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SORGE – The Very Rev. Keith Francis VF

August 21, 1948 – October 24, 2010

The Very Rev. Keith Francis Sorge VF passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010 in Medicine Hat at the age of 62 years.

Father Keith was born in Pincher Creek, AB on August 21, 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1976 by Bishop Paul O’Byrne at St. Michael’s Church, Pincher Creek. Father Keith ministered in parishes throughout the Calgary Catholic Diocese for over 34 years including the City of Calgary, Bow Island, Foremost, and Brooks. At the time of his passing he was pastor of Holy Family Parish, Medicine Hat.

Father Keith is survived by his siblings; Nadine (Bill) Hall, Roslyn (Keith) Tomchuk, Wilfred (Bev) Sorge, Terry (Deb) Sorge, Allen (Mary Ann) Sorge, Patrick (Faye) Sorge, Danny (Cathy) Sorge, David (Wendy) Sorge and Donny (Lori) Sorge. He was predeceased by his parents Harry Wilfrid Sorge and Josephine “Annie” Sorge.

Memorial Masses will be celebrated at Holy Family Church (1451 Strachan Road S.E. Medicine Hat, AB) on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. and also on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church (958 Christie Avenue Pincher Creek, AB).

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be concelebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with The Most Rev. Frederick B. Henry DD Principal Celebrant. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Calgary, AB. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial tributes maybe made directly to Mission Mexico www.missionmexico.com c/o St. Michael’s Church P.O. Box 56 Bow Island, AB T0K 0G0, 403-545-2023

In living memory of The Very Rev. Keith Sorge VF, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Greetings From Nova Scotia,
    I was saddened to learn of Father Keith’s Death. Father Keith offen used the words that Jesus spoke ” Do this in memory of me.” My memories of my friend go back over 30 years, when we were preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Over the years we kept contact and shared our journey together in the bond of priestly srevice. We visited each other frequently in the early years, I had the pleasure to welcome your parents with Keith, here in Cape Breton. Keith was a great friend and I will miss him. The greatest gift that he had was his love of the people of God, a good listner and most importantly his gift of laughter. He always enjoyed the joy of others and shared his experiences with them. He will be remembered truly a faithfull servant of the Lord. You will be in my prayers as you say farewell to your Brother. Iwill offer my mass for him on the day of his funneral and we will be together in prayer.
    Yours in the Lord,
    Father Leo Boone

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  2. Valerie (Lunn) Bougerolle :

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of Keith. I remember him from when we were kids but hadn’t seen him for quite some time.

    Sincerely,

    Valerie

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  3. Clarence and Shirley MacPhail :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Fr. Keith’s passing.We knew him through St Patrick’s Parish in Calgary where each spring we would pray for him not to be transferred. He would always be happy when the time time came and went and he was still with us. We will treasure the laughs and his witty sense of humour but especially his smile, which he wore all of the time. His workload was heavy in the Parish but he bore it with great dignity and ability. Our hearts are heavy but we know that he is with our heavenly Father and again with his earthly parents. He has deepened our faith and made us better people just by knowing him. Prayers and warm thoughts for the family he has left behind. God Bless

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  4. Denise (Schmidt) Johnson :

    Father Keith will be missed by many. He touched so many lives including my own. Father Keith was ministering at St. Michael’s parish in Bow Island and it was through him that I found my way back to the church. He had a way of making everyone feel welcome and comfortable in his presence. His wonderful smile and the twinkle in his eye is what I will remember most.
    With greatest sympathy
    Denise

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  5. I was very sorry to hear that Father Keith had passed away. Before Father Keith’s ordination, I attended University in Lethbridge with him and his brother Allen and also worked with both of them during the summer while we were students. I remember very well Father Keith’s tremendous sense of humour as well as his enjoyment of and concern for the people around him. I am sure he will be greatly missed by everyone and extend my condolences on his loss. My thoughts are with you. Lorie Dawson

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  6. Rev. Patrick M. Dobec, Ontario :

    It was with profound sadness that I was informed of Keith’s death. It seems like yesterday in some ways we were in seminary together in Toronto and he was a joy to have as a neighbour. When I attended his inspiring ordination in Pincher Creek, one could see why his deep faith was nurtured in such a wonderful family and parish. When I remember Keith it is with a smile because he gave such joy to all who were his friends and brother priests. May his priestly soul rest in peace and unending joy. ” Happy are they who believed in the promises made by Christ !”

