Gordon Carl Strasser, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020 with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Carl was born October 26, 1942, son of Gordon and Ruby (Schmidt) and grew up on a farm just outside of Sebringville with his three loving sisters Wannetta, Kathy, and Judy. He attended Ellice Township Public School, followed by a brief stint at Stratford Collegiate Institute, but school wasn’t his favourite thing. When his father passed away suddenly on Carl’s birthday in 1959, he stepped into his father’s place to help his mother run the family farm, a large responsibility for such a young man. In 1961 he married Marion Dietrich at Trinity Anglican Church in Sebringville. After his mother decided to sell the farm in 1963, Carl and Marion settled in Sebringville to raise their two boys Steven and Paul. It was then that he started a career with Beaver Lumber doing carpentry work as part of the Beaver Homes Warranty Program. He also became a volunteer fireman of the newly formed Downie-Ellice Fire Department, where he would be a member for 8 years. In 1969, he began coaching fastball with the Sebringville Athletic Association. He became president of the Association in 1972 and served for two years. He assisted with park improvements and continued coaching for many years. In 1976 he decided to leave Beaver Lumber to take a job with Hoffmeyer’s Mill in Sebringville where he worked until his retirement in 2011. A Master Craftsman, he enjoyed the challenge of the many doors, windows, and cabinets he created, but one of his proudest moments was his appearance in a music video from 2006 when the band Emerson Drive came to the mill to shoot footage for their hit song “A Good Man”. After retiring, and not being much of a traveller, Carl and Marion enjoyed spending time grooming their gardens, receiving many compliments from neighbours and friends. Carl also took on the task of keeping up with Marion’s perpetual honey-do list. He was always willing to offer sound advice or provide an extra pair of hands to anyone who asked. He would overachieve in any task. Visits from neighbours, many great friends, and of course family always capped the day. Carl leaves behind Marion, his loving wife of 58 years, sons Steven (Denise) and Paul (Luann), sisters Wannetta Malott, Kathryn Nason, and Judy Potter (Tom), brother-in-law Lorne Dietrich, grandchildren Meagan (Gabriel), Amy Culliton (Scott), Ryan (Tessa), and Allison (Dakota), great-granddaughter Lucy, and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was so proud of his family. Carl was pre-deceased by his parents, brother-in-law Leonard Wright, and sisters-in-law Rose Dietrich and Marlene Wright. It broke our hearts to let him go, but we have so many fond memories of him that we will cherish and hold dear always and forever. He was one-of-a-kind, a man of choice words, and could bring a smile and many laughs to all. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and big brother, Carl was a good man that will be missed. Carl wanted to make sure we thanked his doctors and their staff during his fight with this disease. Thank you to the London Cancer Clinic, especially Dr. Blanchette, Dr. Qu, and Amy Westbrook, for the very professional care they provided, and to Dr. Jason Bandey, Jennifer, and his staff in Stratford—he always left your office feeling that he was in great hands. Special thanks to Kendall and the VON nurses as well. You all did an amazing job in these difficult times. Lastly, we would like to thank Dr. Thomas, as well as Wayne Young and the staff at W.G. Young Funeral Home for the service they provided Carl and our family, it was very peaceful. Cremation has taken place and a family celebration of life will take place at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in honour of Carl, we ask that it be to the London Cancer Clinic, Sebringville Athletic Association, or the charity of one’s choice and may be made through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com


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