General News · 31st July 2018
Anthony “Alois” Stranan
May 21, 1927 – July 25th, 2018
“In our hearts”- a dedication to my Dad by Danette Stranan
Alois passed away, peacefully, in his sleep at the ripe old age of 91 years. He had an amazing and successful life lived on his own terms.
He was born in Carberry, Manitoba and moved to BC as a teenager. Although his Dad wanted him to go on to college he left home at a young age and started life on his own. He was a good worker and had “careers” as a camp cook, logger, semi professional boxer, heavy-duty machine operator, carpenter, lifeguard, youth home worker and as a teamster in the film industry. He was a general jack-of-all-trades always and maintained an avid appetite for work all his life.
Alois built or renovated every one of his living spaces that I can remember– all of them unique and beautiful. The last was his lovely home on Cortes Island where many of you might have enjoyed his company. But you will also find many other buildings, paths, sheds, gardens and bus stops that have seen his hands around the island and elsewhere. He was like that. He was drawn to beauty and art and wanted to create continually. He was generous with his time and was often ready to lend a hand and very often an opinion!
Alois traveled far and wide throughout his life. He visited Asia, Europe, Central America, Cuba, and made many journeys to New Zealand and Australia. He loved to have new adventures and meet new people – but he always said that the best part of any trip was coming home.
Although he lived in Vancouver for over fifty years, when he retired to Cortes Island, he very quickly fell in love with the island lifestyle. Here he met the lovely Anna St Keverne and it wasn’t long after they met that she became his third wife and they shared almost twenty years together.
In his final years he moved down to Pender Island where my sister Jane and I had built him his own little house on our property. A few months after he moved, Alois bought himself a little Mini convertible and proceeded to charm another island. Lastly he moved with me to Saltspring Island, which he also came to adore. He was always amazed and transfixed by our beautiful coast.
Alois spent many hours sailing, prawning and just generally puttering out there on the sea. His ashes will be spread with Anna’s – out where they can cavort together in the waves.
My Dad was a huge presence – the hole he leaves is deep and wide. He was a “character” and “one of the good guys”. I think one of my favourite descriptions of him comes from dear Erika Grundman, long time friend:
“Alois was a strong, stubborn, sometimes abrasive ☺, bullish…yet kind, inspiring, helpful, optimistic, risk-taking, entertaining and intrinsically loveable guy.”
I would agree.
Alois was predeceased by his wife, Anna, and his son Lorry - but leaves four children: Rick (Dorothy), Paul (Louise), Danette and Jane, two step–sons: Tom (Chloe) and Simon (Elise), eighteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
WE MISS YOU.
Comment by Barry Buckle on 3rd September 2019
I will miss you old friend .. and your pancakes .. many happy memories :))
Such a magical person...
Comment by Jeramie on 6th August 2018
Alois's presence at the first poker game I went to at Bobo's house was what kept me coming back that first year despite my financial losses :) I only wish I had known him for longer. My condolences to his large and beautiful family- what an awesome grandfather/ great grandfather.
Comment by Sujon on 6th August 2018
Great bear smiling
With each footstep
Comment by Karen Graham on 5th August 2018
Alois's smile, humour, compassion, and generosity of himself will always be remembered. We were happy to know him, even if only for a few short years.