Peter De Brouwer

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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.

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Ben, Patricia, Cayley and Athena, Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. The Pete I knew was a quiet man always alert and watching the activities around him. You could see the love and pride he had for his family. Hugs to you and your family. Sincerely Carol Dorssers

Thinking of you Melissa and your family in this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

To the entire family, Pete was a true blue kind of guy, who always looked you in the eye, shared a smile and stopped to say hi. He was a grand man, and we were honoured to have known him. Our condolences.

Sorry for your loss. He will always be around in the many memories you have .


I am so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing - I have many fond memories of him coming into Thompson’s. He was a great guy. Find solace in his memories you have made over the years. Condolences to your family. Debbie (Allison) Brodie

Pete was always a very kind man. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Mike Horak and family.

Van harte gecondoleerd met dit verlies. Wim van den Bosch. son of Mies en Rien van den Bosch

Very sorry for your loss. Pete was quite the character he will surely be missed but his presence will live on. They will surely be playing some poker! The Lenders Family

I have great memories of Uncle Pete. I spent a lot of time in Blenheim e as a kid. I loved how Uncle Pete was so excited about his ponies and horses. He was so proud of his 4 legged family. And was a requirement to be part of the duties of cleaning the barn, feeding the animals, and making sure the horses were groomed... "properly"! I have a scar on my elbow from riding one of the ponies who didn't know how to navigate a culvert and so I was propelled in the air to the other side of the culvert. After a trip to the hospital to get stitches, Uncle Pete was adamant that I needed to get right back on the pony the next day. And I did! I also remember Uncle Pete being loud as a kid. Just give him a deck of cards, a cigar and a few drinks and ...well...the volume goes up!! I recall hearing about Uncle Pete being stubborn and I didn't believe it...but then I saw it in action when I was at your place...when Uncle Pete says NO there is absolutely no changing his mind. No negotiation, no matter what you did or said to try to change his mind...the answer was NO! I was living with you Uncle Pete and Aunt Anne, for a fall semester, while I was doing a teacher's college placement at Blenheim District High School. I am so grateful to you both for your generosity. That's also the time when Uncle Pete and Ben were in Oklahoma City with Lady in Grey and Ben won the championship. What an exciting timte. Uncle Pete was SO PROUD, excited, and tired when he returned. Uncle Pete was devastated with the loss of Weston. He described a special bond with Weston. I remember at the visitation that Uncle Pete would just shake his head with disbelief that his grandson had predeceased him..."It shouldn't be this way..." he said..."but it is and we just have to deal with it!" I am imagining Uncle Pete and Weston 4 wheeling together again. Thank you Uncle Pete...for touching my life and the lives of those who have known you. You lived a full life!

My deepest sympathies to everyone. Oom Pete lived a beautiful life. I’ll always remember the huge smile on his face and the light in his eyes. Our thoughts are with you all.

Mrs. DeBrouwer, My sincerest condolences on the loss of Pete. I was lucky to be around Pete occasionally when he would come to visit my Dad. He was always so kind to include me in the conversations. He was a good friend my Dad needed.

Your Dad/Opa was so good to my Dad, Once he was in Blenheim Community Village, he would visit him 2 or 3 times a week, always same time and Dad always looked forward to seeing him. He had a special place in my heart for being the friend that Dad needed. He was a special man - I'm sure you all know that!! My sincerest condolences. Kellie and Tim

Our condolences to Ann and family. Always enjoyed a chat with Pete whenever our paths crossed over the years.

Anne, Ben, Marianne, Allen, Melissa and families So very sorry to hear of Pete's passing. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of him! Patty Smith (Gervason)

Anne, Ben, Marianne, Allen, Melissa and families So very sorry to hear of Pete's passing. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of him! Patty Smith (Gervason)

Our deepest sympathy to Anne and the whole family.

Dear Aunt Anne ,Ben ,Marianne, Allen and Melissa our sincere condolences. Uncle Peter was a kind understanding man.I will always treasure the time I spent with you at the farm. A smile comes to me when I recall the many fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anne & Family Sending our deepest condolences. Thinking of you Your Postma Fitness Family

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Pete. We are all thinking of you. Peter & Annie Timmermans

Condolences to the family from Mary Wardell and Su Innis. We always loved to see the boys come into the New Scotland restaurant and Dad enjoyed cards with you all. Peter will be truly missed.

Ben, Trish and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Memories are you treasures. Keep them close.

We were sadden to here of Pete’s passing. He was so very kind to our family. I enjoyed our chats after church and he always smiled and said hello to the boys. He will be missed but we can say we were happy to have known him. Thinking of your family at this sad time.

Our sincerest condolences to you Anne and family. We have enjoyed our conversations with Pete for many years. From our early days of showing horses to most recently watching Evan play hockey in Michigan, Pete would always share his wisdom (including with Evan's coach) but more importantly was always kind and interested in our lives and our family. Take care all

My sincere condolences to all the DeBrouwer families. and extended families.

We were so sorry to hear of Pete's passing . He will surely be missed and we are all richer to have known him . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire DE Brower family

Our condolences to the Debrouwer family. Pete was a great guy and always had something to say to make you laugh. He will be missed.

Anne and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time. We know he will be fondly remembered by many people.

