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TOPF, Dieter Gerhardt

April 8, 1935 — September 13, 2018

Adored by his family and friends, Dieter Topf passed away suddenly last Thursday at the age of 83. While Dieter had been in frail health, his death came as a shock to all who knew him. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1935, Dieter emigrated to Vancouver in the early 1960s. Within a short time, he met his future wife, Yvonne, an Englishwoman who had travelled to Vancouver for a work experience, but ended up marrying Dieter, a dashing young German with a Volkswagen Beetle and a passion for skiing. In 1969 Dieter was offered the chance to move to Winfield to help manage Vanguard, an RV firm that started in Richmond. After a few years Dieter and his business partner, the late Gunter Gahrns, struck out on their own and started Frontier Manufacturing. The company was very successful, so much so that B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison decided to buy them out. Pattison eventually sold the merged company, leaving Dieter at a crossroads. He tried his hand at real estate, then ran a dry-cleaning store for several years before retiring full-time. Yvonne and Dieter were very happy in retirement, taking many trips together and enjoying their beautiful home overlooking the lake in Magic Estates. A plan to live out their last years together in a downsized townhouse went awry when Yvonne died of cancer in January 2018. Her loss was a big one for Dieter, making the last few months very difficult for him. His family is very grateful for the support of good friends who rallied around him during this time. Dieter is survived by his son Andrew, daughter Christina and son-in-law Philip Burns, brother-in-law Stuart Cook, sister-in-law Charlotte Kushner and nephews Jeremy and Daniel Cook. A celebration of Dieter’s life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 10:00 am. The family requests no flowers. 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 26, 2018 at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for TOPF, Dieter Gerhardt is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 10:00 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 Rd. Kelowna


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  • Pat McCutcheon says:

    To Andrew, Christina and Philip;
    I am sorry to hear of Deiter’s passing. I will always remember the twinkle in his eyes, his sense of humour, and his commitment to his family. He wil be missed. Sincerely – Pat McCutcheon

  • Pat McCutcheon says:

    To Andrew, Christina and Philip;
    I am sorry to hear of Deiter’s passing. I will always remember the twinkle in his eyes, his sense of humour, and his commitment to his family. He will be missed. Sincerely – Pat McCutcheon

  • Jane Wilson says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Dieter. He was a wonderful person, I have so many great memories spending time with all of you, so many of them with Dieter leading the way. Skiing, water skiing, and a terrific trip to the Cathedral Mountains, he made everything so much fun even when we were a little misplaced. . I have included 2 pictures, the first shows Dieter hiking the trestles with Andrew and my brother Mike. The second is one of many Christmas dinners we spent with the Topf family. Once again I feel I have lost a part of our family, my love and thoughts are with you. Jane

  • Dale Fromberg says:

    I would like to express my condolences to the family of both Dieter and Yvonne Topf. I worked with Yvonne as secretary for Kelowna Community Concerts for a time many years ago. I enjoyed working with her and admired her dedication to Community Concerts. During that time I had the pleasure of meeting Dieter and always enjoyed having a chat with him. My thoughts are with you.

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