Sven Svendsen, founder and owner of Svendsen’s Boat Works on Clement Ave., died Monday at his home.
The sailor and businessman was born in Denmark in 1932 and came to the United States in 1956, his son Sean told the sailing magazine Latitude 38.
He and his wife Suzanne started Svendsen’s in 1963, first at the Pacific Marina and then (three years later) at its current location across from Coast Guard Island.
Svend loved to race, design boats and participate in events at the St. Francis Yacht Club.
In an obituary shared with “Latitude 38,” son Sean said, “Svend had verve and panache, and was a lover of life. He will also be missed by his employees, whom he treated with the utmost respect and loyalty. Svend will be remembered by all for the positive influence he had on his community and the world around him.”
As stated in the image above, a tribute to Svend’s life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Encinal Yacht Club.