Robert Bruce Strong

Sep 9, 1931 – Apr 4, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Bruce Strong at the Kootenay Lake Hospital, Nelson BC at the age of 86.

Born in Stonewall, Manitoba to John William & Winnifred Strong, the youngest of 8 children.

Bruce married Agnes Irene Violet Gosling in 1950 at Argyle, Manitoba and had 2 children, Lynne & Bob.

He worked at the mine in Bissett, Manitoba.

In May of 1957 he married Elizabeth (Phoosh) Anne Batrako at Surrey BC and had a son Bill.

He worked for Imperial Oil delivering oil. Around 1960 they moved to Ituna, Saskatchewan for a short period of time, then back to BC. They lived in Bridesville and at that time Lynne & Bob joined them. The final move was to Perry Siding in the Slocan Valley in 1968, where Bruce resided right up to his passing.

Over the years Bruce worked at several underground mining operations in Manitoba & BC – Greenwood, Rock Creek, Rossland, Slocan, and Wasa Lake. While still in Bridesville he started his own Diamond Drilling company “Bridesville Drilling”. He had no formal training but was able to repair almost any mechanical apparatus.

In later years they enjoyed their 5th wheel trailer camping out at Trout Lake, Ainsworth and other spots as well as fishing trips. Bruce especially enjoyed his pride and joy – the Big Blue & White boat. Bruce loved to play practical jokes and had a sense of humour that often caught people off guard.

Bruce is survived by his sister Verna Bollenbach of Kelowna BC, his daughter Lynne (Gerry) Hesketh of Osoyoos, son Bob (Debbie) Strong of Slocan and Bill (Heather) Strong of Slocan, and grandchildren Garett (Courtney) Hesketh and their children Robbie and Victoria, Derek (Kelsey) Hesketh and their son Cohen, Cory (Katie) Strong and their children Lincoln and Gracie, Travis Strong, Sheldon Strong (Chelsie), Dale Strong and Jesse Strong.

Bruce was predeceased by 6 of his siblings, his first wife Agnes May 28, 2017, and second wife Elizabeth (Phoosh) March 16, 2006.

Celebration of Life will be held at the Winlaw Hall April 14, 2018 from 1-4 P.M. where a sharing of stories & memories would be welcome.

Castlegar Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements. For those who wish a memorial donation may be made to the Parkinson Society British Columbia 600 – 890 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9

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