Horst Michael Semper
James A. McAlister Cremation
1620 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC
Horst Michael Semper Mt. Pleasant - Horst Michael Semper of Mt. Pleasant entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The relatives and friends of Horst Semper are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Christ Our King Catholic Church, 1149 Russell Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC, followed by a gathering and special tributes in Grace Hall. Online Condolences may be offered at www.CharlestonFunerals.com. Born in Lambach, Austria, he was the oldest son of the late Verena and Michael Semper. After growing up and working in his family's restaurant and hotel, his culinary career continued at the age of 19 on the maiden voyage of the SS Rotterdam. Horst was promoted several levels during his six years there. He then married his Dutch fiance; in 1965 and together they emigrated to New York City. Working for Brody Corporation and Restaurant Associates, Horst was known as an accomplished chef and in time transitioned into executive management. Restaurants like The Ground Floor, Gallager's 33, The Rainbow Room, Ma Bells and La Trattoria were just a few under his tutelage over the twelve year span. In 1977, Horst and his family moved to Hilton Head Island, SC. It was there that he opened The Gaslight Restaurant with good friend, Serge Prat and later The Oyster Bar. In 1982, he purchased the well known Mt. Pleasant landmark, The Trawler Seafood Restaurant. With 15 dining rooms and a seating capacity of 500, The Trawler was a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Tragically, a fire took down the original restaurant in 1989 and as rebuilding started, Hurricane Hugo devastated the rebuilt structure and delayed reopening further. Through all those challenges, Horst carried on and reopened the restaurant the following year. In 2004, he retired and sold the restaurant. Horst was a founding member of the Charleston Restaurant Association in 1982 and was active through 2013. He was instrumental in the creation of the very popular 'Taste of Charleston.' He received the 'South Carolina Restauranteur of the Year' in 1999 and was very involved in the Charleston chapter of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs. Cooking was his real passion, but sports was not far behind. He was an avid NY Yankees and Giants fan and he never wavered his loyalty. Tennis was very close to his heart and many years were spent at the US Open and on the tennis courts. To grow tennis locally, he proudly served as a sponsor for Charleston's Family Circle Cup from its inception. A lifelong Catholic, Horst was a member of Christ our King in Mt. Pleasant. After leaving home at 14 to start his dream as a chef, he never looked back. He was fearless. Failure was never an option and success was something he believed was possible for everyone. Above all, Horst was a family man. Time with his girls and family was cherished. Family gatherings with love, good food and wine defined his measure of success. He was a hero to so many and had a presence even with unspoken words. Fairness to others was a must and in his eyes your word was your bond. His standards were high but his heart soft. He will be so missed but his legacy of love and kindness will never be forgotten. We love you, Dad. He was preceded in death by his sister Eveline Semper and his grandson, Sean Michael Semper Orcutt. Surviving are his daughters, Jacqueline Semper Orcutt of Myrtle Beach, Monique Semper Flynn of Mt. Pleasant, and Ingrid Semper Ray and husband Greg, of Mt. Pleasant; his former wife Helena C. Ahlert and husband Carl, of Mt. Pleasant; his grandchildren Jackson, Ethan, Harrison, Sophia, Grace and Isabella; other survivors include his brother Dietmar Semper and wife Christa of Austria, daughter Karina Keywood and grandchildren Matthew and Charlotte of Great Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sean Michael Semper Orcutt Scholarship Fund, 820 Post Oak Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. Arrangements by James A. McAlister, (843) 766-1365. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2016.
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A good and friendly neighbor and always was recognized at The Trawler. Everytime I go by our pool in Hidden Lakes I think of him. He lived next door and many times would have his morning coffee out by the pool.
Sy Rosenthal
October 30, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Horst's death. We enjoyed our many visits to The Trawler through the years and the many lively conversations with him. What a loss for our community and to his family. The world was a little bit better with him in it.
Hoyt and Terri Mills
November 21, 2016
Ruhe in Frieden mein lieber Horst , mein herzliches Beileid an all Deine liebenden Hinterbliebenen , Friede und gute Erinnerungen sei mit Euch Allen Ewig.
November 15, 2016
Aufrichtige Anteilnahme und mit groer Wertschätzung dein Schulfreund Walter Hohmann
Walter Hohmann
November 11, 2016
Aufrichtiges Beileid in Verbundenheit !
Friedrich Ilk , ehemaliger Bürgermeister der Geburtsgemeinde Lambach
Friedrich Ilk
November 8, 2016
Herzliches Beileid wünscht Familie Semper
Dietmar + Christa Semper
November 8, 2016
What a great man to call on in Hilton Head and Charleston. He alway made you feel good and appreciated what you did for him. So sorry to hear of this loss to the family and this community. Prayers are with you.
Joe Spann
Joe Spann
November 7, 2016
So sorry. We have lost a nice Hidden Lakes neighbor, a friend and those wonderful greetings at The Trawler. Horst is not dead, he did not die--he is in the hearts and minds of those who loved him and those who were privileged to know him. G-d Bless You Horst.
Sy/Marlene Rosenthal
November 7, 2016
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family, very sorry for your loss.
Donna Thomas
November 7, 2016
Mein herzlichstes Beileid
Florian Leingartner
November 7, 2016
May God wrap his arms around you all
Leslie & Mary Law
November 6, 2016
My thoughts and prayers for the family these are trying times
Antonia Lissmann
November 6, 2016
Frank and I send out condolences to you and your family, your Dad was a great asset to the town, his knowledge and talent were above par. Take care of each other and keep the faith. hugs Monique, be well.
Roxanne & Frank Riccio
November 6, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Grace and Tommy
Grace Edwards
November 5, 2016
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