Edgar Wilson Strain

April 5, 1922July 13, 2012

In Loving Memory of

Edgar Wilson Strain

Edgar Wilson Strain passed away at his home on Friday July 13, 2012, at 90 years of age.

Edgar is survived by his sons Lindsay (Dorothy) and Gregg (Mary) and daughter Megan; granddaughters Larisa (Guy) and Siobhan; sister Lois Hoshwa; sisters -in-law Shirley Strain and Josie Strain. He was predeceased by his wife Isabella, parents Edgar and Eva, his sister Thomasina, brothers Neil and Lorne and brothers-in-law Nick Hoshwa and Ted Jorgenson.

Edgar was born in Kenora. He volunteered for service in the RCAF during WWII and served in Canada, England and throughout Europe. When he returned he married the love of his life, Isabella, and started a family. He worked at Williams Hardware for ten years and then founded Strain’s Stationery, later partnering with his brother Neil in the business until his retirement in 1987.

He was very involved in the community and his contributions of service and community development included work on the Kenora Thistle Hockey Team Board, serving as a trustee for the Kenora School Board, work on the Kenora Minor Hockey Association, board membership on the Central Community Club, the Kenora Economic Development Committee, a co-chair of the building committee for the original Kenora Recreation Centre and a field agent for Ducks Unlimited. He helped many other community groups and charities.

After his retirement, he followed his many interests which included sculpture, nature, gardening, architecture, the family camp, woodworking, reading, music and genealogy. He pursued these interests with passion, intellect and humour. His stories were enjoyed by family and friends. His wealth of knowledge will be missed. His ideas and actions influenced and inspired many.

Immediate cremation has taken place.

A private family service will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions of time or donations to a local charity of one’s choice would honour his life and service.

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July 23, 2012

A few years ago Edgar and I discovered that we were both searching for Henry and Jane Strain in Ireland in the 1820s. They left Ireland for America in 1834 with two boys, Robert (Edgar's GGrandfather) and Francis (my GGrandfather). As family genealogists, we shared the search for them and their families through early Ontario. Although we never met, I found Edgar to be a delightful companion. He was a man of many interests and talents. I will miss our exchanges and conversations.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. They can all be assured that the 180 year old bond that brought Edgar and I together will not be soon forgotten.

Edward (Ted) Strain, Caledon, Ontario

Dino and Antonella Zollino

July 19, 2012

The Zollino's were Edgar's next door neighbour and he was a very energetic, considerate and kind person. He was always ready to lend his assistance or advice and he will be greatly missed. We pray for his family in there time of sorrow for hope and uncertainty for peace.

Dino, Antonella, Sarah and Elizabeth.

July 17, 2012

Well Edgar -- although I never met you personally, I have come to know you from all our letters - pictures and phone calls we have shared this past twenty years. Ol' chum I am visualizing you sitting up there in a boat with your favourite rod and reel in hand and talking over old times with your grand
father Tom Wilson. Tom's sister Jane (my grandmother) may be sitting nearby taking in the conversation. You are also probably catching up on all your genealogy and filling in many of the blank spots as you now can speak to all your ancestors personally !
Believe me I will miss you and to your family I send my sincere condolences.
Patrick Patterson Pembroke / Renfrew