Daryl Curtis Strayer passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Regina, SK on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, just shy of his 80th birthday. He was born in Regina, SK on Dec. 3, 1943 and lived a great big life full of love and adventure.
Daryl joins the many precious family members who have predeceased him. Daryl is survived by Janet, his loving wife of 60 years; three children: Deborah Kupchanko, Shelly Meghezi and James Strayer (Laura); seven grandchildren, Michael (Megan), Maegan (Darren), Logan (Haley), Rayel (Samuel), Abigail, Colton; and Solomon; great-grandson Cameron; sisters Darlene Bateson (John), Judy Farr and Diane Quickfall; as well as many nieces, nephews and close cousins.
Daryl was above all else, a devoted family man. He inspired and instilled a profound value of never-ending love and support for family. He was a big personality as a strong and supportive husband, a careful advisor and dreamer for his children, a creative and fun Papa and a solid rock of a big brother for his sisters.
Daryl grew up on the prairie, running with the wind and always working, loving and playing hard. Before he settled to raise a family, he served his country with three years in the military and became a long supporter of the Canadian Legion. Daryl took his family on a work adventure, mining nickel in Manitoba’s north and then settled in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, close to his own parents, where he owned two businesses and then worked for and retired from the federal government.
Daryl was an athlete and a coach, a voracious reader of everything, a close follower and debater of local, national, and world politics, and a great believer in humanity and all that is right in the world. We will yearn for his lively conversations, his zest for life, the elaborate schemes for lottery winnings, the detailed and animated storytelling, the Easter scavenger hunts and egg fights, the homemade ice cream, his strong reassuring presence and his constant unwavering support and love.
We wish to thank all the staff who make up the Emergency and the MICU teams at the Regina General Hospital, especially the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly and caringly for Daryl and his family at the end of his life. We are so appreciative of our health care providers.
An informal celebration of Daryl’s life will be held in the spring of 2024. Donations to Lung Saskatchewan will be appreciated.
Family and friends are invited to leave tributes at: www.reginafuneralhome.ca
Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery 306-789-8850.

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