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Wolfgang Robert KOEP
1928 - 2020
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WOLFGANG ROBERT KOEP April 3, 1928 - November 15, 2020 With gratitude for his incredible life, Wolfgang's family shares the news of his peaceful passing at the age of 92. Beloved Bob, Uffi, Uppi will be remembered by his wife, Maria Schwill, and family in Canada and Europe for his immense love and dedication, humour, generosity, strength and spirit. Born in Wuppertal, Germany, Wolfgang emigrated to Canada as a textile engineer before becoming the first European sports writer for the Toronto Star, travelling the globe to cover the FIFA World Cup and Olympics as a journalist and co-author of books on those events. The go-to before Google, he was an avid traveler, soccer fanatic and news junkie. He had an amazing circle of loyal friends and could always be counted on to bring the beer. Prost, Uppi. You will be missed by so many. In keeping with his wishes, a funeral will not be held. Donations in his memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
Onkel Wolfgang ist eingeschlafen.
I still can’t believe that he is gone, he has been with us for such a long time.
I remember his yearly visits to our hometown Wuppertal.
We kids were always excited to see him and his newest items of technology like his watch- calculator combination in the early seventies,
he was always curious.
And he was cool!
When I visited Canada at the age of 18, there happened to be a concert of a famous Reggae star, which I had to see. It was supposed to end at 11 pm and uncle Bob promised to pick me up. Well, it started at 10:30 and ended at 1am. He still waited for me at the exit and said with a wide smile: good beat!
I really miss him.
Julia Koep
November 19, 2020
I met Bob a long, long time ago when we covered various sports events; Bob for the Toronto Star, while I filed to The Globe and Mail.
We would meet up regularly at horse shows, where Bob was a bit of an expert on all things equestrian, soccer, figure skating, even canoeing and kayaking.
We weren't rivals at all, just two people filing to different newspapers.
Bob was a very kind man and held in high esteem by the people involved in the sports he covered. I'm sure nobody ever made a negative comment about Bob.
Michael Cosgrove
November 19, 2020
He was a lovely man. Loved and adored all of you....very special. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Blessings to all of you, Kim and Hanson.
(Auntie) xoxoxo
Kim Lo
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