Gilbert “Gil” R. Brazo, 66

Published 3:11pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Born: May 9, 1946

Died: April 29, 2013

Gilbert “Gil” R. Brazo, 66, of Niles, passed away at his home on Monday, April 29, 2013.


Gil was born on May 9, 1946 to the late Gilbert and Leah (Walters) Brazo in South Bend, Ind.

After high school Gil attended Michigan Tech. and on Aug. 30, 1969 he wed Penny Wymer at a ceremony in Niles.  Together they had two sons.  After many years Gil retired from Huntington Bank as a Commercial Lender in 2002.  He was previously on the Board of Directors for the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of the Optimist International.  Gil was instrumental in bringing the Dragon Boats to Niles for Riverfest and also the United States Canoe and Kayak Championships.

Gil is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife, Penny Brazo of Niles, sons Corey Brazo of South Bend, Indiana, Kevin (Trish) Brazo of Niles, two grandchildren Zyon and Aiden, who he loved spending time with, and siblings Jim (Judy) Brazo of Warsaw, Indiana, Gary Brazo of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dean (Laura) Brazo of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Jeff (Jackie) Brazo of Sturgis, Michigan and Jan (Mike) Gordon of Niles.

A memorial service to honor Gil’s life will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Brown Funeral Home in Niles at 7 p.m., officiated by Cathi Huvaere with a time of visitation two hours prior.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gil to the Niles District Library.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Niles.

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