July 9, 1938 – Neuhaus an der Elbe, Germany
June 2, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Bernd, beloved husband of Sylvia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the age of 74 years.
Bernd grew up in former East Germany, which he left in 1957 to start a career as a brewer in West Germany. His work brought him to Switzerland in 1960, where he met Sylvia. He continued his education and became brewmaster in 1962. Sylvia and Bernd were married on May 22, 1963 and one week later, they embarked on a journey to West Africa, where Bernd had accepted a position as brewer at the Club Beer Brewery in Monrovia, Liberia. In 1971, their daughter Sandra was born and the family stayed in Monrovia until 1980, when civil war erupted and forced the family to leave. They moved back to Switzerland, where Bernd worked at Löwenbräu in Zürich. In late 1984, Bernd saw a job posting for a brewmaster in Calgary, AB and decided to apply. He got the job and the family moved to Canada in April 1985. This marked the beginning of Big Rock Brewery and a long and successful career as brewmaster. For most of his adult life, he was dealing with heart failure. He had valve replacement surgery in 2000 and received a pacemaker in 2001. In 2003, he retired from Big Rock and enjoyed the last ten years with Sylvia. During those years, he received great care from his cardiologist Dr. J. Peter Giannoccaro and nephrologist Dr. F. Sepandj. Bernd was known for his sense of humour and his positive attitude towards people and life. He loved Canada, his job and the friends he made over the years. Besides brewing beer, his main passion was his wife’s cooking and he always said “die Liebe geht durch den Magen”. In the end, heart failure and renal failure shortened his life.
Bernd is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Sylvia, his daughter Sandra and son-in-law Dave of Edmonton, AB; and his stepsister Helga Möller and her husband Jan of Germany.
A celebration of Bernd’s life will be held at Big Rock Brewery on Friday June 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, www.heartandstroke.ca. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Unit 81/82 at the Foothills Hospital and Sarcee Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
In living memory of Bernd Pieper, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences