Benny Kaergaard Sorensen, 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Foster City, Calif. On July 20, 2021, surrounded by his loving family and with his beloved pug Zoey by his side. He was married for 48 years to his wife and constant travel companion, Mary Ann Sorensen, and leaves behind two children, Lisa and Eric (Jenny) Sorensen and his sister Elsabet (Jannis) Makropoulos in Denmark. Born on February 12, 1944, Benny grew up in Grenaa, Denmark, the youngest of ten children. With the desire to travel and explore the world rooted in his youth, at age 16, Benny had the opportunity to cross the Atlantic to join his brothers Hardy, Eigil and Leif Sorensen who had emigrated to Canada. There he acquired skills as a car mechanic, but his real interest was in flying machines. Attracted by the promise of fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot, Benny joined the US Air Force in 1963 and was stationed in Vietnam. Upon his return, he studied aeronautical mechanics at the College of San Mateo and began working for citizenship. During his 34-year career as a mechanic and inspector with United Airlines at SFO, Benny took the opportunity to travel the world. He has always been passionate about adventure, from the summit of Kilimanjaro to exploring Peru and Colombia with his new honeymoon wife. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot in 1968 and enjoyed airplanes, air shows and flying. Benny has been a flight instructor for decades and has been heavily involved in general aviation, serving as the flight director for United Airlines Flying Club in San Carlos for many years.
Benny was also an avid sailor and loved his boats and taught his children to sail from a dock on the lagoon in his backyard. He and friends from the Potter Yachters Club met for weekly errands at Ryan Park and he loved the bay and the ocean sails aboard his son’s boat, Nanu. Boat trips allowed him to discover more of the world during his retirement years, and he planned many cruises to exotic locations with Mary Ann. The couple have also made countless trips across the country and across Canada in their RVs. Benny loved football as a fan, player and coach. In addition to coaching his son and daughter’s teams during their formative years, he played in a local men’s league. An expert mechanic, he has tinkered with a garage full of tools all his life, often helping others in need. From fixing a blown joint with a can of coffee on a ski trip to designing a scam machine that could deliver a surprise shock to anyone who dared to hang on, Benny was a talented if not creative handyman. Although several hits slowed him down in his later years, Benny was still eager to embark on the next adventure. On his last trip, he will travel with his family for private memorial services, which will take place on August 27 off Santa Cruz.