Friends, family and admirers of hotelier and humanitarian Claes Andersen packed Laguna Presbyterian Church on Saturday to celebrate his life, which ended Aug. 11.
A live feed to Hotel Laguna allowed the staff and others to remember him at the site that was his home away from home.
"There are many who would love to share their reflections on Claes, but if that happened, we'd be here all afternoon," said the Rev. Jerry Tankersley, pastor of the church, which the Andersen family attended.
The family picked six to speak, all of them eloquent. But the most poignant words came from Claes' family, none of whom were listed as speakers.
"I was most fortunate that we spent 30 years together," said his wife, Georgia.
Claes and Georgia met on a double date arranged by her father. They dated for the next 27 nights and married within a few months of meeting one another.