path. He was a man of faith, he was able to receive and enjoy many of life's gifts, and most importantly, he was able to give even more to others. He will be missed by many, and his impact on others will live on. Bud is survived by his wife, Patricia, his sons Henry George "Buddy" Broome III (wife Christina) and Christopher Shawn Broome (wife Ioana), his three grandchildren, and his sister Babbie. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing and visitation on Tuesday, October 26th 9-11am at The Margate Community Church, 8900 N Ventnor Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402. Funeral service 11am. Burial following in Laurel Memorial Park Cemetery, Egg Harbor Twp. There will be a reception held afterwards at Charlie's Restaurant in Somers Point. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bud's name to the "Special Operators Warrior Foundation" (https://specialops.org/).
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Tuesday
26
October

Visitation at Main Service

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Margate Community Church
8900 N Ventnor Ave
Margate, New Jersey, United States
Tuesday
26
October

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Margate Community Church
8900 N Ventnor Ave
Margate, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Laurel Memorial Park
Tilton Road
Egg Habor Township, New Jersey, United States
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