Mahlon Strader of Williamsburg passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on May 5, 2004 after a brief illness. He was 94.
He is survived by his wife Norma (nee MacIntosh) and sister Audrey (Bill) Casselman of Williamsburg. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Lyell “Sib”Strader and sisters Ruth Hogaboam and Doris Hill.
A lifetime resident of the area, he was born in the former Matilda Township on Oct. 23, 1909 to Wilbert and Pearl (nee Robinson) Strader. He attended Strader Hill School and Morrisburg Collegiate. He earned his teaching certificate in Normal School in Ottawa. He taught at several schools including Strader Hill, Oak Valley, Rowena, Cass Bridge, Glen Becker, Johnstons Corners; and he was principal at Williamsburg for three years.
He also farmed with his wife Norma, whom he married at Dundela United Church Manse on July 29, 1941. They milked Jersey cows and sent the milk to the dairy in Morrisburg to be made into ice cream.
He had a great love of animals and when he and Norma travelled with their camper they always had a dog or two along for the ride. He also enjoyed gardening and he sold fruits and vegetables at the roadside in front of his home west of Glen Becker each fall. He was a member of the Morrisburg United Church.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on May 7 and the funeral was held at the funeral home on May 8 with Rev. Jean Udall officiating. Interment was at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Alan Casselman, Shaler Hill, Jack Hill, Lorne Johnston, Lee Johnston, and Martin Nicolaasen. Honorary pallbearers were Harry Nicolaasen, Larry Casselman, and Jeff Van Moorsel.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.