Mote Aquarium Sea Lion exhibit December 2012.
Nils Axel Arvidsson
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 20, 1937
  • Date of passing: Sep 19, 2013
Let the memory of Nils be with us forever

This is the memorial web page in memory of our loved one, NilsAxel Arvidsson, 76, born on January 20, 1937 in Lindesberg, Sweden, and passed away on September 19, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida, USA. We will remember him forever. He was a joy to be around and an inspiration for life and perseverance. 

I Am There...

Look for me when the tide is high
And the gulls are wheeling overhead
When the autumn wind sweeps the cloudy sky
And one by one the leaves are shed
Look for me when the trees are bare
And the stars are bright in the frosty sky
When the morning mist hangs on the air
And shorter darker days pass by.

I am there, where the river flows
And salmon leap to a silver moon
Where the insects hum and the tall grass grows
And sunlight warms the afternoon
I am there in the busy street
I take you hand in the city square
In the market place where the people meet
In your quiet room - I am there

I am the love you cannot see
And all I ask is - look for me

♦♦♦
In memory of Nils.
(A poem by Iris Hesselden) 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 20th September 2016

"Yesterday was not easy and neither is life in general right now. But we will be ok! Take care of mom... I love you both forever :)

xoxoxo
Rose-Marie"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th September 2016

"Hi Pappa, Today is your 3 year memorial. You are missed and remember with joy and love."

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 28th July 2016

"Look for mom, she will arrive with golden wings. She has been so brave and amazing. Now it is your turn to care for her for all eternity. Dance, love and be together. Love Always, Anna."

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th June 2016

"Happy Father's Day Pappa! We have so many nice memories. You are the best. Love Anna ♥♥♥"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 20th January 2016

"Hi Pappa, we think of you on your birthday and always. Love, Anna, Mark."

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 20th January 2016

"Happy Birthday Pappa! I have the picture of you and Lars in the kitchen in the Bradenton house up. Reminding me of happier days. I miss you both... Love, Rose-Marie"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 27th December 2015

"Merry Christmas and Happy 2016 Pappa! We miss you so but you are with us always. Love, Anna & Mark."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 21st October 2015

"Dear Nils, We have a wonderful fall now. Everything is "lagom". Palm Aire is having a big tournament  iLPGA next week and I will be looking from the front row.  Wish you where here.   Love you, Viv."

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th September 2015

"Not a day goes by when you are not missed. Love Always, Anna & Mark."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th September 2015

"Time goes by and I love you. Love, Viv"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 19th September 2015

"I can't believe it has been 2 years since we lost you. You are forever missed! Love, Rose-Marie, John, Stina and Crombie"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 27th June 2015

"My Dear, it so warm this spring, but you never had problems with the warm weather.  In the evenings are bad thunderstorms I feel so lonely. How are you doing? But I'm hanging in with Annas help, she is wonderful. Thinking of you a lot. Love you, Viv"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 21st June 2015

"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to you Pappa! The best father and grandfather that ever lived. We miss you greatly. Love, Rose-Marie, Stina and John"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 21st June 2015

"Hi Pappa, Happy Father's Day!! We are thinking of you and miss you so much. Have a beer, and keep it in the short grass. Love always, Anna."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 20th March 2015

"Hallo, Spring is in the air and we have it very warm. Anna & me have been a week to Miami. It was very nice for me to come out. Rose has had Thyroid surgery that did good for her. The Youth are busy at Universities in Boston.  Life goes on... It has too. Love you, Viv"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 21st January 2015

"Happy Birthday Pappa.You and me celebrated by Mexicale and you had your drinks and I had mine. I'm not out evenings so it was tricky to drive home, but it was your birthday. Thank's for the party. Love you,  Viv"

This tribute was added by S. Rosanna McK on 20th January 2015

"Happy Birthday, Pappa. You're always in my thoughts and keep me motivated each day <3"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 20th January 2015

"I miss you more than ever....
Your guidance and your love.
But, I know you're watching over us
silently from above.
I will always love you Dad!"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 20th January 2015

"Happy Birthday Pappa! We miss you soooo much. Love Anna & Mark"

This tribute was added by John McKenna on 20th January 2015

"I wanted to wish you a wonderful Birthday Pappa. I miss you and Lars so much. All of my love!"

