Eric STRUM

STRUM Eric David passed away suddenly on December 22, 2007 at the age of 70 years, in Guelph, Ontario. Eric was born April 8, 1937, at his home in Albro Lake, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Ralph and Helen Strum. Growing up on the family farm Eric had fond memories of working with his father, and enjoyed rigging and driving the workhorses. At the age of 16 Eric joined the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He had a keen interest in communications, radios and electronics. He went to Vimy Barracks in Kingston, Ontario and Camp Borden in Angus, Ontario. In 1956 Eric’s unit was sent to Germany. There he met and married Ingrid Kessler. Upon arriving back to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1961, Eric and Ingrid seen the arrival of their first son, Brant, and following to arrive were Gary, Roy and daughter, Ivy. Eric's training continued in Gagetown, New Brunswick, where he completed his Junior NCO course and graduated number one in his class of over 100 soldiers from regiments across Canada. During his time at CFB Gagetown, Eric was also a firearms instructor, and a top marksman in his regiment. While stationed in Kingston, Ontario, Eric became a private pilot in 1967. Army life led Eric and his family to numerous postings in Canada. Eric tracked Russian nuclear missile submarines and engaged in counter-espionage operations against the former Soviet Union. Before leaving the Military, Eric received the Canadian Decoration for his service to Canada. He was proud to serve in Canada's Military for 24 years. Following Eric's retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, he worked for Alberta Government Telephones until he was forced to leave due to medical illness. Eric enjoyed working with electronic equipment; ham radios (VE6FO); radio-controlled aircraft; carpentry; cars; horseback riding with son, Brant; and flying with son, Gary (former commercial pilot); as well as having a passion for dogs along with camping and fishing with his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Helen Strum, and one granddaughter, Lindsay Strum. He is survived by sons, Brant (Lynn) Strum; Gary (Gail) Strum; Roy (Cindy) Strum; and his daughter Ivy (Richard) Morton. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Stacey, Corrie, David, Matthew, Molly and Clara. He will be sadly missed by his close friends Ray Clowes, Bruce Fernie, Ken Walker; Eric's extended family, Uncles Ted, Merritt and John; and cousins Dr. Ed Hartley, Lorna Slock and many others. Funeral services and internment will be held in Bruce Mines, Ontario, in the summer of 2008 with Bishop Stephen Reber of North Carolina, U.S.A., officiating.


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