Leif Georg Haug, 91, of Hendersonville passed on July 12, 2011 at Hendersonville Health & Rehabilitation. He fought courageously against Parkinsonís disease for sixteen years.
He was born and raised in Oslo, Norway by his remarkable parents, Otto and Gerda Saether Haug. He volunteered with the Norwegian brigade in the ìWinter Warî, the war in which Finland was fighting against Russia to save their freedom. He received commendation from Field Marshall Mannerheim for his service. He returned to Norway April 9, 1940, the day Norway was invaded by Germany. He was in the army for the two months before Norway surrendered, and went immediately to the ìundergroundî resistance force where he remained until warís end in 1945. He received a commendation from his king for his service. The rest of his career involved serving with the United Nations, achieving the status of senior officer. He went from one hotbed of unrest to another. He served in New York for fifteen years, Cuba, Copenhagen, Paris, Geneva, India, Pakistan, the South Pacific Trust Territories, Jerusalem, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, and the last post, Vienna, Austria. When his retirement at age sixty was mandatory, he came to live in the mountains of North Carolina, which he loved. At the time of his death he was a member of the American Scandinavian Foundation Association in Hendersonville, and the Hendersonville Country Club. He was a member of the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club and the Norwegian Officerís Pistol Club. He was a past member if the Hendersonville Rotary Club, Trout Unlimited, Skeet Club, and Ready Sports Club. Target shooting, hunting, sailing, and skiing were his major hobbies. He brought a sailboat over from Norway, competing in and winning many regattas out of the Stamford, CT Yacht Club in the Long Island Sound. He was perhaps the best friend a person could have.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Margaret Graham Haug; two daughters, Katherine (Kenneth), Kristin (Randolph); five grandchildren, Benjamin, Kristian, Katherine, Alexander, and Graham; a brother, Knut Haug and a cousin, Rolf Saether both of Oslo, Norway.
No local service is planned. A memorial service will be scheduled in Norway at a later date.