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OBITUARY DAVID GARY SORENSEN May 20, 1937 - February 17, 2011 Canadian painter, David Sorensen, passed away peacefully in his seventy-fourth year, at home surrounded by family. He leaves behind wife Bella, daughter Verona, sons Miguel and Marcos, grandson Nico, brother Keith, many cousins, nieces, nephews and all of their children, as well as his uncle Keith Tantlinger. His spirit, so full of light and color, lives on through his art work and in our memories.

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Published in Montreal Gazette on Feb. 26, 2011.
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February 26, 2019
Memories of David as a colleague are ever present.
Adele Ernstrom
Coworker
February 20, 2019
Miss you my friend....
Joe Weber
Friend
March 3, 2018
Dear Bella, Verona and Miguel
I am only now hearing this. I have such fond memories of your family in Ayers Cliff. David was always so kind and gentile. Love to you all. Marsha Mosher Damak
August 10, 2016
I sign for his friend, Shirley Lamb. She passed away on October 31, 2015. She knew David in Vancouver and Montreal. She spoke highly of him and his works.
Sharon Andersen
January 9, 2015
My husband worked with Dave back in Vancouver in the 60-70's - in fact we have one of Dave's sculpture pieces in our home, my husband was Wayne Hartley who passed away this year.
Paula Norris
May 20, 2011
Today is Friday, May 20th, 2011. David would have been 74 today. I have sat for many weeks now, waiting for the right time - to add to the Legacy. I knew I had something to say about David, but there was so much, I had to wait for IT to come through, to become clear. At 3:00 AM this morning, I woke from a dream. After a shamanic healing dream, I was led to where David was, in the Spirit World. He was lying on his back, communing with the Infinite Space of Creation and Creating, at One with his Vision and Dharma of expressing It. Natural Happiness personified. I approached him and got his attention. He looked over and recognized me and sat up. I explained to him that we were in a dream, that it was the only way I could contact him now. I said - because you are dead ... you have left your body. You are after body dead now. He turned right around, quickly, gently, thoroughly understanding .. getting it. Accepting it like an old familiar, seasoned sage. We locked gaze and ancient eyes, holding hands. I said "you mean so much to me..." ... At first there was an urge to say more ... but no need. The Presence of what was most important, and what we both shared was more than words. Beyond being a Friend, or a Mentor, or an Artist ... was simply Being. And knowing It. We knew we knew. Witness to each others Knowing. My spiritual brother. One. Being two. Two being One. Beauty. Grace. Love. Peace. Our eyes teared up. If there was ever a Moment of Perfection ~ this way it. And it only takes one.

Art is but one way ... to tip one's Hat ... to it All. David was not just an Artist, dedicated, never confused. But a humble maverick of Humanity's Best Light of Luminous Knowing. Generous, even in his all consuming focus. He was actually shy. He hid his greatest gift. He was ever - an expression of pure Life. Divine you might say. Devoted to It, in every way, as a Father, Husband, Artist, Seeker, Knower, Friend, Teacher, Player ... gentle, quiet, concerned, radical ... smiling ... Soul. Dancing all the way .....

In the Dream, after our "moment", now aware that he was "dead", went to work gathering the souls and spirits of those that were available to serve his gift and family. He was able to address and ask an array of spirits to bid his command/requests with love. First of all, that Bella have an assistant to help her with her work ahead. Bella's spirit was of course there, and she said " and of course you may recognize our beautiful daughter that is also an artist and shall deserve a studio of light and length to continue in her father's footsteps". And so shall it be. They made it so. The boys of course a natural foundation of continuing the legacy - as strong as they are.

David then went off with the spirits of those that bring the best of art forth. Continuing the legacy. I noticed a woman in white near him. I knew she knew I was aware of her - as we were both lucid, in the dream. She had the angel role of preserving and moving David's Life Force forward. Good. Okay. I moved through the crowd of people David was instructing .....

Then I heard the phone ring. I roused myself out of Dream World ... to answer the phone. I opened my eyes in the dark. It was 3:00 am. And the phone was not ringing. Someone. Or Some self, wanted me to wake up, so I would remember ...the dream. I lay there awake, wide awake, knowing, without a doubt, now was the time to say, how much I love David. How important he is and was. Not just as an artist, which I could write volumes about, not just as a loyal husband to dearest Bella, or precious Father to equally precious children Marcos, Miguel and Verona, not just a penetrating and inspiring teacher to countless students, but a deep, deep heart and mind in intimate communion with the Knowledge attributed to Wise Ones ... truly Wise, without having to say so. This, no words can say, no painting can express, no poem can predict ... only point to. But sometimes, there are folks that feel it, breath it .... live it, without even knowing it ... while they know. These are rare beings, that help keep the fabric of harmony and hope alive ... I believe David, is one of them. And this, my beloved friends, is his greatest legacy. We are most fortunate to have known him, and feel his gift among us.

