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Adolf Kruger

October 5, 1931 - November 20, 2016


We are sad to announce the passing of the much loved Adolf Friedrich “Fritz” Kruger on November 20th, 2016 at Moog & Friends Hospice House in Penticton at the age of 85 years.

Adolf was predeceased by his wife Susanna in 2014 and will be fondly remembered and missed by his loving family, sons Hagen (Kerry) and Roland (Karen); grandsons Nikolas (Kendra) and Alexander (Brandee); granddaughter Robyn and great-grandchildren Sofia and Steven. He is survived by his Brother Horsti (Edith), Germany, as well as extended family and many friends and neighbours.

Born in Kehrberg, Germany on October 5, 1931, Adolf spent much of his childhood growing up during the war years. Despite that, he had many fond memories growing up in Wittenberge and playing with his brother and cousins along the banks of the Elbe river. Adolf, in the true sense of the words was a builder and pioneer. After the war and having fled East Germany, he and his brother immigrated to Canada in 1951 settling in Winnipeg, where he met his wife Susanna and had two children. After studying English and yacht design, Adolf moved his entire family to Vancouver in 1964. They resided in North Burnaby and he worked for 14 years at Wright Engineers as an Electrical Designer, a job that sent him and his family to different parts of the world including, Beirut, Lebanon, Aleppo, Syria, and Tehran, Iran.  Adolf was always very active, he loved to hunt and fish and make wine with his friends.  He built boats, cabins at Whistler, a log home in the Cariboo, his home in Okanagan Falls, and the first winery building for Wild Goose Vintners. All at a time when there was no internet!  At age 52 Adolf, who was semi retired, visited long time friend Nick Broderson who owned a vineyard in Kaleden and after that visit, a dream was born!

Adolf and his sons purchased a 10 acre parcel of land in Okanagan Falls and in 1984 Wild Goose Vineyards was established.  In the mid to late 80’s as free trade began to cast a dark cloud over the BC wine industry, Adolf did not sit idle, but began to lobby government for a number of years to change winery licensing and in 1990 Wild Goose Winery was licensed as BC’s first Farmgate to grow, produce and bottle on site!  Adolf played a large roll in the formation of the BC Wine Institute, wine standards, and the VQA program that declared 100% BC content in wine.  Adolf was inducted into the BC Wine Museum and won the BC Wine Industry Founders Award in 2006.

Adolf grew Wild Goose and helped the BC wine industry grow from 17 wineries in BC in 1990 to over 300 across the province today, and a remarkable 10 000 + acres of vineyard planted province wide.  In his later years he was always active around the winery as “Mr. Fix It”, welcoming customers in the tasting room or entertaining guests on the deck of the Smoke and Oak bistro!

Adolf not only helped grow the BC wine industry, but his family grew as well.  Adolf cherished social gatherings with the entire family, always enjoying food, a laugh, and a glass of Wild Goose wine!

Please raise a beer and a schnapps to a pioneer, builder, intellect, father, loving and caring family man!

The family would like to thank Dr. Jamie Robertson and Dr. Andrew Robertson for the remarkable support, Dr. Wadhwa and Dr. Mangie and the entire Kelowna Cancer Clinic team, the truly amazing staff at Moog & Friends Hospice and all the volunteers who made Adolf’s stay as comfortable as possible. You will be in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 3/16 at Linden Gardens, 316 Linden Ave, Kaleden, BC at 11:00 AM followed by a celebration of life reception at Wild Goose Winery, 2145 Sun Valley Way, Okanagan Falls, BC. from 2 to 5 PM.

Donations will be greatly appreciated and can be made to the Adolf Kruger Bursary Fund for the Winery Assistant's Program at Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.



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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Crystal and Art Dias
Relation: Family friend

We are so sorry for the loss of Fritz. He was loved by us all. We will always remember his wonderful smile and laugh. He was so proud of his family and that was evident in everything that he did. Thank you for making us a part of your family and having the great opportunity to love and know Fritz. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Crystal and Art and family

From: Raymond Klassen
Relation: Worked for Mr Kruger and family

My condolences to The Kruger family. Working for Adolph and his sons was always a pleasure. Adolph was a very smart man and treated people with respect. Rest in peace.

From: Linda and Ken Harcott
Relation: Friends of Karen and Rolly

So sorry to hear of your loss, Rolly and Karen. We are thinking of you and sending hugs during this difficult time.

From: Richard Desnoyers
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

I had for Mr Kruger a great deal of respect I admire is courage and strength everything that I did was for him and him only we became fast friend in a short time and he inspired me great deal. Rest in peace and i thank god that i was lucky enough to meet you it was a privilege thank you mr Kruger

From: Michaela Belanger
Relation: Friend of Roland and Karen

My condolences to the Kruger family for the loss of Fritz. My son and I will always remember his kindness, generosity and welcoming home. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Michaela and Dougie Stefan Belanger

From: Bill Ripka
Relation: Family friend

Very graced to have known Fritz and his wonderful wife Susie since the early 90’s. Always made me feel welcome in their home. Very generous. Glad to share a laugh, a story or even better a beer and schnapps at happy hour. Always had an ear to listen and a kind piece of advice to offer. A kinder man there could not be. He will be sadly missed and our camping and fishing trips fondly remembered. A great fisherman and a well-spoken man Fritz was always entertaining when you asked him to talk of his adventures. A true classy individual and a proud man. Rest in Peace Fritz. Will think of you often.

From: Elaine Newberry
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

My sincere condolence to the Kruger families my heart is with you Praying for you
Love Elaine

From: Lynn & John Bremmer
Relation: wine industry

As a part of the grape and wine industry Adolf will be missed.
He was a very important part of industry with his introduction of very good quality wine at reasonable prices. This, more than anything, helped expose the consumer to excellent BC wine thus encouraging the growth of our industry.
Most importantly he will be missed for his wonderful smile!

From: Don Cooper
Relation: Friend of Roland

Roland and Karen and family,

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Adolf. He sounds like he was quite a man, as I had heard from people in the community. I am sure you will have many fond memories of him and all of the things he accomplished in his life, while enjoying the friendship and admiration of others. That is quite a legacy.


Don Cooper

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 3, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Linden Gardens
316 Linden Avenue
Kaleden, BC Canada

A memorial service will be held Dec. 3/16 at Linden Gardens, 316 Linden Ave, Kaleden, BC at 11:00 AM followed by a celebration of life reception at Wild Goose Winery, 2145 Sun Valley Way, Okanagan Falls, BC. from 2 to 5 PM.

316 Linden Avenue
Kaleden, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
to the Adolf Kruger Bursary Fund for the Winery Assistant's Program at Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus

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