A lifetime resident of the Glen Becker area, Debbie Strader, passed away at the Cornwall Hospice on Sat., Oct. 24, 2009, following a two-year battle with cancer, which she fought with courage and dignity. She was 54.
Debbie was born in Winchester on Dec. 23, 1954, the youngest of seven children born to her parents, Lloyd and Audrey McHaffie (nee Saddlemire). She attended S.S. #10, then Riverside Public School and later Seaway District High School. After graduating from high school, she attended Algonquin College, where she earned her diploma in business administration and accounting. Following graduation, she began working at Ault Foods in Winchester. Then she joined Beavers Dental on Nov. 20, 1978 as an exportation documentation clerk.
On June 30, 1979 she married her high school sweetheart, Neil Strader, and they formed a dynamic couple who enjoyed many memorable occasions together.
Affectionately known as Debbie “Duck”, she was a hard-working lady who tirelessly volunteered for numerous fundraising events, as well as helping her family members endlessly throughout her entire life. Debbie was a dedicated and true friend to all those she bestowed this honour upon. She enjoyed golfing and curling, and she and Neil were avid snowmobilers. They enjoyed many trips across Ontario and Quebec on her Yamaha snowmobile.
She is survived by her husband Neil, her siblings Elsie Guindon (Lynden Casselman) of Morrisburg, Linda Casselman (John Lague) of RR#1 Morrisburg, Carole (Earl) Brown of RR# 2 Ingleside, Wayne (Sheila) McHaffie of Glen Becker, Janet (Gary) McColl of Prescott, and Heather Torres (Lawrence Hunter) of RR#3 Williamsburg. She is also survived by her father-in-law Lorne Strader of Brinston, and her sisters-in-law Lorna (Jeff) Johnston of Orleans and Sharon (Eric) Zwicker of Laval. She was predeceased by her parents Lloyd and Audrey, her mother-in-law Vera Strader, her nephew Kevin Guindon and her brother-in-law Rae Loucks. She will be fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends throughout the area.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Oct. 27. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wed., Oct. 28 with Rev. Elaine Beattie officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Andy Brown, Pat Harper, Steven Guindon, and Sebastien Torres. The honourary pallbearers were Rob Edgerton, Brian Montgomery, Charles Bailey, and Rob Quenneville.
Donations to Cornwall Hospice would be appreciated by the family.