DSC In Memoriam


It is with great sadness that I am writing to you to inform you that long-time member, and former Board Member, Peter Caroe has passed. He had been visiting his daughter Pia, for the Mother’s Day weekend. After a stroke Saturday the 13th of May; he was hospitalized. His children, Pia and Per, their spouses, children and cousins sat with him over the next few days till he passed on 17th May 2017.  


Peter was a fixture in the Danish and Scandinavian communities for decades as the proprietor of the Nordic House; which his daughter Pia now owns and runs. Peter liked to joke that he was part of almost all the Scandinavian Clubs and Societies in the Greater Bay Area; sitting on most of their Boards at one time or another. Peter was also on the Board and Auxiliary for Aldersly, where he lived his final years.


Peter is survived by his children Per and Pia, their spouses Denise and Arve; and his six grandchildren – Thor Erik Caroe, Henrik Peter Caroe, Kai Friðik Caroe, Kristian Caroe Klausen, Courtney Caroe Klausen and Tyler Caroe Klausen.

His passing is a great loss, not only to his family, but also to the greater Danish and Scandinavian Communities, he so enjoyed here in the SF Bay Area. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.


Richard S. Kure former Board member and member since 2005 passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017 in Petaluma, CA at the age of 88. He attended Ross Grammar School, Tamalpais High School (’47) and UC Berkeley (’56). He served his country during the Korean War as a Naval Aviator; retiring as Lieutenant Commander. He is survived by his son Peter Kure (Larisa) of San Francisco, CA, daughter Nicole Kure-Hill (David) of Novato, CA, and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Depot Hotel Restaurant in Sonoma, CA on June 8, 2017 from 12PM to 3PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to St Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County. “Four years flying the unfriendly skies of the Western Pacific.”
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 14, 2017

Thomas Cagwin Member since August 1987 passed away May 12 2017















  Thomas deVeuve Cagwin 

February 22nd, 1933 to May 12th, 2017

With bravery, Tom Cagwin left our world.
He was not ready, always being positive and fearless of what lay ahead.
His family held his strong hands as he left the world he loved, and cried for him.

He was an irreplaceable life force who was loved and admired by so many here and around the world. Tom passed away in Friday Harbor, enjoying the mountains he could no longer climb, amongst the conifers, wildflowers and alpen glow he could experience every day.

Tom was born in San Francisco on February 22, 1933. He came from pioneer families on both sides in search of adventure and fortune and independence, many of the traits he was known for as he grew into a successful, self made man.

Tom spent his younger years in Larkspur in the cottage his grandfather had built in the 1800’s later moving to San Rafael with his family. During his high school years, he was student body president, Eagle Scout, varsity swimmer, and became an avid backpacker in the Sierras. After marrying Nancie Alden in 1954, Tom built his first home in San Anselmo, where the couple raised their two children. He later settled in Mill Valley until his retirement.

Tom became interested in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Contracting while in college working for a local nursery. After completing studies at Cal Poly, he started his own company in 1955. He brought in a business partner early on, and Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors was born. His first employees were friends and Danes and as the company grew, so did the name. Tom was charming, talented, and hard working. For over 40 years, Tom presided over his company with fairness, skill and competence. Tom retired in the mid 90s. The company now boasts close to 650 employees with 15 satellite offices and is one of the largest and most successful landscape contracting companies in Northern California.

Tom loved the great outdoors, the wild places. He was very proud of his great uncle, Hamden Eldorado Cagwin, Hermit of Echo Lake. A small lake in the Sierras bears his name. Throughout his life, Tom backpacked throughout the Sierras and climbed as many mountains as he could in California, Oregon and Washington, including the South Summit of Mt. McKinley in 1969. No one could carry a pack, walk as fast, set up camp, light a fire or have fun like Tom.

Tom had a wonderful sense of style and history, a love of finishing antiques to their former beauty, an ability to create a beautiful home and garden, and was always the ultimate host. Dixieland jazz or classical music filled his home.

Tom was well traveled developing lasting friendships worldwide. He especially enjoyed small island life, being a resident of Haleiwa, HI for 30 years, of Piha, NZ for 12 years and of Friday Harbor, WA for 23 years.

Tom is survived by his son, Jonathan Cagwin of San Anselmo, his daughter Lori Cagwin and grandson Shaun Leavy of Yountville, in addition to nieces & nephews Tom Cook, Terry Bickmore, Cristy Grawcock and their children. He is also survived by cousins George Cagwin, Cindy Barbera, Barbara Phillips, D’Arcy Dettner, Dave Zec, Dick Costa and their families.

Family and close friends are invited to celebrate Tom’s remarkable life at the small church his grandparents founded in 1901. The service will begin at 1 PM on June 16th, 2017 at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 2 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, California with reception immediately following. Tom will be buried at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, with his father and grandparents.

While this obituary was written, the skies opened up, the thunder roared and lightning flashed and he was with us again, exciting and alive.