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Date of Passing: Apr 08, 2022

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Kim Strachan passed away April 8, 2022 at the age of 75 at Middle Church Home in Winnipeg, after a lengthy illness. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, he was the son of the late Ken and Ethel Strachan. His parents divorced when he was two and his father died in a car accident when he was five, so he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He graduated with a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Regina in 1972.
For his entire life Kim was deeply involved with the Y.M.C.A. spending many hours there as a child growing up, then as a leader and volunteer, and then finally as a staff person; his lifelong career. He worked for over 25 years at the Regina, Moncton, and Winnipeg Y.M.C.A.'s. Kim loved everything about the Y and devoted his life to its service. In Winnipeg he was the executive director of the Elmwood - Kildonan Y.M.C.A. and the executive director of the Winnipeg Camps Branch. Kim was instrumental in developing the camping industry in Manitoba. He served on the board of directors for the Manitoba Camping Association for many years and in many capacities. At the end of his career Kim managed Gateway Recreation Center, a four season family Sportsplex in North Kildonan.
In addition to his tremendous commitment to community, his family and friends will remember his keen mind for trivia, his love of movies, his passion for reading science fiction novels and his love of camping and canoeing.
Kim is survived by his wife Barb Strachan; sons, Rob (Michelle) and Sean (Renee); and grandchildren, Lucy and Elliott, whom he adored. Kim was a family man and a very devoted husband, father and grandfather.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Gordon-King Memorial United Church at 127 Cobourg Avenue in Elmwood. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service. Wearing masks at the church is mandatory.

To leave condolences and share memories please visit Kim's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I just learned of Kim's passing. I am so very sorry, my sincere condolences Barb, Rob, Sean and their families. Kim was truly a incredible person, a wonderful husband, proud father and grandfather and friend. Never a unkind word spoken and always willing to help others. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. Josie - Posted by: Josie Daciuk Thompson (Friend) on: Jun 22, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Barb! Kim was always friendly and kind whenever we met him. Thinking of you and your family with love. 💕 - Posted by: Ingrid Esselmont (Friend of Barb) on: Jun 02, 2022

  • So sorry for the loss. I worked with Kim at Gateway Rec, he was a great person! - Posted by: Sandra (Co-worker) on: Jun 01, 2022

  • We were neighbours for 30 years. So sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Barb and family. Jerry Kozubal and Marian - Posted by: Jerry kozubal (Neighbour) on: May 30, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Barb and family. I was lucky to work for Kim at the EK YMCA back in the 70s. I also babysat Rob for Kim and Barb. - Posted by: Brad Childe (YMCA friend) on: May 21, 2022

  • Dear Barb and family. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father. May the treasured memories you have of him help you get through this sorrowful time. May your dear loved one rest in peace🙏 - Posted by: O. Ricki Daly (Teacher at Maple Leaf) on: May 21, 2022

  • So Sorry to hear that Kim has passed away. He was a a kind and friendly guy and always was smiling anytime we saw him at Gateway Community Centre. We're sure that you will all miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and the boys and their families. - Posted by: Bob & Debbie Lotocki (Friends) on: May 21, 2022

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