Mr. Peter Michael Abreu Sr.

September 20, 1942August 12, 2013

Peter Michael Abreu passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2013, at Piedmont Hospital. He was born on September 20, 1942 in Brunswick, Georgia and spent his early childhood on Sea Island with his parents, Francis L. Abreu and May P. Abreu. From them he learned to love hunting, fishing, philanthropic pursuits that help others, and how to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. Peter was educated at Admiral Farragut Naval Academy and attended Middle Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. Following his schooling, he moved to Roswell, Georgia. He began his business career with the Zoning Department of the City of Roswell and rose to become Director of the Roswell Historic District. Surviving Peter are his beloved wife, Carol Gaissert Abreu, three wonderful children, Peter Michael Abreu, Jr. (Michelle), Claire E. Abreu (fiancé, Jeffrey Webber), and Katherine M. Abreu, all of whom live in the Atlanta area. In addition, Peter leaves three lovely grandchildren, William Avery Abreu, Aerynne May Abreu and Grayson Michael Theodore Abreu, who were the apple of his eye. He also leaves his cherished dog, "Cricket." Peter spent his life in the Atlanta area pursuing his primary vocation, philanthropy. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the Distribution Committee of the May P. and Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust. This organization has supported, among others, the Atlanta Humane Society, The Woodruff Arts Center, the North Fulton Community Foundation, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Bullock Hall in Roswell, the Women's Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital and the Piedmont Hospital Foundation, the Atlanta History Center, the Shepherd Center and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He served from time to time on the Boards of many of these institutions. Peter was an avid quail hunter and fisherman. He was passionate about the outdoors. He and Carol traveled the world to many destinations. Most of all, he liked to garden, raise vegetables and fruits, and take care of the fields surrounding his beloved home, "Northwind," in Roswell, Georgia. He and Carol entertained any number of friends at this stately home, which was designed by his father's nephew, Henri Jova. Peter was a longtime member of the Piedmont Driving Club, the Capital City Club and the Roswell Rotary Club. This gentle and loving man, who was at home at a white tie charity ball or in his vegetable garden in khaki pants, will be missed by a host of friends. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel at the Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, Georgia at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. The family will greet friends and well wishers at 1:00 p.m. that day in the Parlor of the Church. Graveside services for the family will follow the church proceedings. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent in Peter's honor to the Piedmont Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Piedmont Hospital Foundation, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Friends of Bullock Hall or a charity of the donor's choice.



  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2013


  • Burial - following the church service

Mr. Peter Michael Abreu Sr.

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September 25, 2013

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Peter Abreu, it is only through research that I learned about him and his work with the Abreu Trust. Learning about him today and finding this information is truly saddening. My thoughts are with the family.

~ Laura Y.

Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel

September 15, 2013

I was out of the country and just learned of Peter's death. Please know I am thinking of all of his family.

September 6, 2013

Our children were the same ages. Peter was always the kindest man with children and congenial with everyone. He spoke of his vision for Roswell even then.He will be missed.
Paula Moore Roswell, Ga

Bud & Gerry Byron

August 20, 2013

Please know that y'all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Walter Woliver

August 19, 2013

Carol- Peter was a great friend and will be deeply missed! I will always remember his great friendship, the great hunting trips that we shared with David Reddick, the great parties at your house and the great love you both shared for our great community.Peter and your generous spirit has been an inspiration and benefit to many. His memory will never be forgotten.- Walt Woliver(Roswell, GA)

Cathy Sleva

August 17, 2013

Michael, Claire, and Katherine - I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a kind and generous man.


August 16, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of sorrow.
God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times. Psalms 91:2. May you find the needed strength from God, family and friends.

Evelyn Stephens

August 16, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Debra Wilson

August 16, 2013

Ms. Abreu and family:
I am so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Mr. Abreu here at the Club. He was always such a gentleman. Light and love to you during this time. Debra Wilson, Capital City Club

Gillian Greer

August 16, 2013

Carol, I am so sorry to hear about Peter. I know you and he shared a deep love and I hope the many wonderful memories you will have will help to comfort you. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.