This tribute was added by Marie Smyth on 20th January 2015

"Happy Birthday.  Know that you are loved and missed by your family and friends. Watch over them."

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 29th December 2014

"Pappa, look for Bambi she has joined you. She likes ear scratches and treats. Take care of her until we meet. Love, Anna."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th December 2014

"Christmas is here and I don't know Santa so well any more when you are not him. I will be at my apartment this holidays and the girls are by theirs. We all need to rest and relax. Anna has started a new computer company, so she is busy, and believe it or not our grandchildren are so old, so this year we decided not to buy gifts.        
God Jul Nils.  Yours Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th December 2014

"Hi Pappa, Hope you are having fun. We miss you so. Watch out for Rudolph. Love, Anna."

This tribute was added by Dave Lathan on 5th December 2014

"I have just heard about Nax and felt I must pay tribute to one of the most inspirational , nicest guys I have met in 30 years of travelling the world for both business and pleasure. My wife Mollie and I enjoyed time with Nils and Wivvi-Ann in Sweden and the UK. Our deepest sympathies to Wivvi-Ann, the children and grandchildrenn."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th October 2014

"Dear Nils, since I wrote you before, I have been very sick. But now I'm as you were, cancer free and feel o.k. Halloween coming up. Do you remember so many children that came to our door... the whole evening. And our funny hats!
I miss you so,  Love, Viv."

This tribute was added by S. Rosanna McK on 24th September 2014

"Pappa,
I JUST GOT INTO TUFTS PA SCHOOL and I start this January! Everything is finally falling into place. I know you're watching over me and would be so proud. I love you so much <3"

This tribute was added by Mark Lythgoe on 19th September 2014

"We miss your smile, your laugh, and your jokes.  You were a great father-in-law and a joy to be around.  Whenever I see a hawk, an eagle, or another majestic bird, I think of you.  May you soar like an eagle.  Love Mark."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th September 2014

"I love you."

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th September 2014

"Thank you for beeing such a wonderful dad. You are forever missed and loved. ♥ Anna"

This tribute was added by John McKenna on 19th September 2014

"Hi Pappa, I cannot believe it has already been a year. I think about you and Lars every single day- and I hope you guys are having beers, playing golf, and sharing laughs. Sending all of my love!"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 19th September 2014

"Dear Dad,
Here I am in front of my lit candle....it has been a very difficult year without you. I want you to know that Anna and I are taking care of Mom like I promised you. She is going through a hard time right now but we are all trying to be brave and support each other. I love you forever! Please say hi to Lars and tell him I love and miss him too.  
xoxoxox Rose-Marie"

This tribute was added by S. Rosanna McK on 19th September 2014

"Hi Pappa, I can't believe its been a whole year. I miss you so much. I hope you and Lars are together up in heaven, sharing laughs. I think about you both all of the time. I have applied to PA school and just got an interview at Tufts! Thank you for all the years of your support. I love you so much, Pappa"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 14th July 2014

"My Birthday week -  you can not belive what a nice week I had. Anna & Mark arranged it for me. Rose-Marie & Jr came and celebrated over the weekend. I missed you so much. Jr. has asked if he can have your fathers Husqvarna shotgun hunting rifle. We know you like John to have that so that is o.k. My live Alligator is still around in the pond and the lovely Pink Spoonbills you took photos of are here. Life goes on, but that was my last birthday, no more.It is nothing to celebrate.  Your "old" Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 15th June 2014

"Happy Father's Day, Pappa. Keep them in the short grass, and watch out, there is a lot of wind up there. xoxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 15th June 2014

"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY PAPPA!! I miss you and think of you and Lars everyday. Don't worry, I am getting stronger each day. Trying to accept my world without the two of you in it. Make sure you play golf together today!! Love you forever.  xoxoxox Mimmi"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 13th June 2014

"Dear Nils,
Believe it or not it is my last Birthday. I stop counting after this one. Both our girls are coming to Florida, and Stina o John too.  You and me have had so many wonderful birthdays!  Love you,  Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th May 2014

"Hi Pappa, Spring is in the air here in Utah. You would love all the different birds singing and flying around. The Ospreys are nesting down the street and they are so pretty. Have fun with Mango.
Love, Hugs and Kisses. Anna, Mark, Bambi."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 17th May 2014

