On May 15th, 2018, Bjarne Kjersner lost a brief, yet fiercely brave battle against cancer at age 48, leaving only his wife Eig and no children.
The funeral ceremony will take place on the 24th of May in Grøndalskirken, Vanløse at 1 p.m. All friends of Bjarne Kjersner are invited to join in commemoration. On the same day, there will be a memorial gathering at Admiral’s Pub, Sukhumvit soi 24, Bangkok at 5.30pm.
Bjarne was a kind and generous man, loved by many and known to all. Within the Scandinavian community of Bangkok, he was a pillar which one could lean on; a positive spirit sure to set a smile on the faces of everyone around him.
In his time as a Physical Education instructor at the American School of Bangkok, he was adored by his students. As his good friend Dennis Christensen puts it, “He had excellent contact with his students, always doing his utmost to give them the support they needed to flourish.”
Bjarne was also a prolific and active member of the Bangkok golf community, having earned two championship titles, and offering private golf lessons to his students after school.
He had a passion for golf, and he used his passion as a force of good to bring himself and the people around him closer together. Everyone who knew Bjarne knew his infatuation with the sport, and it carried him from teaching onto new journeys, including private business Scangolf Holidays, and managing Golf & Events at Prothalai Golf Park.
Bjarne had just started a job at Danish Loft Design as the Director of Marketing and Sales in 2017, moving from the Export Sales Manager at KVIK Asia.
Beyond his esteemed professional and recreational repute, Bjarne was loved especially highly among the Danish community in Bangkok.
“Bjarne was an amazing friend,” Bent Laasholdt notes. “After a day of golfing, he would often come to the (Admiral’s) Pub, grab the guitar and entertain the crowd.” Bent recalls Bjarne being particularly fond of playing songs by Kim Larsen.
Another friend Bjarne made in Bangkok is Peter Waagensen. He describes Bjarne as a lively, h-appy, helpful and trustworthy friend. “He was always ready to help his friends, no matter if it was small or big problems. He was never too busy when you needed help,”
And one of his closest friends, Dennis Christensen confirms this:
“When he became involved with golf, he was quick to help locate sponsors and create events, and in general he was one you could always count on” Dennis fondly recalls a particular reason why Bjarne quickly became known in the Scandinavian community:
“He always preferred leverpostej over rice…” Dennis notes. “…so naturally you would find him in the places where you could get rugbrød and spegepølse. He quickly became a part of the Danish network down here.”
“Bjarne absolutely loved Thailand, and with his wife he created his small, green island in this world – a place where he was happy,” Dennis Christensen says.
Bjarne was a dear friend to many and a good person to all, and he will be remembered in the highest regard.
This obituary was written in collaboration with Bjarnes friends who, in addition to the people mentioned in the article, also includes Marianne Klerk and Max Preusse.