Strachan, Edwin John
Edwin John Strachan passed away on April 27, 2011 at Kelowna, BC at the age of 85 years.
Edwin was sadly predeceased by his brother William Leslie Strachan, and two sisters Frances Strachan and Isobel Costa.
He will be remembered by his loving wife of 60 years Marie; daughter Penny (Leroy) Stein; sons Leslie (Shirley), and David (Anne); grandchildren Lisa (Jamie), Mark (Yunita), Cail, Clinton (Courtnee), Sarah (Jeff), Cameron (Katie), Carmen, Patrick, Sean, great grandchildren Mairin and William; sisters Margaret Bigler, Beth McHardy, Shirley Wishlove; brother Gordon (Arlene) Strachan and many nieces and nephews.
Edwin enlisted with the Canadian Forces in Winnipeg in 1944, at the age of 18. He served in WWII with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, and was wounded during the liberation of Holland. He spent one year with the occupation forces, with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.
After the war, Ed followed his family to Kelowna, and went to work with J.W. Hughes on the farm/orchard. After a few years, he moved on to Sun- Rype as a shipper/receiver, where he remained for 35 years. His free time was very ‘family centred’; he loved camping and the outdoors, and was a great sports fan – especially when it came to his children and grandchildren. He was a goal judge for over 25 years – officiating for the Packers and the Buckeroos.
Ed was a dearly loved father, grandfather, great grandfather and good friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
The family wished to extend a special “Thank You” to Dr. Hignell and the terrific staff at Kelowna General Hospital for the great care that Ed received.
A private family service will be held. Memorial donations in Ed’s name may be made to the Kelowna Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2.
Ed has left a wonderful legacy of love
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com. Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.