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Gregory Peters
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Gregory John Peters, 45, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at Hinds Hospice, Fresno, after a 21-year battle with brain cancer. His wife, brothers and mother were by his side.

Born March 23, 1967 in Oakland, he lived in Fresno with his wife Stephanie at the time of his death.

Greg was a prominent basketball player at his high school, Amador Valley High in Pleasanton. He went on to Fresno State University on a full sports scholarship to play basketball.

Survivors include his wife Stephanie Peters of Fresno; his parents Ted and Wilhelmina Peters of Escalon; brothers Laurence Peters of Escalon, A. Mark Peters of Pleasanton; sisters-in-laws Karen Peters of Escalon and Sabrina Peters of Pleasanton; five nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Australia, Holland and Canada. He was fortunate to visit many of his extended relatives in all these countries, most notably a trip in 1992 he took with his father to Holland to see the family farm, which was still owned and operated by family.

His middle name of 'John' was in honor President John F. Kennedy, as JFK was the president when the family first migrated to the United States from Australia. He was the first family member born in America.

Mr. Peters was loved as a great uncle by his nieces and nephews, all whom he adored, enjoyed visiting, and watching them play sports.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother (Oma) Gerarda Vervaart and grandfather (Opa) Cornelius Vervaart, both originally from Holland; paternal grandmother Theodora Peters and grandfather Laurencius Peters of Holland.

Cremation under the direction of Farewell Mortuary in Fresno.

Services will be held Monday, Dec 10 at 10 a.m. at the New Harvest Church in Clovis.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Greg Peters Scholarship Fund being arranged at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Dec. 5, 2012