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December 16, 1929 — June 1, 2020

William Anders Kortegaard died peacefully on June 1, 2020 in Kelowna, BC. He was born in Randers, Denmark on December 16, 1929.

After having served in the Danish Navy and the Merchant Marine for several years as an engineer, he immigrated to Canada in 1955. He met and married Marrit Guldager Pedersen shortly after his arrival. They had three sons together while they lived in several interior BC cities, settling finally in Nelson. In 1998, after retirement from the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, he and Marrit moved to Kelowna, where Marrit died later that year. He married Morag Rowan Robertson in 1999. He is survived by his wife and three sons Gorm (Eunice), Rolf (Debbie), Scot (Shalni); five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In Denmark he is survived by his brother Poul (Birthe) and sisters Inger (Gunner) and Tove, along with their families.

He was a kind, intelligent, dedicated, and hard-working man. He was a husband and father, second to none. He lives in our hearts and minds and will be forever remembered.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, www.kghfoundation.com. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

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  • Kim Cady (KERR) says:

    Sorry very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you.


    We were so sorry too have read the obituary of Mr. Bill Kortegaard in Penticton Herald. this morning.
    Gordon worked along side of Mr. Kortegaard while in Nelson. B.C..
    Mr. Kortegaard made sure he keep in touch with Gordon right up to just a short while ago.
    Mr. Kortegarrd will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have met him.
    Do Take Care..
    Gordon & Mollie Speechley

  • Tim Matlock and Wendy Cary (Matlock) and families says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Kortegaard’s passing. We remember him in the background of many Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band events. Our thoughts and prayers to Gorm, Scott, Ralph and their families.

  • dave Coletti says:

    My thoughts are with your family at this time.
    Take Care

  • Birthe and Poul Kortegaard Jyllinge Denmark says:

    We send our condolences to the family, and wish you all the best,

  • Inger Kjaer-Hansen says:

    My family and I send our condolences to you all. We will miss our weekly contact with William, but now we know, that he is without pain. We will always remember him as a very dear brother , brother-in-law and uncle.

  • Pauline, Mary & Anna Bowcock says:

    Dear Kortegaard family,
    We just want to express our condolences. We still can picture him and Rolf marching in the Kootenay Kilte pipe band. Our very best wishes to you all.

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