BJORN LARSEN
1950 - 2020
BORN
1950
DIED
2020
LARSEN, BJORN It is with great heartbreak that the family of Bjorn Larsen announces his passing on August 3, 2020, in Toronto at the age of 70. Bjorn was born in 1950, in Sandnes, Norway. He graduated top of his class in Computer Science at Hatfield Polytechnic, then immigrated to Canada where he started multiple successful software businesses. His great passions in life were spending time with family, flying his plane, playing guitar, supporting entrepreneurs and advocating for freedom of speech. His raw determination, strength of character and ability to make an impact wherever he went will always be remembered. Bjorn's memory will remain cherished by his children, Sarah (Steve) and Sean; his grandson, Robbie; and his siblings, Torstein (Chanita), Ingunn (Morten) and Bente (Hans Erik). Bjorn was predeceased by his mother, Kirsten, and his father, Harbo. A Celebration of Life will be held for Bjorn in the coming months.
Published by Toronto Star on Aug. 9, 2020.
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Jennifer Behm
January 12, 2021
Ruth Fornell
August 26, 2020
I, as well as many at M&T Bank, met Bjorn several years ago. We've worked with him and the incredible team he assembled at LEAN Industries. The news came as an incredible shock and we are all deeply sad to lose such a great individual. While I had the pleasure to work with Bjorn, it was the friendship that developed and I will miss.

My condolences to Bjorn's entire family and all of those who are part of his extended family. I, as many, will miss never getting to talk with him and exchanging stories. He always made me laugh and I'll never forget him. Fly high my good friend!
AL BROADBENT
Friend
August 24, 2020
For years Bjorn and I were close friends. I visited him a few times in America and we spent time together in Copenhagen and other European cities. Always trying to further the cause of free speech and the battle against Islamization. Bjorn was a man like no-one else I have met, bright, generous, courageous, dedicated and warm-hearted. I shall sorely miss him. Rest in peace, my friend.
Lars Hedegaard
Friend
August 24, 2020
Very sad news. I had the privilege of spending time with Bjorn and will remember him as a wise and brave man with a wonderful, mischievous sense of humour. I will miss him greatly, as will Western civilisation which Bjorn so energetically fought to preserve. The one thing I won't miss is being dangerously high in the sky in a very small aeroplane, in the dark, with ice forming on the wings and an insanely nonchalant pilot asking me to find the nearest airport on a large multi-folded map written in what appeared to be a foreign language! R.I.P. Bjorn, a truly great man.
Paul Weston
Friend
August 23, 2020
May Your engagement for freedom remembered forever!
Rest in peace, Bjorn!
Conny Axel Meier
Acquaintance
August 23, 2020
Rest in peace my dear friend.
Your name was Generosity.
Paul Belien
Friend
August 22, 2020
I cannot believe Bjorn has gone! He was a dear friend, always with a twinkle in his eye and a gritty determination to defend liberty and free speech. I am greatly saddened by his passing and will miss him.

My heartfelt condolences to the Larsen family.
Ann Marchini
Friend
August 21, 2020
What a shock. I knew Bjorn from our days fighting for free speech in Canada and around the world. A true warrior. He'll be missed.
Kathy Shaidle
Acquaintance
August 20, 2020
Dear Sarah & Sean,

My sincere condolences. Your father's spirit will be with you, be strong and remember the good times you had with him and the things he taught you over the years.

Bjorn was a great friend and a loving father. I have known him since 1976, when we were all young and free spirited, listening to rock music and driving our Pontiac Firebirds. He was always fun to be with and has a way to bring laughter to people around him. I will cherish those memories dearly.

Yes, House of The Rising Sun is a great song, timeless. One of my favourites growing up. I can picture Bjorn playing the guitar to that music.

Bjorn, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

Justina Bird



Sarah & Sean,

My condolences to you both.

Bjorn was like an uncle to my brother Dan and I. When we were younger, we used to wait by the window when he would come over for dinner and got super excited when we saw his car pull up. He was funny and great with us kids. When he flew us to Philadelphia for a day on his plane, I remember it being so cool to be able to fly in a plane like that.

I consider myself so lucky to have had someone like him affect my life in such a positive way. I will forever cherish the memories I had with him; they were always great times.

I will miss you Uncle Bjorn.

Rachel Bird



Sarah and Sean,

My deepest condolences. Your Father Bjorn was a great man and loved you both very much.

I remember all the great times we had together over the many thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when we would get together for dinner and share in some love and laughter.

