Elgin Strocen

Elgin Ernest Strocen

Wednesday, July 22nd, 1942 - Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Elgin Ernest Strocen (1942-2020) of Yorkton, SK., beloved husband of Carol Strocen, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Canora, SK to Paul and Lena (Mykytyshyn) Strocen, Elgin grew up on the family farm before moving to Yorkton in grade 8. Elgin’s homestead was near the Assiniboine River, which led to a lifetime of time on the water, mainly fishing. In the pioneering days fishing was a necessary source of food, while later trips were for enjoyment with family and friends .After high school, Elgin received his teaching diploma, married his sweetheart Carol in 1963, and started his teaching career alongside his new bride in Neidpath, SK. In the 12 years that they spent in southwest SK, Elgin and Carol touched the lives of many people, including friends that remain to this day. During this time, Elgin furthered his love of athletics, and began hunting for big game and birds.
In 1975, Elgin and Carol returned to Yorkton and taught within the Yorkton Public School Division for the remainder of their careers. Both Elgin and Carol formed many friendships with their fellow educators that continued through the rest of their lives. It was in Yorkton where their two children, Michele and Mitchell were raised. When not teaching, Elgin spent countless evenings in his shop focussing on woodworking and carpentry. He also continued his love of fishing and hunting, while beginning to focus on wildlife conservation efforts. He volunteered many hours to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and acted as an official measurer for the Henry Kelsey Club. Elgin’s love of the outdoors was truly reflected in his hobbies and passions. Elgin always joked that once he retired he couldn’t get a day off from his “boss” – which of course was himself. Retirement kept Elgin very busy, and he found ongoing enjoyment spending time working on his hobbies, at his hunting shack north of Pelly with his grand-dog Stewie, and gabbing over coffee with friends. A regular topic was the Yorkton Terriers, as both Elgin and Carol maintained season tickets for years. As cancer started to touch the lives of many family and friends, Elgin found he could give back to the community by combining his passion for woodworking and wildlife into building birdhouses for people in exchange for donations to the Cancer Foundation.
While Elgin always enjoyed visiting with friends, he would get most excited to see his family. He saved his biggest hugs for these visits and would be sure to plan the next trip before the current one concluded.
Elgin is lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Carol (Beblow); daughter Michele Strocen; son Mitch (Taryn Bogdan) Strocen; grandchildren Olivia and Alexis Strocen; as well as many extended family members and friends.
A private family Graveside Service was held Monday, October 5, 2020 in the Garden of Devotion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant officiating. Memorial contributions can be made ‘In loving memory of Elgin Strocen” to the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan: 200-4545 Parliament Ave, Regina, SK., S4W 0G3 or the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, 9 Lancaster Rd., Moose Jaw, SK., S6J 1M8 as tokens of remembrance.
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Posted at 08:39pm
Carol & Family:
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Elgin.
A great guy and very friendly. He never failed to stop and speak to us at the Terrier games. He will be missed. Cherish the memories.
With our Sincere Sympathy
Wilmer and Dorothy Ostapowich

Scott Penner

Posted at 09:30am
Our hearts have sadness upon hearing of Elgin’s passing. Many memories come and here is just a couple. Elgin spent much time at his cabin just back of our place and he was almost like a family member wheeling up to the shop to say hello. Sometimes it was just a 10 minute visit and other times it was an hour. I could tell his family was very dear and close to him through those visits. He had a cute habit of addressing Carol as “mom”. It spoke of a family closeness to me. In his later years as he would come the cabin on beaver patrol and we identified his truck by the little sand bags outside on his hood. “To stop a hood rattle” he would say! And yes you as family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Elgin will be missed!

Dan Strocen

Posted at 02:19pm
Our sincere sympathies to you Carol, Michelle, Mitch ,Taryn and family,
with the passing of Elgin. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this
time of sorrow .

Dan/Ann Strocen
and Family

gordon roberts

Posted at 10:48pm
Carol, we were so saddened to hear the news of Elgin's passing.
We spent many enjoyable years working together.
He was a great guy, who really enjoyed life (hunting or creating things).
I remember him fondly.
All the best to you and yours.
Remember all the good times.

Jennifer Gauthier

Posted at 04:49pm
I was saddened to learn of the passing of my grade 5 math teacher. I fondly remember Mr. Strocen, his kindness, and his not-so-kind math quizzes. Deepest sympathy to the family. Jennifer Stachura Gauthier

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