March 24, 1927 – September 20, 2016
It is with great sadness we mourn the peaceful passing of Alfred. After a sudden stroke, Alfred passed away at Kelowna General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. “Opa” was born in Weinau, Ukraine on March 27, 1927 of German heritage. He and his family were displaced by World War II and Alfred ended up in England then Winnipeg. It was there he met his wife Christine and started their family. In 1966 the family relocated to Kelowna. He worked as a machinist, welder but mainly an orchardist.
He was a hardworking, generous, jack of all trades, and master of most, with a quick sense of humour and a mischievous nature. He was a story teller and a prankster.
Alfred was a beekeeper, winemaker, hunter, fisherman, mechanic, carpenter and collector of many things.
He was a character and a charmer. He was passionate about his family, farming, promoting education and serving on the Black Mountain Irrigation District Board of Directors.
As an orchardist, he was a proud recipient of the prestigious Golden Apple Award.
Alfred had a special relationship with his grandchildren whom he doted upon and supported in their schooling, sports and activities.
Alfred is survived by his wife of 64 years Christine, children Ilona, Alf (Jane), Herb (Shelley), and Steve (Patti), grandchildren Maddi, Molly, Kailyn, Andrew, Emily and Nicholas, sisters Val and Ilona.
He was predeceased by his father Christian and mother Elise.
Funeral services will be held at Springfield Funeral Home on Sep 28 at 11:00 AM with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Okanagan College Foundation.
A special thanks to Dr. Paul Hart and the nursing staff at KGH 4E for their compassion and care during Alfred’s final few days.
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