1918 — 2014
Harold Ingvald Strandberg passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning on July 15, 2014, at the Hanna Nursing Home. He was 96.
He was predeceased by his father Charles and mother Anna Strandberg; brothers Stanley and Eric Strandberg; nephew Kenneth Strandberg; and great-great-nephew Ryan Ayoungman.
Harold is survived by his nephew and niece: Lloyd (Sharon) Strandberg, Muriel (Butch) Beach; great nephews and nieces: Shawna (Jamie) Major, Valerie Beach, Rusty (Twyla), Athena, Juliette and Jody (Krystal) Ayoungman; plus great-great-nephew and nieces: Corbin and Tatum Major, Corey Lepage, Elizabeth, Gabrielle, Mackenzie and Darian Ayoungman, Devan Leeks, Roma and Riley Ayoungman, Teylan McMartin and Blake Ayoungman.
Both of his parents had emigrated from Sweden. In 1908, Charles Strandberg had taken up a homstead in the Garden Plain district. Harold was born on March 7, 1918, to Charles and Anna Strandberg. The homestead became his permanent home and residence up to March 1, 2013.
From 1941 to 1946, Harold had volunteered his services to the Royal Canadian Air Force. After his services with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Harold provided home care for both of his parents while operating the family homestead with his brother Eric up to 1967.
During the year of 1989, Harold cared for Kenneth’s children and later adopted his nephew’s children as his own.
He always thought of others before himself, looked at life with a positive attitude and made the best of every situation. Harold was a good neighbour, community member and friend. He enjoyed the Garden Plain picnic and the many dances, card parties and fun times held at the Garden Plain Hall. He also loved to come to the trade show in Castor and visit with people there.
At the age of 7, Harold found his first arrow and eventually he established an extensive collection of arrowheads that were found within the Prairies of the Garden Plain area.
In 2010, Harold received the 100-year provincial plaque for family members being on the homestead for 100 years. There was a celebration at the Garden Plain Hall with many family, neighbours and friends.
In 2013, Harold donated his 100-year plaque and Model T Ford to the Hanna Pioneer Museum.
Harold moved from the farm to the Hanna Lodge on March 1, 2013. In June 2013, he required further care and was transferred to the Hanna Nursing Home. He lived a long and happy life that was shared among family and friends. He will be greatly missed and will be forever kept in our hearts.
A service of remembrance was held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the First United Church in Hanna, with Rev. Leila Currie officiating. Interment followed in the Netherby Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Harold’s memory to charity of donor’s choice.
Cathy Watts of Heartland Funeral Services Ltd. was entrusted with arrangements (403-854-2758) www.heartlandfuneralservices.com.