DE BROUWER, Peter Cyrillus
1934 – 2020
Peter deBrouwer passed away peacefully at age 86, on Thursday October 22nd, 2020.
Born in Nuenen, The Netherlands on February 9, 1934, Peter was one of 11 children of the late Lambert and Elizabeth (Van Eerd) de Brouwer. For over 60 years he was a loving and steadfast husband to Anne Berendsen, the girl he first kissed in 1953 on a snowy New Year’s Eve in Nuenen. Together they worked side by side to build a family, a farm business, and a wide circle of meaningful friends.
He was the proud father of Ben (Patricia), Marianne (Brant), Allen (Marja) and Melissa (Stephen).
A good humoured and fun-loving Opa, he will be forever missed by his grandchildren Cayley, Athena (Curtis), Weston (2004), Charlotte (David), Raina (Jason), Evan, Sawyer (Natasha), Sam, Andrew (Erika), James (Sally) and great grandchildren Claire, Nathan, and Kylie.
Peter will be dearly missed by his surviving brothers and sisters as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours.
Dad had little formal education, yet had no trouble demonstrating his intelligence. He read widely, expressed his opinions honestly and enjoyed debate. He knew a lot about a lot. He was always right, unless proven wrong (which rarely happened).
Dad was mostly a man of easy-going charm, but at times he demonstrated a stubbornness that could surely impress a mule.
He was probably the world’s least known champion coach: riding coach, hockey coach, fishing coach, driving coach, poker coach, and life coach. You name it, Dad coached it.
He understood risk and reward ratios, and seized opportunities. He was ambitious and hardworking, but he was not an early riser.
Dad was not interested in having a house pet, but was a bred-in-the bone animal lover. The pasture on the farm was shared by donkeys, ponies, horses, and sheep. If you drove into the yard you were usually greeted by a beagle or mutt of some sort, a proud peacock and a couple of peahens. In Morpeth, he delighted in the various fowl he lured to his pond: mallard ducks, snow geese, and wild swans.
He showed a thoughtful generosity to friends and others in need, but there were also more than a few occasions when he confirmed the Dutch reputation for stinginess.
Anthropologists suggest our contradictions make us human. By this measure, Dad was an ordinary man. But to us, he was extraordinary.
Dad, you and mom created a very good life for your four children. You gave and received love openly and generously and we are grateful. We will carry your love forward.
Due to Covid requirements, visitation will be held privately by invitation and appointment on Monday October 26th at Blenheim Community Funeral Home.
A private Mass will be held on Tuesday October 27th with interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice are appreciated. https://www.chathamkenthospice.com/donate/