"Hallo Nils,
Now I'm on my way to see Roe-Marie and her "children" for a few days.They have Spring and you know how beautiful that can be in Boston and out at Rockport. You are with me in my heart. Yours, Viv."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 23rd April 2014

"Dear Nils, You have gotten 2 friends joining you! Rose-Marie's Lars died April 3rd, and Anna's Mango April 13th. I hope you look out for each other and have a good time.
Love you, Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 13th April 2014

"Pappa, please take good care of Mango. We will miss her so much. I know she will find you. Love Always♥"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th March 2014

"Hallo Pappeluns,
Anna & Mark are back from there anniversary trip and things are back to normal for me. Believe it or not I'm going to a gym (good for me). Whenever you want you are SO welcome back!
Love, Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th March 2014

"We miss you so much Pappa, but we know you are with us. All the animals we have seen, I know it is you. Message received.  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 14th February 2014

"Valentine's Day:
My dear, it is now 5 month since you passed away and I hope you are doing fine,I try my best. Thanks for the roses. The dolphins at the beach said to say HEJ to Nils, we miss him.
I love you. Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 14th February 2014

"Happy Valentines Day Pappa! xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 20th January 2014

"Today is your Birthday! Have something nice to your coffee. Stor Kram Viv"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 20th January 2014

"Happy Birthday Pappa!! Wherever you are you are always in our thoughts. You'll be happy to know I finished my book and proof read it backwards like you taught me. Love Always, Anna, Mark, Bambi & Mango"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 20th January 2014

"Dear Dad,
Sending extra warm thoughts your way today. I have fond memories from your birthday last year, when my dog Crombie ran around the house with your "Happy Birthday" balloon attached to her collar. I miss you Pappa!"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 17th January 2014

"Dear Nils,
The flu is bad this year. I had a flu shot but still got it so now I'm sick, but soon I will I be out of it .  Love, Viv"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 31st December 2013

"Dear Pappa,
Happy New Year from all of us!
Love ♥ WiiviAnn"

This tribute was added by Milo Kuehn on 22nd December 2013

"I could tell Nils was a good person from the moment I met him to do landscaping work at his house. One time when I came to do work he noticed that my shoes were falling apart which prompted an amusing conversation about the sad shape my shoes were in (they say you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes). For a few visits after that he would check up on me by examining the condition of my shoes. He always took time to talk with me when I would come over to work. I miss him."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th December 2013

"Dear Nils,
This Christmas is not like it use to be. I miss you so. I don't know who Santa is nowadays, but you and he can find me by Anna & Mark. I am there for Christmas. You are Welcome. Your favorite dog Mango has cancer.  Rose & Lars are back in Boston, and we all make it one day at the time.You take good care. I love you and miss you so much. Yours Forever  ♥♥♥"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 19th December 2013

"This Holiday will be so empty without you Pappa, but you are in our thoughts. I miss you. xoxo Anna."

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 19th November 2013

"Nils my Dear,
What are you doing nowadays? I miss you so much. Life goes on, it has to. You will be happy to hear that I have contact with our old friends from Holland. They all say “Hej” and “We miss you”.
I miss you Pappe luns. Love."

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 20th October 2013

"You are with us forever Pappa!
Miss you and Love you."

This tribute was added by S. Rosanna McK on 6th October 2013

""Fly me up to where you are beyond the distant star. I wish upon tonight to see you smile, if only for a while to know you're there. A breath away's not far to where you are."
— Josh Groban

I love you, Pappa"

This tribute was added by S. Rosanna McK on 6th October 2013

"Pappa, I have spent weeks trying to find the words to thank you for everything you've done for me. I have concluded that the simplicity of language cannot begin to encapsulate the degree of your love, benevolence, wisdom, and generosity. I am honored to be your granddaughter. I will take every piece of knowledge, and each opportunity you've given me and I won't let you down. I love you"

This tribute was added by AnnaLena & Tommy Odenhamn on 4th October 2013

"Our warm memories of Nils starts in Hoogezand in the Netherlands. Some Swedish companies had people working there and we helped each other in this “new world”. It was nice to be close to Rose-Marie, Viviann and Nils special when Anna-Karin was born. Thanks to the Christmas letters through all years  we have been able to follow your lives in Sweden en USA. For that friendship we are grateful."

