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Remembering our Friend, Vagn

Last weekend there was a memorial service for Vagn Forrisdahl. Vagn was one of the first employees of NPE and the first full-time sales person. He was only 62 when he died on April 25 from cancer, made doubly cruel as it seemed he would beat it.

We all considered Vagn a great friend, but that does not adequately capture the energy, the humanity and the amusement he brought to everything he did, including his time at NPE.

So it was fitting that he requested not a funeral but a party. It was lovely afternoon in a park by his home and the drinking and dancing  lasted far into the evening. Greg West, Mary Webb and I attended from the company. We have known his wife Melody for years but we were able to meet his sons, grandchildren, mother, brother, extended family and friends. We all had Vagn stories to tell but the number and variety of them were a testament to the way he filled up his life.  I am not embarrassed to say that we had a tremendous time. They honored him perfectly by creating a setting with friends and family that he would appreciate completely.

Our friend Vagn

Vagn and Melody

There’s a quote attributed to Mark Twain that goes something like – Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth – that I think sums up the evening and Vagn as well. We will miss him.