Jan Blichfeldt, age 82, of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away October 23, 2011 at the Queen’s Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Oslo, Norway in 1929, Jan emigrated to the United States in 1955 and attended Denver University where he received a degree in hotel and restaurant management.
Jan started working on the Norwegian Cruise Lines after high school and worked his way up to Chief Purser. During his career at sea he traveled the world and met the love of his life Beth. After graduating from college and getting married he began working for Sheraton Hotels on the East Coast and the Midwest and ended up in Jamaica as an assistant hotel manager. After leaving Sheraton he worked at several major resorts in Caribbean before moving to Hawaii in 1976. Jan continued his work here on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu. He was admired for his sense of humor and personal connection he had with the staff and guests. After retiring from the hotel industry he continued to work as a consultant.
Jan along with his wife Beth, were active in the Masters Swimming Community having taken up swimming in earnest in their senior years. He volunteered and competed in numerous Waikiki Roughwater Swims, North Shore Swims and USMS pool events.
Jan spent the last 10 years of his life caring for his beloved wife Beth. While his cancer ravaged his body, it never took away his spirit. He continued with his good humor and concern for those who were caring for him.
He is survived by his wife Beth, sister Karin (Jarnfeldt), sons Peer (Norma), Tore (Karen), nephews Stein, Tron and Kjell and granddaughters Kelly, Erika and Sarah Brooke. Per his request no funeral services were held. His ashes were scattered in the ocean off Waikiki. Tributes online at www.janblichfeldt.wordpress. com.