August 25, 1936 – September 8, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a very special man.
Bent left us suddenly, leaving behind his wife Renate, son Jan Jorgensen (Bonnie/Larry Dyck), and daughter Lisa (Robin) Ketch, grandsons Evan, Andrew (Whitney), and Owen Ketch, stepdaughter Ellen Weigel (Lili Murphy), his special little great grandson Parker, and all his family and friends both in the Cowichan Valley and in Denmark.
He will also be sorely missed by his fat little fur baby Disa. His first wife Birgit Jorgensen (mom) predeceased him in 2003 after 42 years of marriage.
Bent was born in Vejle, Denmark, and immigrated to Canada in 1959. He lived mostly in the Cowichan Valley, where they raised their two children.
He became a small hobby farmer and worked as a ticketed saw filer at the old Chemainus Sawmill until it closed in 1983.
He continued his saw filing at Doman’s Mill, retiring in 1991.
In 2001, they sold the farm they had owned for 30 years on Herd Road, retired and moved with Birgit to a new home in Maple Bay. There he continued to have amazing vegetable and flower gardens.
Dad being the strong, caring, full of life, loving man that he was, found happiness again after mom’s passing.
He married his new love in 2006, whom we warmly welcomed to our family. Renate managed to keep dad on his toes, even though he loved to be his cheeky self with her too. She used to threaten him with “keep it up and you’ll wear it!” dishrag in hand.
Dad was out in his backyard, enjoying his prized possession vegetable garden, on a beautiful sunny day when he passed. We as a family spent many moments with him grazing and enjoying what he had grown.
He had an unbelievable life, full of love, that we are honoured to have shared with the best husband, dad, stepdad, papa and great papa.
Bent will forever be missed, and loved by all that knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00p.m. at the Duncan Community Lodge (formally Moose Lodge), located at 2244 Moose Road, Duncan, BC.
In lieu of flowers, online donations in Bent’s name can be made to the Cowichan District SPCA at spca.bc.ca/locations/Cowichan.