It is with great sadness that the family of Sir Herbert Arthur Strutt announce his passing on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at the age of 101 years.
Herb was born on his parents’ farm east of Brock, SK (23-28-19 W3) on August 7, 1920. He was a dedicated farmer from a very early age. His father farmed with 34 horses and, as the eldest son and 3rd oldest of five, Herb stayed home from school in the spring and fall to help on the farm. Herb had an affinity for all animals, especially horses, and loved sharing stories of his early farming days.
Herb enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 and was a Leading Aircraftman (LAC) with the 411 Squadron. He was in England, landed in Normandy shortly after D Day (June 6, 1944) and then moved through France, Belgium and Germany before completing his service in Holland. Herb returned to Brock to a raging snow storm on September 15, 1945 and once again commenced farming with his dad and brother Glen.
Herb married Helen Miller in 1951 and the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in July 2021. They raised five children on the farm. Herb was involved in his community and dedicated to the Brock Legion.
Herb returned to England in 1998 with his son, Roger, to visit his old haunts and take in an air show where restored WWII aircraft were flown. He was honoured to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D Day in Normandy, France in 2014, accompanied by two grandsons, son and daughter-in-law. He was subsequently awarded the Legion D'Honneur by the French government which conferred a Knighthood upon him. He was very proud to be addressed as ‘Sir Herb’!
Herb had the ability to fix almost anything and this was a valuable skill for a farmer. He was especially proud of his potato planter. He worked hard all his life and being on the farm provided much joy. He took great pride in his yard and garden and his potato harvest was prodigious. He was always ready for a holiday with his motorhome and boat and spent many days camping out and fishing with his good friends and grandchildren. In his younger days, Herb was an avid sportsman and especially loved to play ball. He loved music, was known to play his banjo at community functions, loved to read and play darts.
Herb supported his children’s chosen sporting events and horse shows in Brock and surrounding areas. Herb and Helen spent many hours on the road driving to music lessons and music festivals in the area. Herb valued education above all things and all his children received post-secondary educations.
Herb actively farmed well into his 90’s with his son, Roger. Herb and Helen moved to Kindersley in 2008 and enjoyed life at their townhouse and Caleb Village. He always commented on how well he was looked after at Caleb and missed the staff when declining health required him to move to Heritage Manor in November 2021.
Herb was well known for his hard work, keen sense of humour, love of a good joke, pride in his family and commitment to the Royal Canadian Legion.
Herb is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen, his five children Susan (Don) Fuhrman, Roger (Kathy), Claire (Richard) Seibold, Lenore (Richard) Delday and Cecily (Robert) Bradshaw as well as 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and another expected April 2022, Deborah (Sebastian) Hanlon, Ciaran and Galen; Leta (Nathaniel) Philp, Henry and David; Stephanie Fuhrman; Jonathan Strutt, Madelyn Crowell and Zoë Strutt; Carly (Morgan) Nunweiler, Mitchell, James, Andrea and Rebecca; Jeff (Kelsey) Seibold, Jaxson and Connor; Kaitlyn Seibold; Adam (Jodi) Delday, Aiona and Eloise; Benjamin (Isabel) Delday, George; Alistair (Isabella) Delday; and Meredith Delday as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, Manson and Violet Strutt, sisters Elva Strutt, Zella Ham and Gwen Vogel, brother Glen Strutt, infant granddaughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Don Fuhrman.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. at the Brock Hall, officiated by the Rev. Dell Bornowsky. Herb will be laid to rest in the Field of Honour at the Brock Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 57, Kindersley or the Kindersley & District Health & Wellness Foundation – Memorial Reserve would be appreciated.
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