Adolfs Kristapsons

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  • - Judy and Ches Kavaliauskas
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ADOLFS KRISTAPSONS Died on April 22, 2010 in his 101st year at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Born October 27, 1908, Ugale, Latvia. Predeceased by his loving first wife Zelma (nee Cinovskis) and five brothers and four sisters. Adolfs is survived by his daughter Vita Churchill (John) and grandchildren Wesley (Karen) and Spencer (Cindy), great-grandchildren Grace and Adam and niece Vizma McGrath (nee Cinovskis) (Don) and grand-niece Tina England (Wayne). Adolfs was the second youngest of Anna and Fricis. He grew up on the vast estate of a baron where his father was employed as a cabinet maker. He adored the estate with its orchards and gardens, and it was here that he developed a lifelong love of nature. As a child, Adolfs had an independent and spunky spirit. He liked to recount the story of when he ran away, refusing to kiss the baroness' hand as was the custom in those days. Since his parents couldn't provide for extended schooling, Adolfs left school early and chose to be a butcher, graduating in 1930 from his apprenticeship. In 1937 he married Zelma, who proved to be an invaluable partner in their future challenges. In 1944 when the Soviets invaded Latvia, the family fled to Sweden. Adolfs' burning ambition was to open his own business, but could not in Sweden. So, in 1950, the family immigrated to Canada. In 1953, just three years after coming to Toronto, with sheer determination, Adolfs' dream was realized when Kristapsons' Meat and Sausage Factory was opened on 1095 Queen St. East. Zelma worked shoulder to shoulder with him growing the family business. Adolfs was a born entrepreneur, a perfectionist, and a master at his craft, with uncompromising standards of excellence. With his unique recipes and original cold-smoking method, his delectable deli meats and smoked salmon were in tremendous demand. The business thrived and expanded, making a name for itself serving the best hotels, restaurants and private clubs. To his everlasting pride, his legacy and the name 'Kristapsons' smoked salmon continues to this day. During these years he tirelessly gave of his time, helping to establish and generously supporting various Latvian institutions in Toronto. He was a founding member of the Toronto Latvian Credit Union, (working well into his nineties as its Loan Director) the Toronto Latvian House and the Latvian Anglers and Hunting Club. He was a lifetime member of the Latvian National Association in Canada and on the board of the Latvian Businessmen's Association in Canada. He was the proud recipient of many Awards of Merit from these institutions. He was a passionate sportsman, winning 1st place medals at fishing derbies and skeet shooting competitions. Stories of his hunting adventures are legendary to friends and family. He delighted in playing poker with the boys and was a formidable opponent. The business was sold in 1964. He and Zelma now finally had some leisure time to relax and travel. Adolfs was devasted in 1973 when Zelma succumbed to cancer. Subsequently, Adolfs was married to Emily Dumpe from 1979 to 2007. The word 'retirement' was not in Adolfs' vocabulary. He cherished his days at his beloved home on Lake Simcoe. In his 70's, he planted an apple orchard and cultivated his large vegetable garden. He smoked delicious treats in a small smokehouse by the lake. His family will forever remember these special family meals. He savoured his drink of choice, cognac. He was a generous benefactor to his Latvian community, and gave generously to his family and friends. He was a role model for his grandchildren, stressing the importance of education and doing your very best. He lived to see his grandsons achieve that and was extremely proud of them. He expressed continuing amazement at being able to reach the age of 101, outliving all of his siblings. His family and friends will sadly miss his indomitable spirit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kristus Darzs Latvian Home. The family wishes to give thanks to the staff at York Central Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Kristus Darzs Latvian Home for their considerate care. Family and friends will be received for visitation on April 28 from 10:00 a.m., with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., with interment, followed by reception at the YORK VISITATION CHAPEL AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 160 Beecroft Rd. (north of Sheppard Ave., 1 block west of Yonge St.), Toronto 416-221-3404.

Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 26, 2010