Danny (Dan) Jorgensen passed away suddenly on May 12, 2017. He leaves behind his wife Brenda, his mother Grace (nee Neufeld), his brother David (Val & Anna), his children Kyla and Jamie (Rachael), his grandchildren Parker, Ella and Taylor, and son in law Jake Garrow, along with many other family members and friends. He is predeceased by his father George, 4 uncles, one aunt and his mother in-law Elaine Applegate.
Dan was born in Edson, Alberta on May 19, 1957. The family finally settled in Kenora in 1969. Dan completed his education in Kenora before attending Ontario Police College. He began and completed his career as a police officer with the Kenora Police service. He retired in 2009 as Chief of Police for Kenora.
Dan is best remembered for his sense of adventure and the passion he brought to everything he did. He was most passionate about his wife Brenda (aka Pookie) and his family, his motorcycle George (named after his father), community issues, skydiving, ice and rock climbing and just about anything he could be challenged by. Anything Dan did, he committed fully to and would stick with it until he reached his goal.
Dan was known as someone you could call when you needed help. It would be hard to find someone who knew Dan who did not have ‘when Dan helped me’ story. Even as a child, he loved to help out and challenge himself. His time in Scouting as a youth helped lay the groundwork for his future interest in adventure and helping others. He served as Sergeant at Arms for Kenora’s Hindenburg Line Chapter of Canadian Army Veterans motorcycle unit and was co-chair for Making Kenora Home. Dan was also active in Saint Albans Cathedral where he was a Sunday school teacher for over two decades.
Dan has always loved to fly- both inside of planes and outside. He attained his pilot’s license in 1978. Dan has been a passionate skydiver since 1992 (5 hours, 2 minutes, 25 seconds of free fall and 572 jumps) and was recently honoured in the Canadian Sport Parachute publication. For Dan, ‘good to the last drop’ had nothing to do with coffee. His latest interest has been to master flying the motorized parachute he recently purchased. His attempts to master his latest project were ‘foiled’ as every time he would take it out, the wind would die. Dan also loved to dive. He was certified in 1981 and went on to use his skills both professionally and to help out his friends and others who needed his skills as a diver. Dan took on every challenge he was faced with ‘full on- no regrets’.
Memorial services will be held under the Whitecap Pavilion on the Kenora Harbourfront on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity c/o 50 Kay Street W., Kenora, Making Kenora Home, Unit 6 - 308 Second Street S. Kenora, or St. Alban’s 312 Main Street South, Kenora. All causes dear to Dan's heart.
Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.