August 19, 1932 – February 24, 2017
Daddy, Dad, Pops, Opa, Schatz, Wolf was a principled, down to earth man of great integrity who will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. A mentor to many, his impact on all those who knew him professionally and personally is profound, but his belief and passion for living a pragmatic life requires us to carry on (and maybe raise a glass or two in his honour from time-to-time!). Wolfgang Paul Riedel was born in his grandparents’ home in Leipzig, Germany – the first of three siblings. Spending his childhood in pre-World War II Germany and his early adult years in post war Germany in Wiesbaden. At the age of 22, he immigrated to Canada arriving at Pier 21 in May 1955. Wolf passed away peacefully at the Trillium Hospice in Parksville holding the hand of his loving wife, Ursula Riedel, of 53 years. Through and through, Wolf was a family man who dearly loved his wife, his two daughters Marian and Karen, along with his sons-in-law Ian and Chris and his grandchildren Amalia, Hannah, Ryan and Kyle. Wolf is predeceased by his sister Rosemarie, brother-in-law Peter Blackwood and survived by his brother Eberhard and wife Elfriede of Hochstädten, Germany and his nephews Clayton, Andrew and partner Ania, and his great-niece Clara. Wolf built a professional life for himself in Toronto as a Dental Technician, starting “on the bench” at Shaw Laboratories. Throughout his career, Wolf was passionate about the governance and education of dental technicians, lecturing at George Brown College and was appointed by the Ontario Government to serve on the Governing Board of Dental Technicians, becoming an Inaugural Inductee into the Dental Technicians Hall of Fame. In the latter part of his career, Wolf was a successful dental consultant through his company, Riedent Services, where he was in demand for his professionalism, knowledge, expertise and business acumen. Wolf had a love affair with history books and was well known for his love of nature and passion for hunting. Wolf also had a love for good food, wine and schnapps, being an active member of the Nanaimo Bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Wolf’s retirement in Nanoose Bay was spent with Ursula in their house by the sea watching the wildlife, travelling and spending time with friends old and new. He was passionate about his model railway where he spent many years building, “playing” and exchanging ideas with the Mid-Island Railroad Club. Wolf spent his final years passionately writing his life story A Window into the Past. The family would like to thank Dr. Maccari and staff for their continuous support, and the Hospice staff for making his final days and journey so comfortable. There will be a funeral service for Wolf on Friday March 3, 2017 at Yates Memorial Services in Parksville from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Flowers can be sent or a donation to the Vancouver Island Symphony or the Oceanside Hospice Society is appreciated in lieu of flowers.