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STRACHAN, Alexander

STRACHAN, Alexander

Alexander (Al) Strachan passed away on November 4, 2023 surrounded by the love of his family.

Born January 18, 1940 Al faced early challenges in life growing up in Foster homes in Toronto. At age 11 he chose to go to the farm home of Anna and Ruben Erickson. They remained close to Al and his family until their passing.

Al is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn of 62 years, his son Tim ( Denise) children Megan (Byron) and Caitlin (Ian), his daughter Shelley and children Shane and Sunny (Dan). He is also survived by his much loved 7 great grandchildren Alexis, Jace, Colton, Piper, Raphaella, Gia and Mina. Al is also survived by 2 foster brothers David Overland and Norman French.

Al was a funny man with a great sense of humour. He loved to entertain, greeting everyone with a hug and a wonderful smile. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Kelowna General Hospital (Perking Lot) and a member of the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary. He also spent over 30 years as a proud Rotarian in Nelson, and Kelowna.

Al was in the RCAF where he became an electrician and later he was an Industrial Relations Officer for the BC Government until starting his own business as Employment Standards Specialist. He made many friends throughout his life at work, volunteering and Rotary.

Al's service will held at the Kelowna Unitarian Church, 1310 Bertram Street, Kelowna at 1 PM Monday November 27th, 2023.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, Kelowna

Condolence Messages
  • Nov 29, 2023
    Our "Pal Al" always added a spark to every Rotary meeting he attended. We will surely miss you Al!. May God's Grace comfort Marilyn and the family. - Wayne Evans
  • Nov 28, 2023
    Marilyn and Family, So sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was the one of the greatest Rotarians that I have met. Al was always very supportive and encouraging. Will miss him . - Gary Bennett
  • Nov 25, 2023
    Dear Marilyn,
    I was so sorry to hear of Al's passing. I was telling Judy that one of my fondest memories at CVE was the July 1st party you both organized back in the day. He always had a smile on his face and that too will be remembered. My sincere condolences to all your family. Linda Shewchuk (74) - Linda Shewchuk
  • Nov 24, 2023
    Oh, Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He gave so much of himself to others through his involvement with KGH and Rotary. He was truly a man of stature. I will miss Al, my Rotary pal. Sincere condolences to you and all the family. - Michael Loewen
  • Nov 22, 2023
    Condolences to the whole family . 0ur fun trip to Iceland in 2011 , our many dinners with Joanne Brian and family , and being present when Marilyn and Al first. Got married .. Love to you. ALL .- cousin Trudy George and family
    - Trudy Sears
  • Nov 22, 2023
    Dear Marilyn and Family,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Al's passing. My "Rotary Pal Al' was one in a million. He had a wonderful sense of humour and he always had a smile on his face. He was so gracious in giving of his time and always wanting to help others. RIP Al, you will be so missed my friend. - Heidi Miller
  • Nov 22, 2023
    I am deeply sorry for the loss of such a great man. He was truly kind, caring, and a lot of fun to be around. "Al our Rotary Pal". Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your family. - Carolyn Monz
  • Nov 21, 2023
    I remember Al fondly through his many contributions to the annual success of the Blossom Time Fair held at Cottonwoods Care Centre. Rest in Peace. - CTW Employee
  • Nov 21, 2023
    So sad Marilyn, Al will always be with me on the Glade Ferry.
    He is already missed.
    Graham Bell
    - Graham Bell
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Marilyn and family. We are so sad to hear of Al's passing. We have such fond memories at the sandcastle challenge and our semi-annual golf get togethers. We will miss his smiling face and the jokes he sent us. Karen and Joe. - Joe Ringrose
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Thanks for all the laughs and friendship Al. - Gary Bowker
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Marilyn and your family , still thinking of My Pal Al ... I always enjoyed his company !
    We had some laughs during covid when he got low on wine and I made a "special" run out to him ! May he rest in peace .
    Allt pao besta ! - Peter Turgoose
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Marilyn and family
    I’m so sorry to read of Al’s passing. Both of you were so present at KGH with all that you were involved in. A loss for so many.
    There will be many memories to share remembering the many good times.
    Sue Cernak - Sue Cernak
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Marilyn and family...so sad to lose such a great man. Hard to believe he is gone. Our times at KGH were so memorable and such fun....our monthly "dinner dates" in our corners...the laughs were nonstop....so enjoyable. How we will miss him...our "Mr.Z". What a true friend he was....he is going to be forever missed...Lil & Brad - Lil
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Goodbye to "Al Our Rotary Pal", we will miss his smiling face at our weekly meetings. What a great guy he was!
    - Don Turri
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Marilyn and family,
    So sorry to hear of Al's passing. I first knew him in Nelson and again in Kelowna. He truly defined the ideal of Rotarian. He will be missed.
    Sandy Gilfillan - Sandy Gilfillan
  • Nov 20, 2023
    Marilyn and family,
    So saddened by our loss of a wonderful man! Full of humor and compassion!
    Hoping your grief will be replaced with the fondest of memories of a life well lived. - Eric and Linda Schlichting