Gabriel Nicolaas "Nick" Brands

Brands, Gabriel Nicolaas "Nick"
Jan. 27, 1929 - Sep. 30, 2013
Nick was born in Winschoten, The Netherlands. In the early fifties he began his career with the Nationale Handelsbank, who sent him to their banking school in Bussum, The Netherlands. After a solid training in his chosen banking field, he spent six years in Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong before returning to Holland. On his way home from Hong Kong he met Pat, a Pan American stewardess who was working the flight that day. They corresponded for sixteen months with Nick in the north of Holland and Pat based in New York before marrying in Chelmsford, England and moving to Burlingame, California. Nick was employed by the Bank of America in San Francisco where he worked before being transferred to open the bank's first fully fledged branch in Bombay, India in 1964. His daughter Simone was born in Bombay in 1965. In 1966, Nick and his wife were sent to Hong Kong where he was in charge of the bank's two branches on Kowloon side. Heavy rioting took place in 1966-67: the bank was bombed nine times with wooden bullets. His son Marc was born during these riots in l967. All survived the attack from mainland China.
Nick was transferred by the Bank of America to Vienna, Austria in 1971, followed by a move to Utrecht, Holland for the Rabobank as head of the International Division in 1975. After 6 years, he returned to Hong Kong with the DG Bank running the bank's operations before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1986 where he retired. He and his wife moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2003. Married for 53 years, they had known each other for more than 55 years.
A devoted family man, Nick was also passionate about soccer, and enjoyed tennis and chess. He is survived by his wife, Pat, daughter, Simone, son, Marc and sister in law, Vicki Stead of Eastbourne, England.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Brus, Dr. Walter Hepp, Dr. Mark Lupo, Dr. David Siegel, and Dr. Jessie Williams, Lynn Eaby and all the hard- working staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital & Toale Brothers Funeral Homes and Crematory.
A remembrance will take place at the beautiful Highgate Cemetery in London, England.

Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2013