Bjorn was like an uncle for my sister Rachel and I. He always had a way to brighten our day and have a good time. His laugh and smile were contagious and I will keep those memories with me forever.

One of my fondest memories of Bjorn was when he flew my family to Philadelphia for the day in his personal 6-seater plane! I got to sit upfront at one point which gave Bjorn a great opportunity to show me a few things and crack some jokes as he was always out for a laugh.

Thank you, Bjorn, for that experience and all the loving memories over the years.

May you rest in peace in the clouds where you can fly free.

You will be missed Uncle Bjorn.

Dan Bird


Justina Bird
Friend
August 20, 2020
Bjorn, how can you be gone? This is the saddest news. You were always good to me. I remember those times I spent in your house in Toronto.

Sarah and Sean, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ned May
Friend
August 20, 2020
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Bjorn's passing.
James Cohen
Friend
August 20, 2020
I am devastated to hear this sad news and will treasure my memories of Bjorn's friendship and dedication to free speech and liberty. My deepest condolences to the Larsen family.
Diana West
Friend
August 20, 2020
Our condolences to the family of the late Bjorn Larsen, Norwegian by birth, Canadian by citizenship and software system entrepreneur of repute. He was a colleague in the fight for freedom of speech and vigorous opponent of Islamist supremacist doctrine and sharia law. He was the leader in the cause of promoting the European proponents of freedom, liberty and free speech that we cherish under the !st Amendment of the US Constitution. Notable among those we worked to defend were Danish publisher Lars Hedegaard and editorial cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and founder and head of the Dutch Freedom Party, Geert Wilders. We convened for these activities in New York, Nashville, Pensacola and New Orleans.

His warmth, generosity and free spirit was exemplified by his avid avocation, flying. One vivid memory was his test flight of a light aircraft he was contemplating buying from Orlando, Florida to Pensacola for a luncheon with Jean and Me.

May his memory be a guidepost for his loved ones, family and friends.
Jerome Gordon
Friend
August 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Richard Van Seters
Friend
August 20, 2020
Gentian Licenji
August 19, 2020
Our family is so sorry to hear of Bjorn’s passing. So thankful to have known him, only sorry we didn’t see him more. I was honored to meet him through TN Senator Bill Ketron and Geert Wilders, and have him as my guest at 2016 RNCinCLE to nominate Donald J Trump. Blessings to you.
JoAnne T. Skidmore-Luckhart
Acquaintance
August 18, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the recent passing of Bjorn. Sarah, Sean and the extended Larsen family, I am really sorry about your loss.

Bjorn was one of the smartest, most interesting, humble, trusting and genuine guys I’ve ever known (there aren’t enough positive words to describe him). If you had told me months before joining Lean that I’d be flying around North America in a small plane at a moment’s notice with a Norwegian man, I would’ve laughed my head off. Bjorn truly cared about everyone he met and made full effort to get to know each individual. Although he was my direct boss and mentor for some time, he became a close friend to me and taught me so much. His level of enthusiasm and energy never ceased to amaze me.

I was very lucky to know Bjorn closely over the past 5 years and spent a lot of time learning from him directly. My grandfather once told me “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Bjorn really showed this to me with how much passion he put forward everyday at Lean and outside of it.

A true inspiration to all, he left a very large and positive impact on many lives, including my own. I will always remember him.
Chris Sloan
Friend
August 14, 2020
Bjorn was a dear friend. A gentleman, thoughtful and kind always. 20 years of professional and personal relationship. He loved our nations military veterans. He supported Defenders of Freedom, post 9/11 combat wounded and injured with passion. This pic was taken May of 2019 at the 14th Annual Golf Event at The Colony, TX, Tribute Golf Links. He made a difference for many wounded troops. We both loved to fly and chatted on it often, we both laughed each time we chatted, he helped me in business many times, he helped me to see not everything is so serious... I’ll miss Bjorn a great deal- one of the funny things I recall him saying and it stuck with me, as it covers so many facets of life if you think about it, not just aviation- “Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight”.. be well my friend/RIP.. CAVU, we’ve got the stick now..
JP Law
Friend
August 13, 2020
Dear Sarah and Sean
Our prayers are with you and your family.