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  7. Fr. Keith was a true friend and a mentor for me when I was experiencing a few crosses to bear with health challenges and lost a very close friend at a young age who I sponsored into the Catholic church during Fr. Keith’s tenure at St. Patrick’s Parish in Calgary. He was always so up beat and postive and just high on life. I will always remember him as a saint on earth. I know you are celebrating your life with God in Heaven – Dale

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  8. Yvonne & Ed. Antonishyn :

    Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Fr. Keith, we really enjoyed his sermons at St. Patricks in Calgary. You will be in our prayers.

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  9. Rosalie T. Cote Vandermeer AFJ :

    On behalf of the Pastoral Care Team of St. Patrick’s Parish, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. May our gracious God, in His infinite mercy and compassion, be your comfort during this time of grief.

    Sincerely,

    Rosalie.

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  10. Elizabeth Hill (nee Gamache) :

    I am deeply sorry to hear of Fr. Keith’s passing. I remember him well from High School in Pincher. He was always so full of energy, enthusiasm, and life. He became our family parish priest twice, at St. Mark’s and St. Patrick’s in Calgary. He baptised our youngest son, gave sacrements to our other two sons, and was a wonderful support to our family. We were devastated when he was take from our parish and moved to Medicine Hat. I have many fond memories of him, especially his dry sense of humor and kindness. He is in our prayers, as are you his family. Best regards, Elizabeth, Brian, Sean, Ian, and Andrew Hill (Ken and Jessie Gamache’s family).

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  11. Joe and Amy Amabili :

    Our heartfelt condolences from Langley, B.C.
    It was with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of our good friend and former pastor, Fr. Kieth. We first met Fr. Kieth at St. Patrick’s Parish and through our involvement in the church got to know him very well. We will always remember his dedication and his joyful laugh. God bless him for his years of service. He lives on in our hearts. God bless the family for having share him with us. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Warmest regards,

    Joe and Amy Amabili

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  12. Neil Boyden and Khym Goslin :

    Allen and Mary Ann and families

    We were so shocked to hear of Father Keith’s passing. Thankyou so much Allen for speaking with me yesterday…it helped a great deal.
    Today I attended morning mass at Assumption Roman Catholic church here in Stratford, PEI. Father Phil and the 25 hearty soles that attend weekly mass joined me in a prayer for Father Keith.
    I have been spending the day thinking about all of the great times we shared with Keith since we first met him at the U of L in 1971. In the late 70’s and the 1980’s, we would often find Keith at our doorstep in Lethbridge as he travelled from his different parishes to Pincher Creek! We always made sure there was a bottle of scotch in the cupboard for when he stopped in.
    When we moved here in June, 2008, we stopped in Medicine Hat and had lunch with Keith. I never dreamed that it would be the last time we would be able to share all those wonderful stories of our past together.
    We will miss him.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    God bless.

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  13. Our sincere condolences to all the family of Father Keith. He ministered to our students and teachers for a number of years with grace and wisdom. All of us were able to approach him for guidance and support, and he was quick with a smile and an encouraging word.

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  14. Barb Thompson (Stapleton) :

    I was very shocked to hear of Father Keith’s passing. It has been a number of years since I last saw him but he was always fun to be around,his sense of humor could brighten everyone’s day. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Cousin Barb Thompson (Stapleton)

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  15. Fr. Keith was our psstor at Holy Family Parish in Medicine Hat. He was an incredible man and priest. We will all miss him so much. As co-ordinator of RCIA he made my role so much easier. I feel blessed to have known and worked with him.Our prayers and sympathy to his family and friends.
    Pat and Rick Dorward

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  16. Melanie Chung :

    My deepest condolences to Father Keith’s family.
    You have lost a beloved family member and we have lost a great priest.
    I will always remember the lessons he gave such as “Time, Talent and Treasure” at Stewardship time and the reason why it seems he repeats the sermons is that we probably never heard it the first time.
    May his soul rest in peace.

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  17. Debbie (Quinlan) Taylor :

    Father Keith was a treasure. And for 12 years, those of us at St. Patrick’s Parish in Calgary, were honored and very blessed to have this kind, loving, and humble man share his gift of faith and love for God. He will forever be in our hearts.

