Orla Mortensen

Obituary of Orla Kirkegaard Mortensen

July 2, 1941 – Aadum, Denmark

May 14, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Orla Mortensen on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the age of 80 years. 


Orla was born in Aadum, Denmark on July 2, 1941, and lived in Tarm, a small-town west of Aadum, until he immigrated to Canada (Saskatchewan) in 1967 at the age of 25. He moved to Calgary in 1974 and worked as a crane operator until his retirement in 2006.  He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers from 1974-2006.   


Orla was an avid volunteer with the Danish Canadian Club of Calgary and spent many weekends at the club reminiscing with his Danish friends. He enjoyed traveling with his children and grandchildren to Mexico and travelled often to Denmark to visit family and friends.  He also travelled extensively with his sister Else, exploring many countries and cultures.


Orla had a quiet and kind demeanor and an infectious smile.  He loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.      


He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sons, Chris (Jessica) and Cory (Desire); his daughter Karen Johns (Mal); grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jory, Greyson, and Mia; his sisters, Ruth, Birthe, and Else of Denmark, his former spouse, Debbie; as well as his friend and travel buddy, Oscar and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents, Janus Kirkegaard and Karen Margarethe (nee Nielsen).


Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway, Fish Creek (14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Alberta) on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Orla’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Family and friends are invited to the Canadian Danish Club (727 - 11th Ave. S.W.) after the funeral service. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Orla Mortensen, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.


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Funeral Service

10:00 am
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Fish Creek Funeral Home
14441 Bannister Road SE
Calgary , Alberta, Canada
(403) 256-9575


11:00 am
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Canadian Danish Club
727 - 11th Ave. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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