Longtime Head of Palm Beach’s WPTV Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Palm Beach Post

Bill Brooks, a former Palm Beach councilman and retired Channel 5 general manager who obsessed over the Boston Red Sox and loved tending his garden, died Saturday.

Mr. Brooks, 76, was with his wife, Muffy, on a cruise of the Panama Canal when he became sick. He had been suffering from cancer.

“His love for people crossed all walks of life,” said Gail Coniglio, a longtime friend and president pro tem of the Palm Beach Council. “Whether it was a president of a company, a CEO, a legislative representative or the garbage man, he was kind, respectful and always considerate of who they were and how they fit into his life.”

Mr. Brooks served an almost unheard of 17 years as general manager of WPTV Channel 5 after holding the station manager job for a couple years. More…