Happy Birthday David. Thank you for showing up. Your legacy lives on in our hearts, through your paintings, your arch, through your family, through all that you have given. The Beauty of Life .... simply is. You are simply smiling ... like the Bodhisattva you are ... with the Joy of It All. Such if Life. Such is Love. Peace, dear Friend. Peace. In Gratitude ... Om Om Om Om Shanti Om
Madhu Honeyman
April 23, 2011
Our thoughts, wonderful memories (most esp. the visits in Ayers Cliff with the children),and our prayers will always sustain you,verona and miguel through and through. I'm deeply saddenned and shock when you told me over the phone while JE and I were in AZ.about David's passing.His memories will linger on. Will keep more in touch as life is too short....I'm sorry we missed the memorials.
Faye Blais
April 8, 2011
Dear Bella and family , the memorial was very touching and beautiful. I haven't known David very long but just by listening to the testimonials I now realise how great a man and artist he was . May his memory and his art sustain you during this difficult time .
Monique Laxer
April 8, 2011
Dear Bella, Verona and Miguel,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marian & Andreas Giannakis
March 31, 2011
For David from a friend - the journey continues
- JKG
John Grande
March 28, 2011
Dear Bella, Verona and Miguel
My love to you. I'm sure his strong spirit is with you.
Sooo many good memories. Very real to me still. I am grateful for them, except for when he told us, on our way to Mexico, that snakes could get into the bus through holes in the floor. Remember Marcos?
All my love,
Marti
Marti Wright
March 26, 2011
Love to you all. Just heard of David's passing.
charles gurd
March 26, 2011
Dear Bella, Verona, Miguel

Just heard about David's passing; love to you all (from Vancouver island).


Charlie
charles gurd
March 21, 2011
Tania Keeble
March 19, 2011
Dear Bella, Verona and Miguel

I am so deeply sad to hear of the passing of Dave. He was still young and had so much to offer. He shall be missed dearly. My deepest condolences to you.
Love Andrea
Andrea Sadler
March 14, 2011
Dear Verona, Miguel and Bella,

I have only recently found out about the passing of your father/husband in a recent article about him in the Sherbrooke Record. Please accept my condolences. May you cherish the memories, laughter and life you have all shared together.

Cynthia Matthews
Cynthia Matthews
March 14, 2011
Dear Bella and family,
For over twenty years David has been a remarkable friend and colleague, a key figure in development of the Fine Arts programme at Bishop's University. Consistently devoted both to students and to his own work, he collaborated in initiating an art gallery at Bishop's, organized workshops, brought in speakers, faciitated tours for students; altogether he contributed immensely to the teaching and understanding of art when pioneering efforts were required. His tenacity, warmth and humour were resources to all who worked with him. My sympathy in the first place to Bella, Verona, Miguel and Marcos, but also to the many friends in the art world who have valued his presence. He and his work have enriched our lives.
Adele Ernstrom
March 10, 2011
June 2009 in Lennoxville (Sherbrooke)
Dear Bella, Verona and Miguel,
David was very important in our lives during our 30 year friendship. He lives on in our memories, his art, and in our continued friendship with you.
With our deepest sympathy,
Joe and Janet Weber
Joe and Janet Weber
March 9, 2011
Dear Bella and family,
Please accept my sympathy for your loss
....for our loss.

Christian Knudsen
March 7, 2011
Dear family,

I was very sad to read the J.K. Grande's article about David's passing. All my sympathy! Anne Douville
March 6, 2011
a woman for David - 1992
Dear Verona & family
I am deeply saddened by the news. I was a student of David's in the early '90s. His presence in the studio was one of subdued calm. Due to his demeanor I see his canvasses as self-portraits - a calming force.
michelle c. fecit
March 5, 2011
Another light has dimmed but David's wonderfully luminous painting will always be with us. My deepest sympathies.

Sandra Paikowsky
March 5, 2011
Peter Krausz
March 5, 2011
Dear Bella and family,

David was a such a good man.Although we met so rarely I always felt his warmth,generosity,humour,passion and his interest in the deeper issues of personal life.To know him was a gift.

John Max
John Max
March 4, 2011
David was my first love.
He always possessed great integrity
and passion.
My thoughts are with Bella and his children, Marcos, Verona and Miguel.
I will miss him forever!
Linda Sorensen
March 1, 2011
Dear Bella and family,

David was such a nice man. In the many years I knew him he was always cheerful, interesting, and interested in everything. Although I did not see him often in recent time, it was as if I had seen him the day before on each occasion that we met or spoke - we connected so well and easily. He was a warm man, and a passionately serious artist, and I will miss him.
Jerome Krause
February 28, 2011
Dera Verona, Bella and family,

I am so sorry to hear the terrible news about David, and your loss, such a wonderful person and great artist. My heart goes out to you and both Bob and I offer our condolences.

Sherrill and Robert Girard
Sherrill Girard
February 26, 2011
Dearest Bella, Verona & Miguel,
My blessings and Love go to you in this time of hardship and loss. May Davids warmth and large spirit surround you with care and let your memories of him fill your heart and reassure you.
Leah Russell
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