W. Dieter Tede
1933 - 2019
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W. Dieter Tede

April 20, 1933 - July 31, 2019

W. Dieter Tede passed away in his home in San Francisco after a brief illness. ≈
Dieter grew up in World War II Germany, surviving the air raids of Berlin, food rationing and separation from his parents and sisters. The family left all their possessions behind to seek refuge in West Berlin just as Dieter was completing his high-school education.
Seeking opportunities, at the age of 20 he sailed to Veracruz Mexico to begin work with his uncle from Guadalajara. Dieter fully immersed himself in a culture and language which helped to shape both his professional and personal successes. From Mexico he made his way to San Francisco and promptly fell in love with the City. Determined to make San Francisco his new home he found employment with a fledgling shipping company, Marine Chartering Company, which kept him busy for the next 40+ years of his life. He got great satisfaction developing a world-wide network of friends from Peru to Japan, to Cape Town and beyond, and being a global entrepreneur.
Shortly after his arrival in San Francisco he met the love of his life, Margery, a beautiful, vivacious opera singer from Montana. Dieters greatest joy was the life he and Margery created together. They married, had three children and shared a wonderful life filled with family, travel, their weekend retreat in Bolinas and their mutual love of music. After retiring as the president of Marine Chartering in 1998 Dieter went on to a second career as owner of the Hopper Creek winery in Yountville California.
Despite the rigors of running the winery, Dieter found time to be an active Director of the Independent Institute; he also spent many an afternoon and evening with family and friends at the St. Francis Yacht Club. He was a regular at the Presidio YMCA and a life member of the Dolphin Club.
He spent much of his life traveling to beautiful and exotic places but after every trip was fully content to return to the City by the Bay, watching the Golden Gate as ships sailed out and fog rolled in.
Dieter leaves behind family, friends and colleagues who will miss his many kindnesses, intelligence, insight and calm demeanor. He was a thoughtful and dutiful correspondent, appreciating the lasting value of a letter almost as much as the stamps that brought them to him.
He was a true gentleman who lived by the golden rule.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Margery Crockett Tede and his sister Ulla (Wertenbruch). He is survived by his sister Helga (Semmer) and his three children, their spouses and five grandsons. Kirsten Tede Ritchie (Steven Ritchie), William and Michael; Nikola Tede (Joseph Ferraro), Brian Ferraro; Karl Tede (Jeanine Steele Tede) Colin and Matthew.
His ashes will be laid to rest at the Bolinas Cemetery. A celebration of a life well lived is planned in October.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Bolinas museum or the Independent Institute would make a wonderful tribute.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2019.
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October 12, 2019
To Kirsten,Nikola,and KarlYour father was a friend of mine for over 20 years. I'm just a local gardenerAnd construction guy whom your father and Margerie befriended me over the years. I'm sorry for your loss, and wish I'd taken more time these last few years to chat with him. He had great stories to share with me, loved his heavy accent, enjoyed his wine :) ( he was very proud of it ). I feel blessed to have known him. I was told today of his passing, by a neighbor , and a service October 19 , I would hope you don't mind if I attend If it's a private thing, pls let me know. Mike Sullivan 415 577-3146
August 24, 2019
It was a privilege slightly to know for decades this kind, gracious, warm, astute, upbeat principal, then, president of the Marine Chartering Group. Well and ever remember the infectious spirit of Mr and Mrs Tede.
Chartering founder George C Kiskaddon had molded a small, tight, brilliant and accomplished team of feisty business partners. To act upon his enthusiasms for (sailing) education and (maritime) pollution clean-up, he formed the nonprofit Oceanic Society, whose staffer drew me in for consultative organizing.

Chartering, in its fabulous, 1970s, historic Haslett Warehouse, northwest corner offices, situated over Harry Dring's marine history workbenches, opposite its floating results (square-rigged Alaska [salmon] packer, Balclutha, and other vessels) at Aquatic Park, kitty-corner from the Hyde cable turntable's crowds, and all-hours waterfront nexus, Buena Vista Cafe, indeed, directly looking to the Pacific, Golden Gate, Mt Tam, was a quiet telex, digital threshold era's microcosm of a world I knew as a child--the Financial District's Wilbur-Ellis & Connell Bros where my mother worked, a whole floorfull's bullpen of four-carbons typing and document-traffic personnel supporting a periphery of trading partners and their profitable processing of data chattered out from the big mailroom's multiple overseas cable terminals.
Chartering with its small partnership team and three administrative aces was a rather more serene miniature of WilCon's international import-export, shipping and project, business intelligence hive--like Charles Koch's empire, like the CIA/omniscient data hooverers and analyzers mastering, competing in, excelling at global information, for the Group's advantage, productivity, success at commerce: George, Jacob, Dieter, 'Viki', Holger, Kyle, John...matching impatient cargoes to vessels and routings, edge and opportunity, port from port, sea to sea. Seen from San Francisco and other strategic, sentient harbors, an intercontinental dance, like the plastics, chemicals, radionucleides, sewerage and garbage washing downstream and by currents from our two-leggeds' consumption to every beach around the ocean river.

Because of his good-humored slight skepticism at what we fevered ocean conservationists were up to, a tiny wet version of the Sierra Club, cheered by riverkeepers and resource legalists, inspired by Joan McIntyre's pioneering whale-saving campaign, driven by Capt. Cousteau's televised passion, grandly idealistic like the Law of the Sea treaty, "Common Heritage" negotiations kedging forward at the UN, aspiring to the actually forceful, game-changing interventions of Greenpeace crews and corps, we Oceanic advocates, in our causateering corner of Chartering's, blue water (high seas) revenue, brain shop, truly valued Dieter's occasional look-ins, listening, appraisal, comment and especially his apparent approval.
The leader of us all, George, of course had bluster in his creative, incisive. aggressive mix. The partners were more judicious and careful as well as equally precise personalities. And reserved, too.
But at the office or in social or celebratory settings Dieter was the most expansive, questioning but encouraging, conservative but wholly informed, subtly enthusiastic, just plain warm generous bloke.
Tall, no-nonsense, centered in his zest with life, even at arm's length in the dynamic Marine Chartering quarters and flow of San Francisco days a pleasure, something of a paragon of intent and integrity, to be around and infused by.
Thank you, Dieter.
John C. Diamante
August 23, 2019
I always enjoyed talking to Dieter, Sending my most sincere condolences for your loss, and wishing that peace will come to you soon.
Bill Tacherra
Bill Tacherra
August 21, 2019
Dieter is an inspiration. He always greeted everyone with a smile and such kind eyes. He touched my heart and my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. Suzy Dito/Presidio YMCA
Suzy Dito
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