Kory Strong

December 20, 1949December 27, 2020

Our family is deeply saddened to announce that Kory passed away, peacefully at home as she wished, and surrounded by the close knit family that loved her. Predeceased by her mother Rowletta and father Martin. Survived by sons Alex (Emma), and Graham (Ali) and husband of 34 years David. Also survived by other family members, Shirley, Gail (Mike), Eric (Dolores).

Kory wanted you to know that she bravely battled Sporadic CJD this past year, knowing she could not defeat it’s inevitable course. Kory was a voracious reader of books, a doting mother to our wonderful sons and the incredible new daughters we never had. She was an accomplished master creator of fine foods, and a nurturer of all things in nature. We will miss her dearly, and feel blessed to carry on her legacy. We will forever remember the countless moments of caring that define this family. Gourmet meals in heaven were just kicked up a notch. Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

“It’s a new year and new life for all of you now” KS


Kory Strong

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Liz Van Essen

January 19, 2021

To David and family,
We are sorry for your profound loss recently and wish to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kory was a lovely kind person and I treasure the brief time I spent planning and working on her new kitchen and bathroom cabinets when your family built your beautiful new home those many years ago. She was easy to work with, had a good sense of humour and was very kind. We hope all your fond memories help you in your grief. Carry her on your shoulder and in your hearts always.
Most sincerely
Liz and Leon Van Essen

Virginia Conway

January 12, 2021

David and family. I am so sorry to hear of Kory's passing. I so enjoyed being able to serve you both on Sundays for special caesars and fish and chips. You two were one of the highlights of my shifts and I always tried to have your special table available. I loved listening to Kory share some of her cooking secrets and how she was making care packages for her boys. Our deepest condolences from Virginia, Laurie and Emily from The Shipyard

Catherine Brandon

January 11, 2021

David, my heart goes out to you and your family. Although I only met Kory on a few brief occasions my son told me stories of how he enjoyed the great food she prepared for him and his friends while visiting your home. She sounded wonderful to me and I can only imagine how you and your sons will miss her. Take good care my friend.

Brad Anthony

January 4, 2021

To David, Alex & Emma, Graham and Ally, My heartfelt and deepest condolences to you all. I can't begin to express my feelings as this is such an overwhelming loss. I had the good fortune to have met Kory in 1986 and to be present when she and Dave married in the rose garden of Shirley and Marvin Strong in North Delta. We met again in 2000 in Calgary and at that time, I also met Alex and Graham for the first time. I spent time with them at their home in Duncan and again in Scottsdale and we always enjoyed a lot of laughs and good times. Kory doted on me whenever I was with them. She always offered to cook for me and to do my laundry. She also knew how to keep me in line in a fun loving way. My memories will always be very fond and happy memories of my time spent with Kory and Dave. She was a wonderful woman and she will be truly missed and loved. May her memory always be a blessing.

Eric Strong

January 2, 2021

David, Alex, Emma, Graham and Ali,
Even from the distance apart that we are, Dolores and I feel the loss intensely. Kory was another big sister, who always had something to say in the most interesting way. As she opened herself and her home to us during trips to our BC family, we enjoyed many a 'night's dinner and wine' together where Kory reveled in her love of cooking and creativity. It was clear as well by her interspersed comments about Graham and Alex how much joy she took in her sons.
Our outings which were often a pub lunch, winery or cidery tour followed by a scenic drive through the Cowichan Valley, were full of interjected banter while David and I discussed the latest in music.
We will all miss Kory - a special person - and forever keep her memory in our hearts.

Lynne Leone

January 1, 2021

David, Alex (Emma) and Graham(Ali),
My very deepest, heartfelt condolences to all of you..

Kory loved you all more than anything in this entire world. My husband Rob and I met Kory and David when they moved in across the street from us in Coquitlam many years ago. We became instant friends! We shared so many happy times together over the most amazing meals Kory cooked (and David's fine wines!) with our children Robert and Jenny. Whenever we were invited to Kory and David's for dinner, they're faces would light up and they'd race us across the street! Over the years Kory and I would go for long walks along the river with David , Rob and our children and dogs and just laugh and enjoy life and nature. Such wonderful, happy memories.....Kory would tease David endlessly and we'd all laugh, but we knew he was her "ROCK" and the "LOVE" of her life. And then the most miraculous thing happened...Kory and David became parents and their lives changed forever!! I have never seen more loving, devoted, proud parents EVER! Alex and Graham were truly gifts from Heaven..... Kory and David were ecstatic becoming parents and Kory's role as a Mother was the most important and beautiful thing in her life.... and always would be. "Nothing" was ever more important than Alex and Graham and you could clearly see and feel how much she adored them. They brought so much joy and love into her life and she was so very proud of them. Kory, you have touched my life and heart so profoundly with your amazing spirit that it would never be possible to find the right words to express how very much you mean to me...You told me not to be sad, to be happy. So I will honour your wish and memory by loving fiercely like you did, all that is important in life. "FAMILY" I love you for all of Eternity my dearest, beautiful friend... and "greatest teacher."
And remember, if you give Rob a foot massage, he has to cook you a prawn dinner!!

Dolores Smith

January 1, 2021

Kory generously welcomed me into her home as a sister-in-law married to David's brother (Eric) each time we visited from Ontario, graciously opening her home, going on sightseeing trips with us and always making us feel comfortable. I enjoyed experiencing her 'telling it like it is' directness, diverse discussions and points of view, as well as the chances to see her warm heart and sensitivity under a strong exterior. There is no doubt that she helped David raise two truly wonderful young men who return her love by likewise loving her greatly. Kory will remain cradled in my heart...not forgotten and lovingly remembered.

Marilyn Bowman

January 1, 2021

Kory we will miss you. Your fun & caring ways. Your amazing cooking whether it was a delicious desert you bought to share in our home or the full on fine dining in yours.
Your love of family shone through in everything you did. As I have always said you & David raised the best sons and now they have found themselves the best wives. A tribute to you my dear.
Rest In Peace Kory.
With love & gratitude for the parts of your life that you shared with Geoff and me.

Jean Morgen

December 31, 2020

David, Alex & Graeme, I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers🙏

Bill and Lona Robson

December 29, 2020

David, Graham and Alex, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Kory.
You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time.