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Charles Corky Stroman

June 29, 1943January 27, 2020

Charles “Corky” Stroman passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 in Queens, New York, surrounded by his family, he was 76.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware to Charles and Frances Stroman, young Corky was a loving older brother to sisters Susan and Deborah. Growing up in a musically-inclined family, Corky showed great talent for the piano, organ, and trumpet from a very young age. In the 50s, he cut a dashing figure as the front man of his touring band, "The Illusions." In the 60s, he settled in Puerto Rico and opened up what soon became the island’s most popular nightclub, "Corky’s." There, he sang and played the Hammond organ, as well as hosted top visiting musicians and singers. Later on, he returned to touring, playing across the country with the “Corky Stroman Trio.” After retiring from music, Corky went on to have a second career as a real estate agent in Puerto Rico. He spent some of his happiest years living near the beach in Palmas del Mar. Later in life, he moved to New York to be closer to his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Doris (Little Corky) and Sasha, his sisters, Susan and Deborah, his grandchildren, Jack and Luna, his nephews, Travis and Maverick, and his niece, Desiree, as well as his aunt, Phyllis, and his cousin, David.

Corky was a smart, headstrong man with razor-sharp wit, and he will be missed by all who knew him. He was a devoted tennis fan and will always be remembered for his fervent passion for music.


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Robert Diaz

February 17, 2020

I was the DJA at Corky's at that time we sorry will always be remember

Debra Moore

February 6, 2020

Corky was a good friend and client to me in Palmas del Mar for a number of years. I thought about him often when he left. Rest in peace, Corky. Give them all some good music!

Kathleen Dunlap

February 2, 2020

I will never forget my big cousin, Corky. Everybody loved him, especially me. He always had time for me when we little. He took me to the movies every Saturday when I was little and made me laugh so loud that we almost got kicked out of the theatre ---- ever week ! ----- In the winter, he took me sledding (and I always hated the cold but I loved my Cousin Corky) so I went and had a wonderful time. In the summer, he would look out his kitchen window to check on me as I swam in the pool down on the patio and he would squirt the kitchen sink sprayer through the screen at me. He'd let me hang around his band (The Illusions) when they were practicing. Then, as things happen, we grew up and grew apart. But when I last saw him many years ago, he was as charming and amusing as ever. His leaving this earth is such a tragedy; but he will live on in my heart forever.

Diana McLaughlin

January 30, 2020

I met Corky while he was a quest in my home. We laughed and laughed and laughed! I will remember him with a smile.
RIP Corky Senior you’re gonna love your room in heaven