This tribute was added by John Lythgoe on 1st October 2013

"Nils was a fine gentleman. Always a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He was very supportive of his own family and his extended family of which I am proud to belong."

This tribute was added by Gunilla Lexing on 1st October 2013

"Denna Webbsajt ger mig en nostalgitrip med sorg i hjärtat, men också med många trevliga och roliga minnen som drar förbi. Vila i frid. Du är ihågkommen."

This tribute was added by Goran Kristrom on 30th September 2013

"Thanks NAX that I got to know You. Even if we were competitors You helped me and inspired me when I started my business 1974. The years after that gave many fine mamories from all the things we did together, You, WiiviAnn my wife Karin and me. I will always think of You!"

This tribute was added by John McKenna on 29th September 2013

"My grandfather was a wonderful, caring, and inspiring man. From his warm smile to his jokes at the dinner table- he was sure to brighten everyone's day. I would like to thank him for his love and support over the years- and for all of his genuine kindness. He will surely be missed and I will think of him all the time. Thank you for being you. I love you and miss you!"

This tribute was added by Diane McDuffee Chinkidjakarn on 29th September 2013

"I appreciate how loving & supportive Nils was to Rose-Marie, Stina, & John. His presence at important milestones in their lives and his support during difficult times was admirable. It was inspiring to see how he welcomed Lars into the family & how they became great friends. Nils' legacy is that he loved his family very much & they returned that love. We are so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by nasrin Ansari on 29th September 2013

"Dear Anna, I never forget the great speech your loving father had in your wedding. I found him as an honorable, intelligent, fun- loving gentleman with wonderful smile and sense of humor. Just so you know your beloved father will always be with you thru nature and his wonderful memories lives on for ever. With deepest sympathy for you and your lovely family.

Love, Nasrin"

This tribute was added by Marie Smyth on 28th September 2013

"Though I did not know Nils well I do remember how wonderful he was to me at Rose-Marie and Lars' wedding.  I realized then where Rose-Marie got her kindness and compassion from.  May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Mark Lythgoe on 27th September 2013

"I will always remember Nils for his wit, keen intellect, and positive attitude.  He will also be remembered for his many 'Nils' solutions, usually involving a heavy dose of engineering creativity.  Whenever we have to fix or build something, we will think of Nils and how he would have solved it.  
Nils will be lovingly remembered"

This tribute was added by Lars Skagerholm on 27th September 2013

"You were the big brother I never had. How come we had so much in common.
Maybe it was the Swedish Viking blood or maybe the Swedish Royal Navy.
I miss my golf buddy, my friend and my Father-In-Law.
I hope you play 18 holes every day Nils!"

This tribute was added by Enid Lythgoe on 27th September 2013

"What a great addition to the Lythgoe clan. When our son Mark decided to marry Anna Arviddsson, we gained a great daughter-in-law and Nils as well (not to forget Wiviann).!! We became good friends and enjoyed his wonderful smile and sense of humor and spent hours discussing our mutual travels. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by James Hunt on 25th September 2013

"It was a privilege and honor to know and be a small part of your life.  Thank you Nils!

Jimmy Hunt"

This tribute was added by Hazel Lythgoe on 25th September 2013

"Nils was a fun-loving, easy-going, down-to-earth kind of guy. He treated me like a friend the first time I met him and always made me laugh. I feel lucky to have met such a wonderful man. Nils you will be sorely missed by your family, friends, and every other life you touched along the way. - Viv, Anna and Rosie, please know you are in my thoughts!"

This tribute was added by Rose-Marie Skagerholm on 24th September 2013

"If I could write a story, it would be the greatest ever told.
Of a kind and loving father who had a heart of gold.
I could write a million pages and still be unable to say,
just how much I love and miss you every single day.
Thank you for always being there for me Pappa!"

This tribute was added by Anna Lythgoe on 24th September 2013

"Let's honor my father each and every day by cherishing the beauty in nature all around us. He was an amazing person and always took time to teach and encourage those around him. Pappa, I will remember you each day as I know you live on forever through nature. With each bird, fish, lizard and moose, I know you are always with me. xoxoxoxoxoxo~Anna"

This tribute was added by Wiiviann Arvidsson on 24th September 2013

"Thank you for a wonderful life together"


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