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Obituary of Edward Strapp, Jr. – (1936-2024)

Edward J. Strapp Jr. 88 of Enfield, CT passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 23 at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Edward was born on January 20, 1936 in New Brunswick City, NJ to the late Edward J. Strapp and May (Hagerty) Strapp.

Leaving to mourn his wife Linda (Rugani), love of his life and partner of 65 years, are his 6 children and their spouses; Michael Strapp, Anne and John Gual of Suffield, CT, Laura and Doug Adams of Alexandria, VA, Christopher and Beth Strapp of Granby, CT, Elizabeth and Daniel Lydon of Wesley Chapel, FL and Jennifer Grace of Suffield CT. He is also survived by his 4 precious grandchildren; Caroline Strapp, Elisabeth Strapp, John Patrick Grace and Edward Grace (named after his grandfather).

Edward was predeceased by his brother James R. Strapp and his wife Linda Strapp, his sister Alayne C. Campbell and her husband Douglas Campbell and brother-in-law Richard Gilbert. Edward is survived by his sister, Marilyn Gilbert of Old Saybrook, CT.

After completing high school at Hall High, West Hartford, CT Edward attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he graduated with the Class of 1958 with a BA in Accounting. After graduating, Edward was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army and went on to serve as a military police officer at Fort McPherson, Georgia and Fort Rucker, Alabama. After receiving his honorable discharge at the rank of captain in 1965, Edward continued to serve in the Army Reserves for many years. Throughout Edward’s life, he remained a proud and loyal supporter of The Citadel, where on the 50th anniversary of his graduation in 2008, he proudly marched with the cadets to Johnson Hagood Stadium, a Citadel tradition.

Ed worked for the Travelers Insurance Company for over 30 years, retiring as a director at the age of 55. After his retirement, Edward’s love and respect for God, country and family came together in his final career at Browne’s Funeral Home in Enfield, CT. By assisting at viewings and funerals, his attitude and respect for family and friends helped give him comfort at a difficult time, a position he filled with the seriousness and seriousness it deserved.

Edward was a faithful parishioner of St. Martha’s Church and took an active part in fundraising to establish St. Martha’s School, where all six of his children attended K through 8th grade. Later he performed weekly ushering and collection duties during Sunday Masses.

Edward became a third degree brother in Knights of Columbus on June 1, 1968, where he participated in many fundraisers to support the efforts of the local community. When his boys were younger, he volunteered as a baseball coach for the local Cub Scouts for several years. He was also very involved in assisting his sons in building and racing the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby cars. A less than successful attempt to teach his son Christopher how to build models turned into a long-standing passion for Edward, who built more than 50 models of military equipment, always in 1:72 scale and depicted in historically accurate arrangements.

An avid golfer, Ed enjoyed weekends on the golf course with his friends and family. Edward and Linda discovered The Point of Woods in Old Lyme a few years after they got married and vacationed with their children every summer for more than 20 years. Gardening was another of Edward’s passions, another way to nurture and grow, and the brothers of the Knights of Columbus knew it was July when Edward came by with bags of cherry tomatoes. In later years, winters were spent in Tampa, Florida, where Edward and Linda could visit with their daughter, enjoy the beach, a little golf, lots of seafood, and socialize in the evenings at the Bamboo Beer Garden, located on was somehow filled with other K or C. brothers from Enfield!

Edward was proud of the life he had built with Linda, raising their children to be responsible, caring adults and watching from a distance, but with great interest, the development of his grandchildren into young adults.

On behalf of Linda, the family would like to thank Heather McKnight, whose patience, kindness and care for our father over the past four years has brought him joy and happiness. We would also like to thank Marilyn Phillips, who has brought her own special, unique level of care to Edward and his family over the past three months. He will be missed forever.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 10:00 AM at St. Martha’s Church (St. Jeanne Jugan Parish), gathered at the church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s King Street Cemetery, Enfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hartford Healthcare at Home, C/O Cindy Colson, 1290 Silas Deane Highway Wethersfield, CT 06109.