Remembering Klaus Dieter Tenter

Take a moment today to remember Klaus Dieter Tenter (1943 to 2024), who passed away on May 11with his family by his side.

Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Klaus came to Canada to work at Montreal’s Expo 67 and decided to stay. Educated and experienced in hotel management, he began his career in Toronto at The King Edward and Sheraton Hotels, and quickly rose through the ranks.

In 1976, Klaus joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and was General Manager in Calgary, California, and Toronto (where he was affectionately known as ‘The Mayor of Yorkville’).

A man of real empathy and presence, Klaus was the epitome of a great hotelier, and a widely-respected colleague and mentor as well. Klaus lived his life with integrity and passion. Among his many interests were fine dining, listening to classical music, and collecting good wines. He and Liz travelled extensively.

After retirement, they spent most of their winters in Longboat Key, Florida. Klaus had a big, warm smile and mischievous sense of humour, and loved making people laugh with his stories and jokes. Loyal and kind-hearted, he stayed connected with a vast network of friends and colleagues. His open, generous, loving nature touched and enhanced many lives.

Klaus is survived by his wife of 30 years, Liz (Addison); children, Jason and Nicole; brother, Jochen; sister, Christel; brothers- and sister-in-law, Alfons, Keith and Sandy; and nephews, Thomas and Stephan. He was predeceased by his parents, Lore Lotte and Frederich Tenter; and his dog, Eloise.

A celebration of a well-lived life will take place on May 30, at 1:30 p.m., at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road, North York.

All who knew Klaus are welcome.