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

Anne, Ben, Marianne, Al and Melissa and families. So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person, and his legacy will continue in the beautiful family that he raised. Our thoughts are with you.

Ben & Patricia and family you are in our thoughts and prayers and sorry for your loss

Annie, children and grandchildren are very sorry for the passing of Pete. I have met Pete several times in Canada and the Netherlands together with my mother Toos Berendsen. Pete was always interested in everything and was always having a good time. We also attended their 50th wedding anniversary. I will always remember Pete as a good person. Pete thank you for getting to know you. Gerwin Degen from Holland

Very Sorry for your loss.

Ann and family so sorry to hear about Pete’s passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Mike/Linda Lanz

Dear Anne, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your neighbor, Lynn Clark.

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father and Opa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Our condolences to the DeBrouwer Family and extended family. May the memories keep you all close.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

You may not know me but i am sure you knew my father and mother Jan and Alice Terpstra i am son andy the painter I know his brothers Chris’ and Bert my sincere condo lances

Anne and family. Our sincere condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you come together to not only mourn but celebrate a life well lived.

Anne and family, Saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Peter & Linda

Anne, Ben, Marianne, Al and Melissa and families. Brenda and I are so sorry for your loss. One of my fondest memories is saddling my pony and riding her down the road to Pete's farm for my first horse show. Pete's kind words and encouragement that day inspired me to live on the back of a horse for the next 20 years. Whenever visiting your home I always felt welcome and friendship. We will miss him. He was thoughtful, caring and supportive.

Anne and family, Our deepest condolences to you all.

Our deepest condolences to the family. It was a pleasure getting to know Pete the last few years around the poker table.

My condolences to the De Brouwer family with the lose of Piet. He will be missed .He always was on his bike when the weather was good. I will miss him coming down the street. Rest in peace Piet until we meet again.

Anne and family I am deeply sorry to hear of Pete's passing. My prayers and condolences go out to you all. Sincerely, Linda Stonehouse-Paling

Pete's smiling face and friendly greetings will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

Anne and family, sending my sincere condolences. Nancy Burk/Brown

Our deepest condolences to all of the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Melissa and Stephen, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. His was a larger than life character and I always enjoyed hearing the stories you shared. You always spoke with love, humour, and a deep understanding and appreciation of your dear dad. My deepest condolences.

Sorry for the loss of Pete Codolencis for your family

Melissa and Stephen, and the entire family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a larger than life character, and have always loved the stories you shared about him. You always spoke with love, humour, and deep understanding about your dear dad. My deepest condolences.

Ben and Patricia Sorry to learn of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May he rest in eternal peace.


Ann, Ben, Marianne, Allan and Melissa and families - our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Pete was a wonderful family man always with a smile and a story. Cherish the wonderful memories you have and they will get you through difficult days ahead. Our condolences to you all from the VanHeesch family

Very sorry for the loss of your Dad & Husband. Our deepest condolences to all of you and your families at this difficult time. Sincerely, Scott & Cheryl Kelly

We will surely miss him! The deep discussions about horses and how they move, what their abilities are and what they can do bring back so many wonderful memories. Quarteramas and Congresses, weekend shows and horse auctions! So many good times. He always had a knack for making us feel like family whenever we saw him. He will surely be missed, but all of us who knew him have surely been blessed.

Sincere condolance from the DRIESSEN family with the death of Piet. He will be sorely missed. Be assured that Piet & all of you are in our prayers.

Sorry for your loss. Our condolences to your family.

God bless Peter. I pray for him and entire family. Good man and I enjoyed working with him oh so many years ago. I had fond memories. He will be missed. Roy (Rogers)

My deepest condolences to the deBrouwer family. In Sympathy, Christine Preisenhammer

My condolences to the DeBrouwer family! I remember Pete fondly. A great neighbour, and a good man!

So sorry to hear Al ,My sincere condolences to all of you during this difficult time, I pray for God to give you strength

Blessings & prayers ascend to Peter, Ann, their children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. He’s certainly one of a kind. I will always have the video in which he was included, produced for Remembrance Day. As a young fellow, he watched the bombers fly overhead, in the Netherland sky. A true gentleman.

Our sincere condolences to your family. We loved Uncle Pete so much. It was a highlight fir us to come from London to his farm where he was always so kind. He always let us ride the horses. He had a great spirit and was very funny. He will always stay deep in our memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Hugs🎈

My condolences the family. John Uher

Dear Aunt Anne, Marianne, Ben, Allen, Melissa and families. Prayers went out when we received the call about Uncle Pete not doing so well. We were hoping and praying for a better outcome. We are holding your family in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your beloved husband and father. Hugs to all, ♥️ Don & Terri-Lynn Van Herk

We are sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful man who always made you smile. His spirit lives on through his children and grandchildren. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers.❤️

Ben and family my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. How fortunate you were to have him in your life for so many years. May your memories bring a smile to your face when you think of all his characteristics. Sincerely Ruth Moerman

Ben and family please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. May your life long memories help you through this difficult time.

My condolence to my dear friend Ann & her family Ben & Patricia .Allen & Mia . Marianne & Bret .Melissa & Steve. & fam. The memories our familie has with Pete & Ann & fam. We Cherish forever .Pete was a guy who was truly a caring man when you needed one .He sure loved his cardfriends & they had allot of good times .Rest In Peace Pete with your friends in heaven .