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STROICK – Michael M. (Mike)

1927 – 2011

Mike Stroick passed away peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital on Monday, February 14, 2011 at the age of 83 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Mae in August 2003, shortly after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. It is fitting that he was reunited with his sweetie on Valentine’s Day. Mike is survived by his loving daughters, Sharon Stroick and Ramona Dragani, son-in-law Joe Dragani, and beloved grandson Jarrett Dragani, all of Calgary. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Linda Stewart of Kelowna, BC and nephews Jeff, Terry and Robbie Stewart and their families, all of Barrie, ON.

Born December 10, 1927 in Forest Lawn, Mike lived his entire life here in the shadow of the Rockies. After graduating from Western Canada High School, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway and began working there fulltime in 1950. Mike worked his way up through the ranks and was appointed Superintendent of Calgary Division in 1974. With Division mergers in 1991, Mike became the first Superintendent of CP Rail’s Alberta Division. During his many years as a railroader, he developed a reputation as a unique and special individual and was well-known for his frequently heard motto, “we serve in so many ways.” Mike retired from CP Rail in December 1992. In October 2001, he was extremely honored to have “Stroick” siding at Mile 86.3 of the CPR’s Leduc Subdivision named after him.

During his career, Mike was an active volunteer and well-known in the Calgary area. He was a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Calgary Rotary Club and the Glenbow Foundation. Along with his wife Mae, he enjoyed participating in events at Spruce Meadows through the years. Mike was particularly proud of his involvement with the Heritage Park Society. As a long-time member and twice past president, he was the driving force behind the construction of the railway roundhouse. Starting in 1968, he helped organize and later chaired the annual Old Time Range Men’s Dinner, handing over the reins in 2003. As a proud Calgarian, volunteering for the 1988 Winter Olympics was another highlight. He coordinated the logistics for the transportation of the 120 foot Olympic Flagpole from northern B.C. to Canada Olympic Park, and celebrated the achievement with fellow Committee members at COP during the opening of the 2006 Winter Games. Mike also enjoyed more than 35 years as a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede and retired in 2008 as a senior associate and member of the Reception Committee.

Mike was a dedicated sports fan and armchair coach, and especially loved F1 racing. He was very proud of his time as Manager of the Tuxedo Little League Baseball team from 1953-1956, when the team went on to win the 1956 City Championship. Mike and Mae enjoyed many years of bowling on Friday nights at Westbrook Bowl and later curled in the CPR League at the Big Four Building. For many years, he and Mae were also season ticket holders for both the Flames and Stampeders. In his later years, Mike avidly followed many sports on TV and could always be counted on for up to date scores and results.

Mike was a devoted husband, father and gramps and he will be deeply missed by his family, as well as his many friends, neighbours and colleagues. The outstanding care and kindness provided to Mike and the entire family by the staff at Wentworth Manor is gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Bret Simmons and nurses Shelley, Trudy and Donna on Unit 73 at the Rockyview for the superb care they provided during his recent hospitalization.

A private graveside service will be held for the family. A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s memory to his favourite charity, the Salvation Army, to support their work in Calgary would be greatly appreciated.

In living memory of Mike Stroick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Dennis and Sharon Curtis :

    Our condolences to the Stroick family in the loss of Mike,,,he was a true gentleman and a great boss,,,he will be missed.

    Dennis and Sharon Curtis

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  2. I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Mike’s family. When I began my career with CP Rail I was told that one of the finest compliments that a railroader could receive was to be known as a “Gentleman”. Throughout that career I met many railroaders, but only a few “Gentlemen” and I’d like you to know that Mike was one of the finest Gentlemen I had the privilege of knowing. May you all live with the knowledge that Mike will rest in peace as he lived a good and honest life and is deserving of that peace. He will be missed.

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  3. Sharon, Ramona, Joe and Jarrett, I was so very sorry to read of your dad’s passing…from everything Sharon has told me over the years and from the lovely obituary, it is very clear what a wonderful and amazing man he was. I hope with time, all of your wonderful memories will bring a smile to your face and warm your hearts once again.
    Leslie (hygienist)

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  4. Bob & Hilda Townsend :

    Always there when needed..A job well done

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  5. Thomas G Ferguson :

    When I first started with CP Rail in the early 70’s, I remember Mike as my first “big” boss. Ever a commanding presence when he entered a room, he was a true original. Mike always seemed gruff to us new guys in the early years, but as time passed, many of us were fortunate to have him in our corner when times were tough. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

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  6. We have lost an extraordinary man, a CPR leader with a rubber rule book, stretched amazingly to get things done. A good friend who bailed us out of trouble on many occasions. alex price

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  7. Sharon, Ramona, Joe and grandson Jarrett.
    May Precious memories help you through these difficult days and bring comfort to your sorrowing heart.
    Kurt and Millie Schieman

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  8. Warren Merrick :

    My condolences to the Stroick family. I feel very priviledged to have met Mr. Stroick, an outstanding Calgarian and accomplished railroad leader.

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  9. Tommy & June Johnson :

    Dear Sharon, Ramona & family
    We were deeply saddened to read of your Dad’s passing. I go back over 35 years with Mike, at C.P. Rail. I especially enjoyed my time as a volunteer on the transportation committee at Heritage Park, which Mike chaired. Both Mike & your mom, Mae, were always so gracious, fun-loving & good to June & I. I am proud we always maintained our friendship, with Xmas cards, letters, & socializing through the years.
    Mike was “Bigger than Life” & truly lived a full, loving & rewarding life.

    With our deepest sympathy & most fond memories of your father,(Mike)
    We will see you at the “Celebration of Mike’s Life” on Saturday.
    Sincerely, Tommy & June Johnson

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  10. Garey & Rita Kirkland (SIMCO Management) :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. Mike was a great man and he will be missed by everyone.

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  11. Ed and Rita Dodge :

    Hi Ramona, Joe and Sharon, We were saddened to hear of Mike’s passing . The Calgary Stampede will never be the same without Mike!!!! He had such a love of life .He will be missed
    Rita and Ed

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  12. Norma and Frank Oliva :

    Dear Sharon, Ramona and Families,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. What a wonderful man!! Over the many year that I was in business (Galleria) – it was always a highlight when your Mom and Dad came to the store. We always had fun with that wonderful couple. Your Dad would say “I hate this **##* store” and Mae would say” never mind Mike, just give me your Am.Ex card”. I have such warm memories of them both.
    Your own wonderful memories of your parents will give you strength at this hard time They were always so proud of each of you. You brought them such joy!!
    Our sincere sympathy,
    Frank and Norma Oliva

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  13. Jan and Don Cook :

    Mike and the CPR! They went together.
    My Dad, Buck Crump, admired him and enjoyed his company and shared love of the CPR.
    Mike was a true railroad man.
    Our whole family met him on special railroad occasions and he was always interested in their lives.
    Our condolences,
    Jan and Don Cook and family

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  14. To the Stroick family on behalf of 2 generations of the Hays family who have called Mike a friend know that your sense of loss is shared. He was one of the best that Calgary has produced, at work, at play, and as a key contributer to so much of what we value in our community. His legacy to this Railway Town is secure and will always be with us. Dan Hays

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