Keith Ivan Strachan
May 18, 1930 – January 11, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Keith Strachan at the Atikokan General Hospital Extended Care wing with his loving family by his side.
Kieth was born in Winnipeg on May 18, 1930 and was raised in the Rainy River District by his parents Bill and Orph Strachan. Following Keith’s high school graduation in Fort Frances he moved to Atikokan and soon after began his Electrician apprenticeship.
On September 17, 1955 Keith married Joyce Hannon and they spent 40 wonderful years together raising children, travelling every year and enjoying the beauty of the Atikokan area. Through the years he enjoyed camping with the family. Keith was an avid hunter & fisherman and especially loved having his children and grandchildren by his side. Keith had such pride in his children, grandchildren and family and loved sharing their accomplishments with others.
Keith is survived by his son Ivan (Jane), daughter Wendy Bobby, grandsons Edward (Heidie), Mark (Lindsay) and Matthew, Phillip, and Kevin Bobby., sisters Ethel (Alex) Broski, Sharon (Peter) Braun and great-grandsons Esra and Oliver. He was predeceased by his loving wife Joyce in 1995, his parents, sisters Roxie Gingras and Gwen Cornell.
Keith was employed at Steep Rock Iron Mines as an electrician as well as being on the mine rescue team for 26 years and 12 years with with G. Nephin. He was also a volunteer fireman for 40 years and served on the ambulance crew. Over the years, he was a member of the Atikokan Sportsmen’s Conservation Club, Kiwanis, Fix It Club, and Emo Carving Club. Carving gave him much joy and he excelled in his craft.
A memorial service in Keith’s honour will be held at Riverview United Church (171 Pine Crescent) in Atikokan on Saturday January 25 at 11:00 am. Lunch will follow for a time remembering and sharing.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Keith’s name can be made to the Atikokan Sportsmen’s Conservation Club ( PO Box 788, Atikokan ON, P0T1C0).
Riverview United Church
171 Pine Crescent
Keith Ivan Strachan
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January 15, 2020
Sincere condolences are sent to the family & friends of also my friend & fellow carver Keith. I got to know Keith best through our membership in the Whiskey Jack Carvers Club of Emo, Ontario to which he was truly dedicated. Often times, Bruce Caldwell & I would hesitate driving out from Fort Frances due to inclement weather but upon our arrival there were Keith and his chum Guy who had already driven in from Atikokan ( that's dedication ). Keith was always happy to show the latest carving project he was working on and also very willing to demonstrate some new carving technique to help out a fellow carver.
Although recently, I've not been as active with the Club as I would like, I will always cherish those memories of my friend Keith.
Rest in Peace Keith.