Mogens Sorensen passed away at the age of 76 years on November 11, 2022 in Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, BC. Mogens was born in Horsens, Denmark to parents Gunner and Magny Sorensen on July 11, 1946. In 1964 Mogens had the opportunity to travel with an agency from his hometown in Denmark to promote tourism through film, making his first stop at the New York World Fair, then crossing Canada to Vancouver, where he opted to remain due to unforeseen circumstances. He connected with the Danish Communities where he was able to secure odd jobs until he obtained a work permit in Vancouver.
In 1968 he met the love of his life Violet and they married in 1969. He launched his landscaping business in North Vancouver which gave expression to his creativity through beautifully designed gardens and yards. He also provided snow clearing & salting services to schools and businesses in winter months until the recession when he opened a do-it-yourself garden center in Lynn Valley as well as Christmas trees and poinsettias in winter. Mogens entrepreneurial spirit led him to acquire a commercial building and secure a skidoo snowmobile dealership to start a small engine repair shop in Lynn Valley which provided immigration to his older brother Bent who had a vast mechanical background as an outboard mechanic. During this time, Mogens also purchased a hotdog wagon from Denmark he spotted downtown and hosted Bed & Breakfast with his wife for 6 months during expo ’86. Mogens moved his family to Surrey in 1988 where he was employed by Surrey Memorial Hospital as a Grounds keeping Manager until his retirement.
Mogens was a large personality with a infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. He loved people and opened his home and heart to everyone he met. He loved to travel and visited many countries with his wife and family including his beloved homeland where he enjoyed crisscrossing the country and long conversations. He loved to watch old Western movies where he first cut his teeth on the English language after arriving in Canada. Mogens was a church planter and gave sacrificially to promote the Good News after his conversion to Christianity in 1966. He always had a positive attitude in spite of the economy, hardships, or health challenges he faced towards the end of his life. His final legacy was moving his family to the countryside where they would be together and safe. Unfortunately, he spent little time on the property where he planned to live out his remaining years.
Mogens leaves behind his wife Violet, daughter Michelle, grandchildren Kylee-Lynn Sorensen and Gabriel Madore as well as his brothers Bent (Nanaimo) and Torben (Denmark) and many nieces and nephews. We are fiercely proud of him and all he accomplished. The struggles have ended. Mogens is deeply missed.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 28th 2023 at 2:30 pm.