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Beloved baker passes

One of West Kelowna's most beloved residents has died.

Baker Peter Klein, whose cakes celebrated many an occasion throughout the Okanagan, died in his sleep recently at Kelowna General Hospital. He was 84.

He was born Horst Klein in Rotterdam, Holland, on Sept. 29, 1934. At the conclusion of the Second World War, he pursued a career as a master pastry chef. He eventually married Christa and, with their two daughters in tow, emigrated to Canada, settling first on Vancouver Island.

It was there he took the name Peter.

After stops in Kamloops and Kelowna, the Kleins settled in West Kelowna, where he opened Peter Klein Fine Cakes and Pastry.

Over the years, Peter produced cakes for Canada Day at Westside Daze and a cake commemorating the opening of the William R. Bennett Bridge in May 2008.

In 2011, he retired after developing COPD. That year, he was named grand marshal of the Westside Daze parade, and a year later, was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

Klein is survived by his wife, Christa, younger brother, Helmut, three children, Daniella, Dagmar and Christopher, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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