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Joachim "Big John" Haedrich

January 3, 1929 - January 26, 2023

Big John Haedrich and Tip Top Meats European Eatery has been synonymous with The Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad’s Annual Oktoberfest for the better part of two decades.  His special-recipe Oktoberfest authentic German bratwurst and Polish sausage, German potato salad and sauerkraut-plated dinners have been a highlight of this special family event for many years. 

Not only has Big John supported Rotary’s Oktoberfest, he was always there to provide meals and financial support for many other Rotary projects.


Big John had a passion for helping young people through many generous contributions to the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, St. Patrick’s Catholic School, and Tri-City Christian School.  He was an active participant and supporter of the youth-focused Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the 4H organizations.

For many years, Big John served on the Board of Directors of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation Board at Tri-City Medical Center.  


On January 26, 2023, Big John passed away.  As we think of the civic and philanthropic impact John’s generosity has had on this community, the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Carlsbad will always remember his big smile and his bigger heart for what he did to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and visit here. 

Photos of Big John at his 80th Birthday.

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