Malvin Kvilhaug

Malvin Kvilhaug, 83, of Fairhaven passed away peacefully on May 26, 2022 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was at home surrounded by his family. Malvin was the loving husband of Berit A. (Mjolhus) Kvilhaug and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage last year.

            Malvin was born in Aakrehamn, Karmoy, Norway, and was the son of the late Martin and Hulda (Grodem) Kvilhaug. He was the brother of Simon Kvilhaug and the late Johannes Kvilhaug and Signe Helgesen.

            Malvin began his life in Fairhaven in 1961 and made a large impact on the tight-knit Norwegian community. Captain Kvilhaug was a successful scallop captain and fishing was a major part of his life. Malvin made his way in the fishing industry through hard work, determination, and a ‘never give up’ mentality. Malvin was a captain for many years and enjoyed time on his boats – FV Michigan, FV Contender, FV Concordia and the FV Sandra Jane all out of Fairhaven. In addition, he was one of the five co-founders of the Fishery Survival Fund.

            Outside of the fishing world, Malvin enjoyed golf, travel and spending time with his family. Not many people can say that they were able to travel to 6 continents, but Malvin could. Malvin lived a full life and enjoyed every moment. A man of few words, who made an everlasting impact on everyone he met.

            Survivors include his wife Berit; 2 sons, Magnar Kvilhaug and his wife Kathleen; Brian Kvilhaug and his wife Susan, all of Mattapoisett; his daughter, Jane Quinn and her husband John of Dartmouth; his brother, Simon Kvilhaug; 8 grandchildren, Nicholas Kvilhaug, Simon Kvilhaug and his wife Caitlin, Jonathan Kvilhaug, Victoria Kvilhaug, Brendan Quinn and his wife Julie-Ann, Emily Quinn, Allison Kvilhaug and Nathan Kvilhaug; a great-granddaughter, Brienna Kvilhaug; and several nieces and nephews.

            His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 10 AM in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 Temple Place, Fairhaven. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church c/o Bereavement Committee, 16 Temple Place, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For directions and guestbook, visit

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