I had the pleasure to meet Bjorn three years ago when I started working at lean, in such a short period of time I realized that your Dad was an amazing human been, always caring for others and always with a positive attitude. I will forever be thankful to him because when he hired me at Lean he gave me a new family, our Lean Family. Your Dad will be missed by all of us and we will forever remember and honour Bjorn. He changed my life and I will forever be thankful to God for crossing path with Bjorn in this life.
May he rest in peace

Sincerely,

The Pelaez Family

Corina Pelaez
Coworker
August 13, 2020
Corina L Pelaez
August 13, 2020
James Law
August 13, 2020
I knew Bjorn through his LEAN company but soon after meeting him I considered him more of a friend. He was honest, caring and as down to earth as anyone I know. He would always ask about how I was doing and if I needed anything before we started talking shop. He was a great man, a friend and will be missed by all who had the honor on knowing him. God Bless you my friend.
Jim Criniti
Friend
August 13, 2020
Serena Ghielmetti
August 12, 2020
Sarah, Sean, and Robbie, you were the light of his life! Bjorn was one of the best human beings I have ever met. He made everyone feel like family. He loved his plane and I was blessed to have been a passenger on an awesome night tour of New Orleans. Words cannot express the immense loss of such a great man. I hope you know he was deeply loved by many people. May God give you comfort.
Mary Anne Bukowski
Friend
August 11, 2020
Dear Sarah and Sean.
I am so sorry for your loss of your dear dad and my big brother.
Bjrn was a very kind and good brother for me who I all my life looked up to.
Because of him I had my first trip to another country, visiting him at the university outside London when I was 16 years old. After been there some days we drove from London to France and through Europe to Tvedestrand.
Because of him I had my first trip to Canada when I was 20. Also a wonderful trip.
Because of him we went the hole family with our siblings with children and our parents to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to spend the Christmas and New Year in 1999/2000.
Bjrn was a busy man but always found time to call me or my parents to have a talk. He always started the call with how are you.
When our mother or father became ill he took the first plane home where ever in the world he was.
You will never be forgotten my dear Bjrn.
On behalf of my self and my children I will only say we loved you and Rest in Peace.
Your brother Torstein
Torstein Larsen
Brother
August 11, 2020
Sarah and Sean,
I am so grateful to meet Bjorn at Lean. I found him very humble with a great heart. I was born and brought up in small town in Kathmandu, Nepal. I used to talk about my country and the Himalayas with him, he had so much passion to learn and listen to everyone. He is dear to me and my family back home. My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Hes loved by all of us dearly.
Jamuna Adhikari
Coworker
August 10, 2020
Sarah and Sean - I am without words.

Your father, my friend, was this larger-than-life presence in my life. I am so fortunate to have spent many hours collectively with him over the last eight years, traversing both land and sky - and more recently sea. He was the captain of his own ship on an adventure that I can only describe as relentlessly seeking the truth. Over the many hours we spent on this adventure, he taught me a great many things about life and living, and especially about myself. There are a great many people in this world who do not have someone to call a friend - a real, honest, true friend. But, I was the lucky one. I was so fortunate. I had a friend. His name was Bjorn.

My life will not ever be the same without him here in this world. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I share in your immense grief and heartbreak. And I hope that the good and strong memories of your father will sustain you through the difficult times in life.

All of my deepest sympathies,

Jim
Jim Schlegel
Friend
August 10, 2020
Sarah/Sean, although I've only known Bjorn for a short period of time, his presence has had a profoundly positive impact on my life. His charisma, charm, bravery, sense of humor, intelligence, easy going nature, and his ways of getting into occasional light hearted mischief has always made myself feel very lucky to be around a man of such quality.

Myself, along with many others, have had heavy hearts since we heard the news of his passing. I may be his employee, but I've always considered him my friend. He will be missed dearly. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Sami El-Masri
Coworker
August 10, 2020
Dear Sarah; Bjrn was truly a generous, warm and special person.
You say it all❤
I share a picture from celebrating 1. July 1980; one day in our life and from a few and unforgettable years when Kristine and I lived in Canada with your father in Toronto and Mt.Albert.
Good memories

We send you and your family love and wish for strength through the rough waters. We are happy to be alive and to be able to carry on listening to music, reading books and fullfilling our dreams.
the wind, the ship and the music will carry us home

RIP Bjrn

Kristine og Elisabet
elisabet christiansen
Friend
August 9, 2020
Bjrn, you were the oldest of us cousins and the one who taught me my first chords on guitar. And the first song to be rehearsed was the classic "The house of the rising sun" by The Animals. The interest and joy of music persisted in both of us, I understand. We here in Sandnes, are left with good memories of a great and kind cousin who traveled the world at an early age.
Sven glænd
Family
August 9, 2020
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