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KEMPF, Alfred

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. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 AM

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for KEMPF, Alfred is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 AM . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Toby Pike says:

    On behalf of the board and staff at the South East Kelowna Irrigation District, we send our sincere condolences for your loss. Alf was a true friend and a leader in the irrigation community in his role for many years as a trustee at BMID. We will miss his wry humor, his stories and his wise council.


  • Joe and Irene Hofer says:

    Dear Herb, Shelley and family!
    We were saddened to see your Dad’s obituary in the paper today. We pray God’s peace and comfort for you all and may special family times and many special memories of Dad lighten the load in the coming days and weeks ahead!! Sincerely, Joe and Irene

  • Jo-Ann McCabe says:

    Molly I’m sorry to read of the loss of your Grandpa. Please pass on my condolences to your family. Jo-Ann

  • Brian & Janice (Anderson) Saunders says:

    Many years ago our family lived next door to the Kempf family on Charleswood Rd. in Winnipeg. My mother, Mary, and Christine were good friends. I remember Ilona (Loni) as she played with my younger sister and Alfred Jr. (then called Freddie). Always warm hospitality & delicious kitchen smells in their spotless house. Nine years ago we met them in Kelowna when we attended our niece’s wedding and Alfred & Christine were there. Same warm friendliness and invitation to come to their house and to pick cherries in their orchard. What a delight! Condolences to the family. Such a colorful, character, who contributed so much to the family will surely be missed.

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