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David Redekop (1929-2017)

David Redekop; horticulturist, businessman, churchman, and mentor; born 2 July 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to William W. Redekop (29 May 1906, Kronsthal, Chortitza Mennonite Settlement, South Russia – 30 October 1961, Abbotsford, British Columbia [BC], Canada) and Mary (Dyck) Redekop (29 March 1906, Wohldemfuerst, Kuban, Russia – 19 November 1988, Abbotsford, BC). David was the oldest of seven children. In 1952, David married Leonora Dahl, daughter of Jakob Dahl (1909-1972) and Elizabeth (Giesbrecht) Dahl (1911-1987). They had two children: Marilyn and Lorne. David died 14 November 2017 in Abbotsford, BC, and was buried in Yarrow, BC.

Dave grew up in Greendale, where he began his career in the horticulture industry in 1944, working for Henry Eddi, a pioneer in the BC nursery industry. The Redekop family moved to Aldergrove when he was seventeen. Following marriage, Dave and Lenora purchased five acres and started what was to become Aldergrove Nursery. Initially, David sold fruit trees door-to-door, supplementing family income with seasonal construction work.

Over time, Dave and Lenora specialized in growing roses. Eventually, Aldergrove Nursery grew over 150,000 roses annually and featured hundreds of varieties, successfully supplying the wholesale market in Western Canada.

Dave was generous with his time and expertise, openly sharing his knowledge and skills with others in the industry. Many learned the skills they needed to know from Dave Redekop, and on that basis started their own business.

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