Chuck Brockman was an avid golfer who never let diabetes get in the way of his game. Seven years after his passing, his family and friends continue to honor him by playing the game he loved most while raising money to fight the disease that took him too soon.
Chuck was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 30 years old and didn’t let it interfere with his life. This included golf, a sport he loved wholeheartedly. “He golfed every weekend he possibly could. Even in the winter! He loved the game,” said Elaine Brockman, Chuck’s wife. At the age of 61, Chuck passed away from diabetes complications leaving behind his wife and two children.
Today, Chuck’s son Keith flies up from Florida to Massachusetts to honor his father at this event. Keith hopes to find a cure for type 1 diabetes: the disease that took his father and a disease that he was also diagnosed with at 15 years old.
The Chuck Brockman Memorial Golf Tournament was created by Chuck’s colleagues at Electrochem, Inc. just months after Chuck passed away six years ago. Chuck had been working in the materials department for just two years before he passed away. However, in just that short amount of time, Chuck made an impact on his coworkers, who remember him as warm, colorful and funny.
Elaine describes Chuck in just the same manner. “Chuck was smart, loving, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was my best friend,” she said. Years after his passing, Elaine is still astounded by how much support the employees of Electrochem continue to give her. “For only being at Electrochem for two years, their support amazes me every year. Chuck would be awestruck to know that they created this tournament in his memory.”
For committee members, especially, Joe Morgera, the tournament committee chairman, it is Elaine and her family that have inspired them to make this a great tournament every year. “Elaine has attended and participated in all 6 of the tournaments, and her son, Keith, has participated as a golfer in the last several tournaments. They are such a nice family that really appreciates the effort that our committee makes every year, which makes it extremely rewarding for us,” said Joe.
For Elaine, the reward comes in donating to Joslin Diabetes Center. “I hope and pray that they find a cure for diabetes for my son,” Elaine expressed. “As a nurse I have seen the progress over the years. It is a great feeling to contribute and hopefully we will find a cure.”
This year’s tournament will take place on Sept. 28, 2014 at River Bend Country Club in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The first tee time is at 9 am and is a scramble format. Golfers have the opportunity to win prizes such as “Closest to the Pin,” “Longest Drive,” and “Winning Team.” In addition, there is a 50/50 Raffle and other raffles including Titleist golf clubs, gift certificates to local companies, a golf bag, golf clubs, and several different varieties of golf balls. After golf, each player is invited to a buffet lunch.
To register for the tournament, contact Joe Morgera, at either 781-830-5823, or 774-218-9425. Individual players are welcome. The price per player is $125. If you would like to simply make a donation in memory of Chuck Brockman, please make your check payable to Gerry Lozzi, the Committee Treasurer, and send your check to his attention at: Electrochem Solutions, 670 Paramount Drive, Raynham, MA 02767. All proceeds from this event benefit Joslin Diabetes Center.