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William Strack

William Allen Strack

Sunday, December 18th, 1938 - Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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William Allen Strack
December 18, 1938 - September 20, 2020

William Allen Strack (Al) passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the age of 81.

Al is predeceased by his parents, wife Ericka, sister Betty and 2 children . He is survived by his 5 children, lovingly known by him as the 5 brats; Gina (Gregg), Denise, Dean (Sandy), Theresa, and Peter (Cindy) as well as his grandchildren; Eric, Adam (Ruth), Zachary, Emilee (Jordan), Jessica (Brendan), Tessa (Tom), Alex, Marley (Wade), and Lily (Cody).

The mold was broken when Al (Papa) entered this world in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 18, 1938. He worked a lifelong career at Schneider's and was an avid hunter, fisherman and overall sportsman. At the age of 55, he retired to the infamous "Shack" where he spawned countless woodworking gems (hope chests, canoe paddles, clocks, canes and the most renowned; The Fish Bonker).

Papa was an academic with a creative mind, a true conversationalist, a bird watcher and a student of astronomy with a photographic memory. A true comedian, crossword aficionado, painfully slow gift opener, gardener, Packers fan, and you would never catch him with less than 7 belt loops in his pants. He shared many laughs with everyone he met, especially including (but of course not limited to) his dear friend and neighbour Lynn Cober. Papa was a true family man. He passed on so much love and many valuable lessons, one we will never forget is DO NOT sit in his chair!

Al's family and friends will miss him deeply and we all take comfort in knowing that he is dancing and celebrating with the love of his life; Ericka in heaven.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date where we will play Johnny Cash and raise a glass or 5 (vodka and gatorade, anyone?) to Al.

"We love you Papa and will miss you every day!"

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467).

Visit www.henrywalser.com for Al's memorial.
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Sharon Hemmerle

Posted at 11:53am
So sorry to hear about your loss of papa. He was a great husband and father to Ericka and all you 5 brats ,,lol,,,and he loved you all very much. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. He really was one of a kind. He is with his one and only (Ericka) where he should be. My friend you will be missed. Rest in peace Papa.
Sharon Hemmerle
 
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Denise Bernier Posted at 11:56am

Thanks Aunt Sharon, love you
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Gary Anderson

Posted at 08:18pm
Condolences to the family. Al and I would on occasion go to Breslau for a couple of glasses of beer and a bite to eat after watching a Kitchener Ranger game.
RIP Al. You were a great friend.
Gary Anderson
 
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Denise Bernier Posted at 06:04pm

Thanks Gary, nice memories and kind words
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Jann Sperling

Posted at 06:31pm
I remember as a child vacationing with Al and Erica at Theis's cottages on Lake Dalyrumple. I was very young but remember a gregarious man with a larger then life laugh. So sorry to hear about his passing. My deepest condolences to his family - Jann Kaminska
 
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Denise Bernier Posted at 07:45pm

Thank you Jann, Dalyrumple was fun
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Lori Ravelle

Posted at 01:52pm
My deepest sympathy to the "5 Brats" and to Al's entire family. A beautiful obituary reminding everyone who he was. He will truly be missed but I can see him catching up happily with his love, Erika.

Lori & Doug Campbell
 
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Denise Bernier Posted at 07:46pm

thanks honey
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Kevin Hawkins

Posted at 06:11pm
To the Bernier & Strack family I send my condolences,Al was a good family man who was very much loved by all,Kevin
 
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Denise Bernier Posted at 07:46pm

thank you Kevin
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