Peter Jon de Vos

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Peter Jon de Vos, 69, of Grant-Valkaria, Fla., died Monday, June 9, 2008. He was born in San Diego, Calif.

Peter attended the St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., on a musical scholarship. He then went on to attend Princeton and Johns Hopkins School of International Relations. Peter began his career in the Foreign Service of the United States in 1962, serving in Recife, Brazil, where he met Nancy Wesney and later married her in St. Albans Sanctuary at the Washington Cathedral in 1965.

He then went on to serve in Naples, Italy; Luanda, Angola; Brasilia, Brazil; and Athens, Greece, before becoming the ambassador to Guinea-Bissau in West Africa; Maputo, Mozambique; Liberia; Tanzania; and Costa Rica before retiring in 1997.

He then taught at the University of Chicago before moving to Merritt and teaching for a year at East Carolina University. Peter and his wife then retired to Grant-Valkaria in 2006.

Peter loved nature. He collected seashells and was a birdwatcher and especially enjoyed fishing.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Nancy (Wesney) de Vos; his nieces, Suzanne (Frank) Kricker and Bonnie Banks; sister, Lurline de Vos; sisters-in-law, Barbara Zwilling, Helen Cline and Priscilla (Ted) Hoyle; many nieces and nephews; and friends that will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Suzanne de Vos, and his sister, Gretchen Banks. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 18, 2008, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home in Palm Bay, Fla., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m.

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Published in Sun Journal from June 15 to June 18, 2008