Lions Mourn Passing of PIP Sten Akestam

Lions Clubs International

I know Lions around the world join me in expressing sincere condolences to the family of  past international president Sten Akestam, who passed away December 18th.  I was deeply saddened when I received the news.  His loss will be felt for some time to come.

Sten had the unique ability to bring people together for the good of others, and devoted his life to serving the underserved.  He believed there were no boundaries between countries and that Lions should extend their hand of service to all in need.

He has been as a mentor to all Lions Clubs International presidents who succeeded him, offering words of encouragement and advice.  Through his experience and leadership, he also helped shape the future of our association.

In his countless years of Lionism, he no doubt saw many changes.  In fact, Sten believed in change because he knew we could serve more people if we developed new and better ways.  But one thing he believed should never change – the Lions’ commitment to service.  He inspired devotion of service in every Lion he met.  Because of his inspiration and leadership, that legacy of service will continue with new generations of Lions.

PIP Akestam made a positive impact on literally hundreds of thousands of people the world over during his lifetime.  He was highly respected and universally beloved for his devotion to humanitarian causes.  He truly lived by the Lions motto “We Serve” and always put others before himself.

Please remember his wife Martha and the entire Akestam family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer

  • PID Georgios Nicolaides

    A Great Friend!

    Here was a man of superlatively high standards, complete integrity and
    boundless enthusiasm for whatever task he took in hand. No one, whose privilege
    to know him, is likely to forget the candor of his speech, the courage of his
    faith, the warm and glowing brightness of his friendship. He never dodged a
    responsibility, never refused to take on a hard job if it needed to be done.
    What he preached, he practiced. What he believed, he believed with heart and
    soul. He fought hard for every cause in which he enlisted, and the causes for
    which he fought were good and right for Lionism and the World in general.

    To all of us, in the LIONS family, he was and always will be an ideal. The
    example he set, will long continue to influence and inspire us.

    Dear Martha,

    their is little we can say that will comfort you in this hour of your
    bereavement. Please accept for yourself and all who mourn with you, our
    assurance of heartfelt sympathy..

    May he enjoy his eternal rest and the rewards he has earned.

    PID Georgios and Mary Nicolaides

  • Salim J Moussan

    A great Pillar of European and International Lionism has fallen. Lions Clubs International Past International President Sten Akestam (1986-87), a dear friend since I became a Lion in 1988 passed away. My condolences to Martha, his family, the Lions of Sweden, Scandinavia and the World. This photo taken in Beirut, Lebanon during our Area Forum November 1995

  • Jim Ryan

    My condolences to his family. He was a great leader for our organization. He will be missed by Lions across the world.

  • Fré Steen (NL)

    With great sadness I just read the news of the passing of Mr. PIP Sten Akestam. I knew him from his involvement in Lions Quest. A program for young people, that he supported so heartly.
    We all knew his health was getting worse. We all knew he was not the youngest. But he always was there.
    I thank him for the work he did and the example he has been.
    Hopefully, without trying to walk in his footsteps, we can find inspiration in his attitude to do good for humanity, and especially for young people.

    Thank you Sten.

    Fré Steen Master Trainer Lions-Quest

  • Kent Benediktsson

    We all loved him. RIP.

  • Bjørn Sætrom

    It is with great sadness I read about the passing of PIP Sten Aakestam. PIP Sten was a true lion. His calm and friendly personality made him thousands of friends all over the world. I had the pleasure to meet Sten and his wife Martha on several occasions during the past 15 years. PIP Sten attended several of our District Conventions in D104B, Norway. He was always interested in Lions in Norway and how we were doing. He liked to discuss matters, and it was always worth while listening to his opinions.
    Today our thoughts goes to his wife Martha and the rest of his family. A great man has laid down his lions work to rest. You will be missed. Rest in peace, Sten!
    Lions friends in District 104B.