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  18. Fr. Peter T. Rowe, Diocese of St. Catharines :

    To Fr. Keith’s family and good number of friends across Calgary Diocese I express my heartfelt sorrow at the loss of a seminary colleague and associate in priestly ministry — one who offered me hospitality on several occasions while visiting the West: happy to say our paths met frequently. He is gone from us too soon, but has left us with pleasant memories and will be ever remembered. I offer my prayers for him and for all who mourn his loss: may God reward him for his priestly zeal and dedication. Sincerely, (Fr.) Peter T. Rowe

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  19. Mercedes Landals :

    Cathy & Danny my prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. May God bless you and your family.

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  20. St. Gerard's Parish CWL - Calgary :

    Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Our prayers are with you.

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  21. Lynda Choiselat :

    I was blessed to meet Father Keith in July at Holy Family Parish while in Medicine Hat. I will always remember his warm welcome and when he found out I was from a Catholic Church in Calgary, he gave me a tour of the church. Rest in peace Father Keith. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

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  22. Brian Fitzsimmons :

    Keith was the best friend you could ask for. He was like a brother to me and a true confidante. He was never one to judge. Always full of love and enthusiasm for all that life had to offer. His memory and energy will live on through me. I never met anyone who always had the right thing to say and I will not forget his infectious laugh and appreciation of all things – no matter how small. Brian

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  23. Milburn Family :

    To the Sorge Family – We are very sorry for your loss. Father Keith was a wonderful light in St Patrick’s Parish, our boys had most of their sacraments with him and he was their school priest – he was always bright, always working hard, a very attentive priest with a delightful sense of humour. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

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  24. Keith and Mary Williams :

    Slncere sympathy to all of Father Keith’s family When we visited our son in Calgary we always looked forward to attending Mass at ST. Patrick’s and listening to Keith’s homily. What a wonderful gift he was to your family and the church. We will truly miss him

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  25. On behalf of my family to the Sorge Family, I would like to send my condolences to you. Fr. Keith will be missed by everyone whom he met, and I send my deepest sympathies.

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  26. norma stewart :

    I met Father Keith in 1995, when I join St. Patricks church in Shawnessy in Calgary and he was so nice to me. He got me to volunteer in the church at different things, cwl,svp and other groups, so I could meet people at the church. Hhe was so kind to me and when I left calgary in 2000, he was at my going away party and said grace at my special dinner and said I would be miss. Then I came back to Calgary, and he moved to away, but I did get to see him again. He was a wonderful person and he will be missed dearly.
    Norma

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  27. sharlyn sorge :

    To the family of Fr. Keith Sorge, We send our deepest Sympathies to all of you. Fr. Keith said the Mass for my father in Pincher Creek. What a wonderful gift you were to the all the Sorges. We will miss you.

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  28. Judy and George Sikorski :

    Fr. Keith married us 30 years ago this past September. We met Fr. Keith when we were going through the pre-marriage course that St. Marks offers. I called him Fr. Elton because to me he looked like Elton John (maybe it was the glasses) at the time. The similarities stopped there, of course. Our sympathies go out to the rest of the family. He truly had a “twinkle” in his eyes and a smile that lit up the lives of others. Our prayers are with you all. God Bless! Judy & George

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  29. It is with sadness that I observe the passing of Father Keith. I knew Father Keith for many years in his capacity as school chaplin. I had the greatest regard for him. He was kind, considerate and supportive of all he came to minister to.
    Our sincere condolences to Keith’s family.. John and Anita Cleary

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  30. Shauna Rivait :

    I’m so sorry to hear of Fr. Keith’s passing – he married me and baptized my daughter while at St. Pat’s in Calgary. He was a kind, soft spoken man and my thoughts & prayers go out to his family and friends at this sad time for them. He’s found his healing happiness in God’s arms now and there is much healing for us here to know that he’s in a far better place … God’s blessed him and will hold him closer than ever now.

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  31. Jerry Deneve :

    I have just learned of the passing of Fr. Kieth. I was an alter sever at St. Marks for him in the 1980’s in Calgary. He had a huge impact on my youth. He ministered to my friends and family, all of the Sacraments throughout the years. I have nothing but the fondest of memories of him. The way he could put you at ease and make you laugh has stuck with me for many years. I only hope that I can be half the man he was. I will pray for him and his family.

    GOD BLESS

    Jerry Deneve

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