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Bendt Per Themstrup

October 19, 1941 — July 14, 2023

Seabrook Island, SC

Bendt Per Themstrup

Bendt Per Themstrup, 81 of Seabrook Island, South Carolina, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023.

Born on October 19, 1941, in Gentofte, Denmark, Bendt was the son of the late Ruth and Jorgen Themstrup. Bendt is well loved and known throughout the world. He began selling insurance at 16, then got an associate degree in business. After that, he moved from Denmark to Canada, and then to Bermuda, where he worked for Alico Insurance. From there, he moved to the US and worked at many different companies managing international insurance sales teams. His accomplishments as an executive with these companies, including a position as the Senior Vice President of Cigna Worldwide, allowed him to travel through more than forty countries, making lifelong friends wherever he went. A proud Danish man, Bendt loved celebrating his heritage, playing golf, soccer, billiards, and darts, and being the life of the party. His indelible humor and quick wit always left those who were lucky enough to be around him with a smile on their face. Bendt will be most remembered for his enduring commitment to family. This includes a storybook 55-year marriage to wife Ellen, and his ties to loved ones in Denmark, Bermuda, England, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and across the globe. Bendt, with his generous heart, was the family member who everyone turned to for help and advice. He leaves a legacy of love, kindness, humor, and passion that will never be forgotten by all those who met him and had the pleasure to share a drink with him.

Bendt is predeceased by Jorgen Themstrup (Father) and Ruth Themstrup (Mother), as well as Henrik Themstrup (brother) and Peder Themstrup (brother). He is survived by Ellen Themstrup (Wife), Kristian Themstrup (Son), Karen Czajkowski (Daughter), Dan Czajkowski (Son-in-Law), grandchildren Maya and Chloe, Morten Themstrup (Brother), Jonna Orkilde (Sister), and Bente Ahern (Cousin).

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith James Island, 347 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, 843-614-8494.

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