Mogens "Moe" Madsen
02/13/2013 12:00 AM
02/13/2013 12:10 AM
Mogens Madsen, 90, a retired clothier, passed away on January 31.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Victoria Katen Madsen; daughter, Vicki Kingsley of Copenhagen, Denmark; sons, Wayne Madsen and wife, Maria of Cary; Craig Madsen and wife, Corrine of Cary. He was blessed to be known as "Farfar" ("father's father" in Danish) to 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and "Morfar" ("mother's father") to 3 more grandchildren and 4 more great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His children and their families were his greatest joy in life! Mogens was an avid gardener, read for several hours each day, and loved his crossword puzzles.
Mogens was born in Skovshoved, Denmark, the son of the late Axel Marcilius Madsen and Inga Kjeldsen Madsen. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Tage Madsen and Inge Madsen Fabricius. He attended high school at Ordrup Gymnasium and business school at Lyngby Handelsskole. He was a versatile athlete who excelled at soccer. He apprenticed to become a custom suit-fitter and men's clothing salesman. During World War II, Mogens participated in the Danish Underground and told many stories of his attempts to undermine the Nazis during the Occupation from 1940-45. He also served in the Royal Danish Navy in the late '40s.
Mogens emigrated to New York in 1949 and held many jobs including shoe shiner, floor scrubber, parking meter assembler, waiter, Danish ham salesman, and importer of canary birds. He was ready to move back home in 1950 but he was too proud a man to ask his father for the money to pay for his boat passage back to Denmark. Thankfully, he stayed in the USA and settled into a long career in fine men's clothing. Mogens and Victoria moved to Toms River, NJ in 1959 and Mogens became the long-time Store Manager of Feldman's and later opened up his own store, Madsen's for Men. He was known as "Moe" to his clients and, to most of the best-dressed men in the area, Moe was the only guy to see if you wanted suits that fit you properly. He proudly carried all American-made suits in his store, from his house-label suits up to his Hickey Freeman line. Moe was also a long-time Rotarian in the Toms River Rotary Club.
Moe and his wife moved to Cary, NC in 1991 when his sons and their families came to Cary to open up Madsen Motor Company. Moe came out of retirement to work for Nowell's Clothing and later for the Men's Department at Dillard's at the Cary Towne Center. He was consistently the top salesman in the department even though he worked only part-time. He was proud to have the lowest "return rate" of any salesperson in the store. Moe taught his children the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity.
Moe was a warm and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who always put the welfare and comfort of his family above his own. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
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