Walter Edward “Wally” Strain, 62, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 at La Verendrye General Hospital. He was born Sept. 19, 1940 in Chapple Township, Ont. to the late Edward and Geneva Strain.
Wally grew up in Rainy River District and attended high school in Fort Frances. He served with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1962 until 1965.
He had worked for the CNR as a brakeman, then began work in 1966 at the local paper mill as a heavy equipment operator, where he was very active in union business.
He retired in 1999 after 33 years of service.
He was a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club, and Ducks Unlimited. He also was a volunteer and coached baseball for the Special Olympics for three years.
He also played in minor hockey in Fort Frances.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting. He was known as the four-season fisherman–spring, summer, fall, and ice fishing–and would fish for anything from coast to coast.
He enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren at Parkview.
Wally was united in marriage March 26, 1966 to the former Hazel Thesenvitz, who survives along with their children, Kimberley Ellen and husband, Rick Payne, of Geraldton, Ont., Blair Edward Strain and wife, Heidi, of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Christopher Carl Strain of Fort Frances, Ont.
Also surviving are three grandchildren, Larissa, Ashlynn, and Ricky Jr.; one brother, Bill Strain and wife, Wendy, of Vegreville, Alta.; two sisters, Phyllis and husband, Jack Dalseg, and Irma and husband, Morgan Hildebrand, all of Nestor Falls, Ont.; a favourite uncle, Ellis Williams of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Geneva Strain; brother, Gordon in 1986; nephew, Dennis Dalseg; niece, Lois Dalseg; and stepfather, Albert Eide.
At Walter’s request, there was no formal funeral service and cremation took place.
Family and friends were invited to gather Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion to celebrate Wally’s life. Rev. Marietta Marshall officiated.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 920 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N4 or to the charity of your choice.