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DeBraal, Peter John

DeBraal, Peter John

Peter John DeBraal resident of Brighton, raised in Fairport, passed away suddenly July 3, 2013. He was a devoted husband, father, son, and friend to all.He is survived by his loving wife Nicole, son Nathan, devoted parents John and Carol, Godmother Jean Seabrooks, cousins and extended family and friends.

Architecture was Peter’s life’s passion. He was a Senior Associate at SWBR Architects and served on the Operations and Design Committees. He earned a Masters Degree at Kent State University. Peter was a member of  the Town of Brighton Architectural Review Board, AIA member, and leader with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Peter had a quiet calmness that set us all at ease. We will remember him most for how much he adored Nathan.Calling hours Monday 4-8pm at Keenan Funeral Home, 7501 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd., Fairport. Funeral Tuesday at 1pm at Christ Church, 36 S. Main St., Pittsford. Private burial at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a scholarship fund to be set up for Nathan.


  • Cathy Ahern and Marie DeRosa Posted July 6, 2013 10:19 pm

    So many emotions overcome each of us. Peter was a gift in our life…a great Architect, great friend, son, husband and father. We are lucky to have experienced some wonderful times with Pete …let us all keep Pete alive as we work hard on moving forward. We smile thinking of him when he started dating Nicole, falling in love and smiling. We smile when they had Nate…so proud he was. We smile when we think of Pete and his crew…Dave,Mark, Steve and Danny boy…such a great group of friends! Our hearts are heavy….

  • Jess Regan Posted July 6, 2013 10:51 pm

    We were heartbroken to learn of Peter’s passing. It seems that wherever we went we saw the three of you or Peter & Nate. Such a beautiful family and it was so sweet to see how in love Peter was with Nate- he’d just stare at him and smile. Tom was looking forward to riding with Peter in Geneseo in August and will be thinking of him as he rides for sure. Nicole, our prayers will be with you in the coming weeks, months and years. You were already such a strong Mom and Nate is blessed to have you in his corner. Please know we are thinking of you. Love- Jess & Tom Regan

  • Vicky Posted July 7, 2013 1:00 pm

    We are heartbroken to hear about your loss. Peter will remain deep in our hearts and you all are in our thoughts and prayers. My fondest memory is love for his family and how happy he made our dear friend Nicole and their son Nate. His love for them showed through his warm smile. Love to all.

  • Tori Budgeon-Baker Posted July 7, 2013 10:44 pm

    Although I knew Peter first through architecture, and he was one of the finest architects I have known, my fondest memories of Pete and Nicole is when they came to dinner at our place and how our daughter, then 3 or 4 years old, adored and climbed on ‘Mr. Pete’. She instinctively sensed something in him that we all knew – he was a kind, gentle soul who had such a positive impact on everyone he came in contact with. I believe that was a little foreshadowing as to the wonderful father Peter would become to Nate. I am so happy that he found Nicole and were blessed with their beautiful son, Nathan and pray that those happy memories and Peter’s spirit will carry them through life.

  • Karen Lawson Posted July 8, 2013 2:31 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Nik, Nate and the entire family during this seemingly impossible time. May your favorite memories comfort you and keep Pete close in your hearts.

    Karen and Derrick

  • Joyce and Bernie Posted July 8, 2013 3:07 pm

    Nicole, Nate, Carol and John,
    May meeting with friends and recalling Peter’s remarkable life bring you comfort and strength.
    Joyce and Bernie

  • Cindy Kappen Trubisky Posted July 8, 2013 3:34 pm

    Nik- All my very best wishes, prayers and thoughts go to you and Nate, as well as all your family & friends. Remember happy times and keep them close to your heart.
    Cindy, Bob & Caleb Trubisky

  • Anita Washington Posted July 8, 2013 9:24 pm

    Dearest Nik, My heart breaks for you. May the miracle of comfort come to you now in the days to come. No words will take away any of the pain you feel but know that you are on the hearts and minds of your friends.

  • Todd Allen Posted July 9, 2013 12:01 pm


    Too much sadness these last couple of years. I am heart sick for you and Nate. He is with the angels now and I know he and Chris are looking down upon us and wishing to reassure us that we will see them again. They are not gone, they are everywhere, be open to Peter’s presence, you will be amazed. Believe me, it will happen. My prayers are with you as am I.


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