Kaj Jensen was born February 22, 1930 in Denmark. He grew up on a farm, and came to Canada (alone) at the age of 20. He worked in logging for several years, and then got interested in fishing. His first boat was a small gillnetter, and then he “moved up” to troller (“Regal I”). It proved to be the ideal occupation for him – he could live on the boat and be self-employed, all in a natural environment, and in the winter when fishing was closed, he could still work in logging.
In 1967 he chose Port Hardy for a winter port, and there, through mutual friends, met Doris Bland (widow of a fisherman). They eventually married and had a son, Timothy. They lived in Nanaimo for the first 6 years and in 1971, Kaj built a new (fibreglass) trolling boat, the “Madrona”.
In 1977 they moved to Ucluelet, where they lived “off the grid” for nine years until they built a house. When Kaj reached the age of 65, the fishing resource was deteriorating, so he sold the boat and they bought a hobby farm at Coombs. There, for the next twelve years, he raised chickens and a few sheep.
During this time, he and Doris joined the Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community, whose building was still in the planning stage, and when it was finished in 2009, they sold the farm and moved in. His handyman skills were much appreciated there until he became unable to do the work.
In March of 2014, he was diagnosed with cancer, and slowly weakened until he died on March 13, 2015.
Besides his wife and son, he is survived by his only sister, Eva Jepsen in Denmark, and most of her descendants. His younger brother, Eigil (unmarried), died previously.
He will be sorely missed by the members of Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community.