SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio, Texas - Harold "Hal" Peter Sorensen Jr., 62, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 7, 2019, at Methodist Hospital, with his family by his side.
He was born Nov. 30, 1956, in Plainfield, New Jersey, the first of seven sons born to Harold Peter Sr. and Theresa Sorensen. His early childhood was spent in the hamlet of Stelton, New Jersey, (Edison Township) until moving to the Sorensen homestead in Morris, where he attended and graduated from Morris Central School.
Harold attended Middlesex County Community College in New Jersey where he pursued an associate degree in liberal arts, until moving to San Antonio, Texas. Harold fell in love with San Antonio, Texas, and it is there that he found his passion for painting, going on to become a master painter with a thriving business, Hal's Custom Painting.
How can one ever describe Harold Sorensen completely? He was a devoted husband, loving son, inspiring father to his son, Bjorn, loyal brother, best friend, creative musician, guitar craftsman, wild child and funny storyteller. Harold knew, admired and influenced so many people during his lifetime. He always saw the good in people, brought out the best in them and loved to write thought-provoking songs. Harold was active in the San Antonio music community and created original guitars, as well as "up-cycled" broken instruments into works of art.
Hal would make his annual pilgrimage to the family farm in Morris, where he would help on the farm, enjoy time with family and spend time with his parents, brothers, cousins and longtime friends.
Harold Peter Jr. is predeceased by his dear brother, Raymond Sorensen; as well as his grandparents.
He will be missed by his loving wife, Susan Michael Sorensen of San Antonio; his loving son, Bjorn Sorensen of Fort Worth, Texas; his parents, Harold Sr and Theresa Sorensen, of Morris; his brothers, David Sorensen (Sheryll) Greenbrook, New Jersey, Karl Sorensen, St Johnsville, Frank Sorensen, Morris, Alan Sorensen (Jane) Rock Hill and Christian Sorensen (Dale) Memphis, Tennessee; as well as his wife's family, John and Mary Joy Michael, Beth Villalpando and David and Jill Michael.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who loved their Uncle Harold. Listed oldest to youngest they are, Christine Winkler (Rob), Michael Villalpando, David Sorensen Jr., Christopher Sorensen, Kevin Sorensen (Crystal), Maximie Sorensen, Justin Sorensen, Andrew Sorensen, Jaclyn Sorensen, Mykayla Sorensen, Sara Sorensen, Ashlyn Michael, Shawn Sorensen, John T. Michael, Eliza Sorensen; and his great-nieces, Gina Winkler and Kira Sorensen.
We will always carry Harold's memory in our hearts. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and loved ones.
A family gathering will be held in Morris to celebrate Harold's life on July 6.
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Jul 22, 2019
I miss you so much my baby!
Joe Linzer
Jun 26, 2019
Harold was a great guy, a good friend and my cousin. Quick with a joke, he bought cheer with him wherever he went. He was an accomplished musician, and could make up songs on the spot, with hilarious, clever lyrics. He will be missed.
Sheryll & Dave Sorensen
Jun 26, 2019
We will miss our brother, and most fun uncle, but we made so many great memories and he will be in our hearts forever!
Carlos & Beth Austin
Jun 25, 2019
His smile lives on.
Susan Price
Jun 25, 2019
So sorry you lost Hal so unexpectedly. I know he was special, creative and amazing.
Travis Blair
Jun 25, 2019
Thank you so much for the joy that you shared with me the short time that I knew you. I will miss you my brother, we will all miss you. It was a joy for me to see you come in the door with your beautiful smile magnificent attitude and we never know what you were going to bring in 'but it always sounded good,' rest in peace my brother. You will always be in our hearts.
Rusty and Darlene Gauthier
Jun 25, 2019
In 1978 I moved into my first apartment at the Silver Sands (I think) and I met Hal in the breezeway coming and going to work. He had a blue and white Honda 350 motorcycle and one day he says someone is stealing the mirrors off my bike. I offered for him to store his bike behind my patio fence. Little did we know this friendship would last a lifetime. Time went on and we both moved away. One day a new taco stand opened up on Hildebrand and San Pedro called Taco Cabana. We met up again there and resumed where we left off discovering we just lived a few blocks apart. We were simultaneously rebuilding two old homes and during this time we joined forces to put our homes back together again ev...en going so far as to dumpster dive and cherry pick the best wood from the 09 neighborhoods to use on our projects.(Sorry Susie about the hot tub we drug back to your place - didn't quite measure up). He was a painter and I was a paperhanger and our trades put us into the same circles once again. We raised our kids together and spent weekends doing the backyard parties and holiday gatherings like midnight mass on Christmas eve. Our lives went along sharing all the events one goes through with Hal creating a personal soundtrack to our lives through his witty lyrics played on his exceptional hand made guitars. Just like Hal, he saw me working with 1/4 birch plywood and wanted to know if he could use the remaining piece to build a guitar. He did and it was an out of this world masterpiece. It rocked! The custom handmade finish was a Sorenson work of art. My uncle passed away and I inherited his tools including a bandsaw. I knew exactly who needed it. Score. Hall and I loaded that bandsaw up and took it to his workshop. For the next several years he continued to build one outstanding guitar after another each unique in its design and color. We couldn't wait to see what you were working on next. Hal, you entertained us and made us forget life's dramas for awhile and even led us down the off roading path on your 4 wheeling excursions. There will never be another like you and we are so blessed you were a lifelong friend on our life's journey. Hal, you are a true craftsman, musician, and best of all friend. You are with us always.Read more
Jun 25, 2019
Hal you are the coolest and kindest brother in law! It has been such an honor to have known you. Thank you for being a part of our lives❣️ Rest In Peace brother, show um your stuff in heaven❣️ God bless n save some partying for I get there😘
Christine winkler
Jun 25, 2019
My sweet uncle harold. You were such a great man. I was the first grandchild and niece. You had me on your shoulders all the time. You helped me feed the animals and played your music for me all the time. I just see you singing amd playing your guitar smiling and making up funny things... You are an angel and Im going to cherish my memories forever. I will continue to talk about your life and how beautiful and caring you are. I love and miss you.