Bryan Earle St. Pere, age 53, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away at home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
Bryan was born April 2, 1968 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, to the late Earle W. St. Pere and Mary Susan (Driskill) Swierenga. His childhood on the south side of Chicago included close friendships with both people and critters—lots of them. By the 5th grade he had discovered a passion for music and found his place behind the drumset. He developed his distinct style with the help of role models such as John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, and later Britt Walford.
Bryan attended Tinley Park High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and an MBA from the University of Illinois. While at school in Champaign, he pursued music with a multitude of bands, most notably the rock band Hum. In addition to being an influential drummer, he was a gifted music writer and arranger, “always wanting to serve the song,” according to one bandmate. He shared his exceptional musical gifts by collaborating with, mentoring, and recording fellow musicians.
Throughout his life, Bryan was surrounded by those who loved him, many of whom were rare insects and exotic animals like Hermann the tortoise, his scaley companion. He balanced music with his career in the pharmaceutical and medical device fields, where he provided relief to many patients suffering from chronic pain. Bryan was passionate about human rights and social justice. He had a unique and irreplaceable way of connecting with people from far different backgrounds on the simple art of being human.
Although his fascination with creatures, love of music, and successful career were part of what made him such an amazing man, the primary joy of Bryan’s life was the unique and treasured bond he shared with his children, Tom and Ava. Our sorrow in his passing and sympathy for his children cannot be expressed in mere words.
Bryan was preceded in death by his parents, Earle and Sue. He is survived by his son, Thomas Jerome St. Pere and his daughter, Ava Marie St. Pere, along with his sisters, Diane Bogusz (Kieth) and Jamie Graham (Ryan), and ex-wife, Katherine St. Pere. Along with them are nieces and nephews, countless friends, bandmates, and colleagues.
Private services will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh County Humane Society on line at www.vhslifesaver.org. Checks can be mailed to 400 Millner Industrial Dr, Evansville, IN 47710.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net.