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Erik Bonde-Henriksen

December 14, 1923 July 6, 2016
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Erik Bonde-Henriksen, age 92, passed away on July 6, 2016 at the Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas.

Erik is survived by his wife of 67 years, Erna, their son Nils, and special family friends Annelise Pedersen, Palle Kanstrup, and Margit Kanstrup.

Born in Hobro, Denmark - the third of four brothers - he moved to St. Thomas in 1948.

His life in Denmark was filled with joyous activities with his brothers, his love of sports, and the awful occupation of Denmark at the hands of Nazi Germany. As a 17 year old, he joined the Danish resistance movement. Their efforts to sabotage Nazi plans led to the deaths of many of his colleagues. His mother knew nothing of his involvement - despite his having dyed his hair red - until the Nazis knocked on the door of the family house, asking about his whereabouts. Shortly thereafter, he was placed in a shipping crate and sent on a fishing trawler to neutral Sweden, where he eluded detection. He was forever proud of the efforts of his colleagues to save Danish Jews from persecution by the Nazis.

After the war, he moved to London to complete his college degree. In 1948 Erik accepted a position in St. Thomas with the West Indian Company. A year later, Erna would join him. They first lived on Belgian Road, then Synagogue Hill, before moving to remote Raphune Hill in 1959. Becoming a U.S. citizen in 1961 was one his proudest moments.

An avid tennis player, he made many good friends on the courts of Long Bay, Bluebeards Castle, and the V.I. Hilton Hotel. Erik also developed long-lasting friendships with the taxi drivers who waited outside of Continental, the store where he and Erna worked closely with Phyllis Fog for more than 20 years. Every year, Erik wagered with the taxi drivers on the outcome of the World Series. The bet was always the same: a case of beer. The taxi drivers - almost exclusively Dodger fans - taking the National League, while Erik took the American League, and his beloved Yankees.

After Continental was sold in the 1970s, Erik continued to run accounting and finance divisions for the VI stores under Host International, and for the subsequent owner John Anderson. Later, he would use his business skills to become a Bankruptcy Trustee for the Federal Courts, a job that made him several long-term friends in the courts, and in the business community.

Erik received loving care from an exceptional team of homecare givers, and the team at Schneider Medical Center. He loved the Virgin Islands, and its people.

Funeral Information

A private funeral has been planned by the family.

Arrangements are under the care Hurley Funeral Home and Cremation Center of St. Thomas and St. John.

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