Wally died at Hospice House on August 4th at the age of 87. He was born in England and had 4 brothers who became life-long friends. After lying about his age so he could enlist in the British Navy in 1944, he sailed with the Navy to BC. He fell in love with Canada and vowed to return. He immigrated in 1952, and in 1958 he met Helene Sorensen on a tennis court in Penticton. They married in 1960 and were blessed with a long life together full of love, travel, and laughter. Adventurous, they moved back to England in 1961 where their daughter Lise was born. In 1965 they tried their hand at living in Denmark, Helene’s native country, where their son Paul was born. Wally’s attempts to learn Danish became the stuff of legend in the Sorensen family. They settled in Vernon in 1968 after deciding that Canada was where they were meant to be, and together they built a wonderful life here. Wally and Helene joined the Kalamalka Country Club in 1969 and formed friendships with other members that endure to this day. Wally was a content, easy-going man with a tremendous sense of humour and an innate ability to truly enjoy the simplest pleasures in life. Even after his cancer diagnosis in 2010 he remained happy and positive, and his quiet determined battle with cancer was an inspiration to those of us honoured to have shared that journey with him. He loved life, and he loved his family above all else. The world has lost a true old-school gentleman. Wally remains forever in the hearts of wife Helene, daughter Lise Simpson (husband Brian, children Ian and Colin) and son Paul (wife Mary, children Kristen and Kevin). In lieu of flowers, perhaps consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Vernon Hospice House.
The family invites you to please join us in a casual Celebration of Life for Wally at the Kalamalka Country Club, on Saturday September 7th at 5 pm.