9 July 2021 | St Albans, UK [Thomas Müller/tedNEWS]
We are extremely sad to announce the death of Peter Bo Bohsen, age 50. After many months of struggling with a serious heart condition, Peter Bo’s heart gave up the struggle on Thursday, 8 July 2021. He slipped quietly and painlessly away and is now at peace.
Bohsen made a unique contribution to the Trans-European Division (TED) as Pathfinder director between 2015 and July 2020 when he left to take up a full-time position at the Danish Junior College, Vejlefjordskolen.
He was an innovator, providing strong inspiration and motivation for many Pathfinders and leaders across the Division. His many visits locally across the countries of the Division were always much appreciated.
“Peter Bo was selected as Pathfinder director for his expertise, track record, creativity and energy,” remembers TED President Raafat Kamal. “He certainly did not disappoint and led a strong drive in training leaders, in organising camps and training Master Guide leaders.”
During his period of service Bohsen was instrumental in starting Pathfinder work in four new countries as well as organising the largest ever Pathfinder camporee in TED history.
Before coming to the Division, Bohsen served as Pathfinder director for the Danish Union (2001–2016). He developed a strong and fun-filled Pathfinder programme with growing numbers attending both local and national summer camps.
Always looking to improve and impress, Danish Union President Thomas Müller states, “Peter-Bo constantly had ten new plans and crazy ideas in his head to implement. He was very creative and will be remembered for many innovative programmes and incident hikes.”
“I do get a lot of ideas, and I do get them working,” Bohsen told Victor Hulbert, TED Communication director, in a 2016 interview. “My idea is that I can share them with others, and they can get even better ideas,” he said. “By making Pathfindering more interesting, then we can get more youngsters start to be Pathfinders, hopefully bringing them closer to God.”
Pathfindering may well be his strongest legacy, but Bohsen was also a strong supporter of ADRA. A qualified carpenter and construction architect, he spent two years as Assistant Project manager with ADRA Tanzania (1996–1998). His role included renovating two secondary schools, developing new building methods, and building and running furniture workshops. Later, he volunteered at construction projects in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Nicaragua.
Bohsen loved being together with people and had always a good story to share, often of his escapades with ADRA. He thrived at large events, and while he will be remembered for his last Camporee at Ardingly, UK in 2019, he had made an impact at previous international camporees as well as at regional events in Scandinavia.
The funeral will be held at Vejlefjordskolen on Monday, 19 July at 2:00 PM. Bohsen loved nature and was an outdoor-man, so it is appropriate that the service will be held outdoors on the grass in front of the main hall.
Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Birgitte, his son Liam, and the wider family. We are comforted that he is now resting in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to life everlasting at the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
tedNEWS Staff: Victor Hulbert, editor; Deana Stojković, associate editor
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