Tage Thomsen

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  • "He was my loving and caring Uncle, we will miss him. You..."
    - Janne Lund Bech
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Mar 13, 1924 - Nov 14, 2012

Tage left this world peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital, in the company of family members. He is survived by brothers Borge & Preben and sisters Doris & Lilian, all in Denmark; former wife Rita (Carnes); sons Ole, Lars & Pete; daughters-in-law Louise, Ruby & Carolyn; grandchildren Darren, Darcy, Cody, Jessica & Jason; great granddaughter Avery. He was predeceased by his father Ole & mother Valborg.

Tage was born in Vrejlev, Denmark. After being raised on a farming co-op, he began a successful career at sea at 15 years old. Tage advanced to the rank of 1st mate, taught navigation school, was in harbour police and was short-listed to become harbour master of Copenhagen. He was involved in WW2 in the merchant marines, was sunk twice, saved lives of crew members and helped smuggle Jewish citizens to safety in Sweden.

Upon emigrating to Canada in 1957, Tage began a new life settling his family in Sault Ste Marie ON. Canadian policy changes ended his sailing career whereupon he began to 'sail' on land, until finally retiring at 72.

Tage moved to Victoria BC in 2002, to be closer to his sons & their families. A more loving, supportive & devoted father, there were none. His time was spent as a painter, an avid crossword master & anchor to his family.

Tage's wishes were to be cremated and returned to the sea. At his request, no funeral nor wake shall be had, but a small gathering in its place. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tage's name to World Vision would be most welcome.

"We will always miss you, Papa...but feel blessed to have had you so long in our lives. Fair winds..."

Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Nov. 30, 2012