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MEIER, Adolf

April 6, 1930 — March 15, 2024

Born in St. Gallen, Switzerland on April 6, 1930, Adolf Meier passed away on March 15, 2024.

Henau, St. Gallen was the backdrop of Adolf’s youth, and he attended elementary and secondary school in Uzwil, St. Gallen. He pursued a career in baking and completed 3 years of studies, receiving top honours.

Adolf had an inquisitive travel fever and spent many weekends riding his bike with a homemade tent to see amazing places, rain or shine.  At the age of 24, he was on his way by ship to Canada, arriving in Halifax, NS working his way to Vancouver Island in BC.  He didn’t care for the work and decided to come to Kelowna, BC.  He got a job at Hanky’s Bakery and Tea Room.  He met the love of his life, Hilda, and they were married in May 1959.

In 1960, they moved to Castlegar, BC where he had his own bakery which was sold to Super Value.  They eventually sold their home and with their two children, Doug and Sharon, moved back to Kelowna.  They built their home on Highland Drive South, he worked for Super Value for a couple of years, but his brother-in-law was building a huge grocery store with an in-store bakery.  Adolf became their bakery manager.  It was a gold mine, and he had 10 bakers and 10 ladies on staff.  He retired at 55 years old and enjoyed his love of rock and gem hunting, especially in Montana and Idaho States.  Adolf and Hilda travelled all over the western USA and enjoyed many gem and rock shows.  He was clever with his hands and made many beautiful pieces of jewellery for his wife, children, and many customers who knew him as the Opal King of Rocks.

Adolf was a happy, content, and good-natured man who enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved water-skiing and was (in 1959) the only person who was daring enough to use a ski jump on one ski successfully.  He loved fishing and often went salmon fishing to Telegraph Cove, Hornby Island, and many local lakes in the interior.  While he loved to fish, he didn’t like to eat them.

In 1992, Adolf and his son Doug built the family chalet at Big White Ski Resort.  Many wonderful memories were spent at The Chalet Matterhorn with his children and grandchildren.  Melissa, David, and Skyla were his pride and joy, and they brought him much happiness as he watched them growing up.  He had nicknames for them all and to this day they have stuck.

We say Aufviedersehne dearest Honich, Dad, and Opa.  See you in the other life that God has prepared for his people.  Adolf is survived by his wife Hilda; son Doug (Gisele) and daughter Sharon (Phil); grandchildren Melissa (Franco), David (Kim), and Skyla (Lewis).

Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (alzheimer.ca) or to the First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund (www.firstlutheran.ca/give).

A Memorial Service, with Pastor Keith Reisdorf officiating and a reception to follow, will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2024, at 2:00 PM (PDT), at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH: 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.


THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2024, at 2:00 PM (PDT)


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The Alzheimer Society of Canada or to the First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Link: alzheimer.ca, www.firstlutheran.ca/give


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The service for MEIER, Adolf is scheduled for THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2024, at 2:00 PM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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4091 Lakeshore Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Georgina & Charles McFarlane says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We spent many wonderful days fishing together and staying at the chalet with you. May he rest in peace until we meet again. Jean

  • Corina SCHERER says:

    My condolences Doug and Sharon and your family.

  • Draha and Ivan Nevesely says:

    We are sorry to hear about your loos of your dad.
    Our deepest sympathy.

  • Randy Streilein says:

    My deepest condolences on your loss Doug.

  • Rick and Jeannine Jubinville says:

    Sorry for your loss. He sounds like he had a life well lived. All our love.

  • Oscar & Delores Banziger says:

    Adolf was such a blessing to the Banziger family dating back to around 1955, when we met Adolf in Kelowna. Adolf eventually moved in with us when we moved to 1932 Pandosy Street, and he became part of the family. We shared many good memories with Adolf including his courtship/marriage to Hilda, and eventually Doug & Sharon when they decided to have a family. I will always remember Adolf’s good sense of humour, his gentle nature, and his strong embrace. He always made me feel loved and special. May he now rest in peace with his Lord.
    Blessings and a prayer for peace for Hilda, Doug, Sharon, and their families.
    Oscar, Delores, and our family.

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