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Carl J. Sorensen, 74, of Saranac Lake, died April 29, 2022. Born in Waterford, NY on September 5, 1947, he was the son of Carl and Alice (Populorum) Sorensen.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University, “The number one party school of its time!” Shortly after graduation, he and his brother “The beast” did a weekend camping trip to Saranac Lake. They quickly called him home. Maybe it was the beauty that attracted them… or the number of bars. Carl got his first job in the area at Mark’s Bar and Grill. Mark’s was introducing many of his stories, including meeting the love of his life.

Carl married Leni DeNicolo on July 1, 1971 in Saranac Lake. They spent 47 wonderful years together before Leni passed away in 2018.

Carl had three passions in life: his family, the Syracuse University sports teams, and antiques. He rarely missed a sporting event, especially when it came to his children. As a result, he became an announcer for the Saranac Lake Redskins football team. His excitement in 1995 when Saranac Lake went to the title game at the Carrier Dome was immeasurable. This day also haunted his children for years after he sang on the radio “We’re going to the Dome, we’re going to the Dome” to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell for the whole town to hear.

He was a connoisseur of antiques. After retiring from the Adirondack Correctional Institution, he sold his prized finds to the Red Canoe. His goal may have been to sell his antiques, but he found more enjoyment in telling stories about the good old days with his customers.

He is survived by his two children, Carl (Sundy) Sorensen of Tupper Lake and Ali (Brandon) McCormick of Lake Placid; four grandchildren, Nathan and Rachel Sorensen of Tupper Lake and Ayden and Eli McCormick of Lake Placid; a sister Barbara Money, of Baldwinsville, NY, and a brother, Jay (Danny) Bauer-Bontempo of Cicero, NY; and beloved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father and mother; his wife Leni and son Kyle; brother ned “The beast” Bauer and his sister Linda Laba.

Those of you who knew Carl know that he would rather give than receive. In lieu of funeral services, please consider donating to Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad or Saranac Lake Civic Center. Funeral arrangements are being made by Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake.


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