Peter  Sorensen

Peter Henry Sorensen

Tuesday November 10, 1936 - Monday July 13, 2020
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''Peter Henry Sorensen, loving husband, father, grandfather
Long time employee of Hoffmann La Roche and Nutley ‘Santa’"

Peter Henry Sorensen, 83, of Nutley, NJ, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2020. He was born on November 10,1936 to Henry & Rita Sorensen. Peter is survived by his beloved wife of almost 58 years, Patricia Harvey (Pat), and their 4 children: daughter Susan Sorensen, husband Peter Maher; and son David Sorensen, wife Sarah(Alden); daughter Nancy Sorensen Croft, husband David Croft; & son Charley Sorensen. He loved & enjoyed his 9 grandchildren; Peter (PJ), Ryan Elizabeth, Jack, Hunter, Taylor, Madison, Beth, Glenny & Charlotte.

Peter also leaves behind his sister Linda, her husband George Long & sister in law Judy Sorensen, & brother in law Roger Thompson, & many adored nieces & nephews. Peter is predeceased by his brother & best friend, Clark Sorensen, his sister Wendy Sorensen & sister in law Neta Thompson.

Peter was in the Army National Guard for 7 years & then served actively in Germany for 2 more years. He returned home, met & married the love of his life. His career was as a Senior Lab Technician for Hoffmann La Roche for 28 years, retiring in 1995.

Peter & Pat loved to travel, especially long roads trips, as well as to Europe. They also spent every summer since 1975 at his favorite place to vacation with family, Small Point, Maine. Peter was an avid NY Giants Fan and went to many games with his friends and family. He read extensively about WWII, enjoyed doing puzzles, seeing Broadway shows & was a good bridge player.

His favorite thing, aside from his family, was being ‘Santa’. What started as a family tradition in 1995, evolved into him portraying ‘Santa’ for Nutley Rotary and the town of Nutley over several years. He didn’t even need to stuff his belly or whiten his beard. He truly loved as the children whispered their Christmas wishes they often tugged on his authentic whiskers. RIP to our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, Pepa, Poppy and Santa.
Go Giants!

The family will receive visitors at the S.W. BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 267 Centre Street, Nutley, NJ from 10:30-12:30, Friday, July 17th, with a brief memorial service held at 12:00 noon. *Masks are required*

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to: Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad or St Paul's Congregational Church.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Service

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Donations are being accepted for: Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.


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Jimmy Brown

Posted at 08:49am
From Jimmy Brown, to my dear friends Mrs. Sorensen (Pat), Susan, Nancy, Charlie and especially David, my "first best friend," :-)

It is with great sadness that I learned of Mr. Sorensen's (Peter') passing earlier this week. He was a wonderful, kind, gentle man whose warm personality and hospitality I admired when as a kid I knew him. I fondly remember the many Sorensen-Brown family get-togethers during the 1970s (before and after my family moved from Nutley out to Washington, NJ) where, among other things, Peter would have long, lighthearted chats with my dad -- his buddy and fellow Hoffman LaRoche employee Vince Brown -- while Pat and my mother Becky did the same, as David and I, and Susan and my sister Melissa (and Nancy and Charlie too) spent carefree hours running around playing and amusing and enjoying ourselves with our shared imaginations, boundless energies and senses of humor.

Mr. Sorensen was a "class act." I recall one episode in which he sent me and David over to the corner store to buy a gallon of milk. Upon returning with the jug, I accidentally dropped it on the living room carpet, and it broke and spilled a disastrous amount of the liquid onto the carpet. He had the graciousness to say "Dammit, David!" instead of "Dammit, Jimmy!", for which I will always be grateful.

All kidding aside, my heart goes out to all of you in your time of loss and grieving. Take comfort in knowing that, as I can attest to from having lost both my dear parents, the love and memories remain forever!

God bless Mr. Sorensen and your whole wonderful family! I will always cherish the fond childhood memories of the times we spent together, which were such a big part of my happy childhood.

Dave, and everyone else, I would LOVE to reconnect with you to both reminisce and catch up, after this whole COVID-19 crisis passes, of course. Hopefully soon! Until then, take care and be well, my friends.

With much love,

Your lifelong dear friend Jimmy Brown

Melissa Brown Blaeuer

Posted at 04:17pm
Gosh! I remember playing with Susan and all the Sorensen kids from the age of 5 to almost 10 with such vivid memories! My dad and mom were also great friends with Peter and Pat. “Mr. Sorensen” was such a nice guy, I remember playing board games and cards with him and the gang at “Oma’s house” on Vreeland Avenue. Maybe he taught us Bridge? I also remember seeing lots of Hagar the Horrible cartoons on the fridge at their home on Bloomfield Avenue. Whatta guy! Your family is rich for your love and great parenting, and I know they will always remember and miss you.

God bless, everyone.

Missy and all the Brown Clan from 518 Prospect Street!

David Choate

Posted at 03:39pm
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Pat and the entire Sorensen family. I have fond memories of Pete and our high school years and the exploits of four "inseparable" pals---Richie Clark, me (David Choate), Roger Coulther and Pete. We last saw each other at our 50th High School Reunion back in 2004. My wife Muriel had the great pleasure of meeting Pete and Pat at that time. Sadly, she passed away 6 days after Pete. I'm sure the two of them are dancing with angels. --David

Love, The Malizia Family

Posted at 09:06am
With deepest sympathy for your loss of such a wonderful, good humored, family guy. Peter will always be remembered warmly and fondly.
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