A Toronto firefighter with a “larger than life” character is being kept in mind as a household guy and “jester” by colleagues, friends and family following his death.Earl Strong
, from Courtice, Ont., passed away after he was snowmobiling on Jan. 20 and wound up in the water in Sturgeon Lake. His body was found a day later after an undersea and helicopter search. He was 48.
“He was among my buddies,” stated Strong’s next-door neighbour, Kim Churchill. “We actually lost one of the very best.”
Strong was married with 3 children. He was also a Toronto Fire acting captain at Station 211-B in Scarborough. He acted as a firefighter for about 26 years.Initial reports said Strong failed the ice along with another snowmobiler, however the Ontario Provincial Police later stated they mistakenly drove into open water. The other guy was taken to health center with serious hypothermia-related injuries.Police stated an autopsy is being performed today to figure out Strong’s
cause of death.Toronto Specialist Fire Fighters ‘Association vice-president Kevin McCarthy told the Star that he
was a friend of Strong’s which he has actually known him for more than Ten Years.” He was a great firemen which’s not something I state typically.
“McCarthy said the flags at all fire halls throughout Toronto are at
half mast up until Strong’s funeral service on Monday.He stated Strong was”favored “by everybody since of his smile, jokes and capability to become good friends with anybody. “He was larger than life. He had a strong character; you understood when he strolled into the space.
“McCarthy stated he and Strong would likewise gathering at hockey video games when both their sons played together
. He stated Strong was a”household guy”who was extremely active in his sons ‘lives.Churchill said she’s lived next to Strong for about 12 years when they moved into their Courtice area at the very same time.
She said throughout the years she’s been going over for parties by the pool, birthday celebrations, New Year’s celebrations and just resting on the porch having a drink.She stated he was always outside playing with his sons and canines, talking with people passing by, or shovelling everybody’s driveways in the winter season
.”He was also an useful joker. He was either spraying me with the pipe or attempting to show up and scare me,”said Churchill.
“The area won’t be the same.” Churchill stated there has been a string of visitors to see Strong’s wife and children to bring food and express their condolences. She said there will be a celebration of life event on Sunday to keep in mind Strong fondly. “He was constantly smiling, joking. He had numerous pals. “