In Loving Memory of Lloyd Leslie Strain of Bluffton, Alberta who passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the age of 84 years.
Lloyd was born on November 8, 1931 near Hoadley, Alberta. He attended school at the Iola Community School, and as a young man worked down in Southern Alberta on a few different farms. Lloyd tried his hand in the oilfield, but eventually returned home where he worked as a welder and drove heavy equipment. He met and married Loretta Belanger, and in 1972 they moved near Hoadley where they raised their three children: Darrell, Shauna, and Shane. Lloyd remained on the family farm until 2015, a year after the passing of his wife, Loretta, and at that time he then moved to the Parkland Manor in Rimbey. He loved horses, gardening, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. The Calgary Flames and Stampeders were his teams of choice, along with the Toronto Blue Jays. Lloyd rarely missed a game on TV. He also got a lot of enjoyment from his grandchildren, especially when his grandson played hockey. You could always find him in the stands proudly watching Tyler, never missing a home game. Lloyd was affectionately known as ‘Lloydie’ and ‘Papa’ to his grandchildren. He was also popular in the fall when he went around the countryside handing out free potatoes to his neighbours. Very few knew that Lloyd really loved to read, and he especially enjoyed the poet, Robert Service. Papa we will miss your dry sense of humour and the facial expressions that usually followed. You could always make us laugh.
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”
By Robert Service
Lloyd is survived by his loving children: Darrell (Karen) Strain of Gull Lake; Shauna (Rob) McNichol of Medicine Hat; and Shane (Trudy) Strain of Sylvan Lake; as well as five treasured grandchildren: Tracy (Pete), Tyler (Noelle), Shaye, Abigail and Chloe; and one great granddaughter, Brynley. Lloyd was predeceased by his beloved wife, Loretta on June 5, 2014; his parents, Floyd and Martha; two brothers, Harry and Joe; and four sisters: Lois Fawcett, Dorothy Norstrom, Marjorie Olsen, and Laureen Fawcett.
With respect for Lloyd’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A Private Family Gathering will take place at a later date. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Lloyd’s Memory may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #202, 5913 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4C4 (www.heartandstroke.ab.ca). Condolences to the Strain Family may also be expressed by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Lloyd Leslie Strain entrusted to the care of
OBERHAMMER FUNERAL CHAPELS LTD.