Lars K. Thomsen

July 23, 1944 - February 24, 2021
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Lars Krieger Thomsen passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, 24 February after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s.  He was 76.  He remained at home under the care of his wife, Susanne, until his last final hours.

Lars was born on 23 July 1944 in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Nazi-Germany occupation.  He lived in Copenhagen most of his young life, although he had a brief stay at Hoeveltegaard, in Birkeroed, north of Copenhagen while his father served as the commanding officer.

He met Susanne, as a teenager and they married early when he was 21.  Within the first year their first daughter Pernille was born.  He went to college for Marine Engineering and after finishing he got a job as a Junior Engineer onboard an East Asiatic Shipping Company ship sailing to exotic destinations including Thailand, Singapore and Mao Zedong’s China during the Cultural Revolution 1967.  Upon his return he was drafted into the navy. He became a lieutenant and was ordered to sail on the submarine Narhvalen (Narwhale).

When he finished his service in 1972 Lars landed a job at B&W, a large Danish ship-and diesel engine builder. The company was later bought by the German Company MAN.  He also became a father to his second daughter, Christine.

Lars worked his way from an engineer to a sales manager and a promotion which brought him and the family to New York in 1976, where he eventually became head of sales for North America.  B&W had now become MAN B&W Diesel.  His office in Manhattan had the most incredible view of the New York City harbor and the Statue of Liberty.  He always claimed to sell nuts and bolts but what he didn’t tell his small daughters what that those nuts and bolts were the size of houses and weighed more than large trucks.

Lars’s biggest loves were his family and the ocean, and his hobbies reflected this. He was an avid sailor both in Denmark and in New York and for most of his life his spare time was spent sailing or in the company of sailing friends.  He maintained memberships at Hellerup Sailing Club, KDY (Royal Danish Yacht Club) and Port Washington Yacht Club.  In addition, he had a number of sailboats – the last being Haramia on which he spent countless weekends and summer vacations.

Lars was also a knowledgeable historian like his father and siblings and an avid collector of military memorability.  He was a keen skeet shooter. He remained a loyal and lifelong friend to many – his and Sussi’s home in New York being the go-to stop for countless Danes visiting New York over the 40 years that they lived there.  He was also a beloved ‘Morfar’ to his 3 grandchildren.  He was preceded by his parents and brother Nis, and is survived by his wife Sussi, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and his sister, Eva K. Henriksen.

His longtime wish to donate his brain to Parkinson’s research at NY Columbia University has been honored and in lieu of flowers the family would appreciate direct donations to: Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s: www.neurochallenge.org.

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Born: July 23, 1944
 
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Died: February 24, 2021

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Corinne Vickey posted on 5/10/21

Dear Suzanne and Family, Please accept our family's heartfelt condolences over the passing of Lars. It is touching to see your recall of some of the lovely memories you shared with Lars. We hope you continue to find solace in your memories as well as the ongoing outreach and comfort from friends and family. Affectionately, Corinne Vickey (Norman)

 

Susanne Thomsen posted on 3/26/21

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Jack & Ellen Goode posted on 3/9/21

Our simpathy and condolences for Sussi, Pernille and family and Chrissy our prayers are with you all. Lars hired me to assist him with spare parts sales for MAN B&W North America Inc in August 1995. Lars was my mentor and dear friend ever since. I will miss his history stories and humor. Lars and Sussi attended the weddings of our children and we always enjoyed their company. RIP our dear friend.

 

Jesper Th. Petersen posted on 3/7/21

I have known Lars as a colleague since 1984, when I joined the company, in which he had already been working for many years. Lars had a great personality, always willing to help anyone, always very knowledgeable engaged and about/in his work and his customers, and not least, a really great human being as well. I have traveled with him here in the US, while I was still working in CPH, he was kind of semi-retired when I arrived in Seattle to work here in August 2008, and it was great to see him work with the customers, taking in the serious part of the work and nicely let go of the not so nice stuff, which some people would try to lay on him and the company we both worked for. Once the work was done, and it was time to relax, we had some great dinners, with plenty of jokes and good stories, for which Lars was always ready. He will be missed, but I also know that he is now in a better place. My condolences goes to Susanne, Pernille and Chrissy, and everyone else in Lars’ family ❤️ Jesper - fellow Marine Engineer, colleague and not least, friend,

 

Caroline Gamst posted on 3/7/21

RIP, sending all our love to Sussi, Pernille and Christine from Peter and Caroline

 

Eva Krieger Henriksen posted on 3/6/21

Far vel, Lars. Eva.

 

Eva Krieger Henriksen posted on 3/5/21

With love from Eva.

 

Lori and Bernie Cushman posted on 3/1/21

We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Sending love, strength and prayers for this most difficult time. Bernie and Lori Dodge-Cushman

 

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