Roger C. Stryke

October 11, 2015

Roger C. Stryke
U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

Korean War Veteran

ROGER C. STRYKE – of Woburn, Sunday, October 11th. Beloved husband of Rose E. (Fox) Stryke. Devoted father of Roger K. Stryke of Nevada, Paula A. Macinanti and her husband Louis, Patricia D. McDonough and her husband James Nagle, all of Woburn, and Robert Stryke of New Hampshire. Dear brother of the late Arthur, Cornelius, and his twin Robert Stryke. Cherished grandfather of Derek, Timmy, Randy, Robyn, Colin, Molly, Robert, Sara, and Courtney and great-grandfather of Ella, Noah, and Dylan. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 15th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Roger’s name to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street,Suite 800,Miami, FL 33131 or www.parkinson.org.

OBITUARY:

Roger C. Stryke, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully on October 11th. He was eighty-seven years of age. He was the beloved husband of Rose E. (Fox) Stryke.

Roger was born in 1928 and was raised and educated in Woburn. He grew up on Buckman Street in Woburn’s South End where he and his twin brother Robert were well known. He attended St. Charles School and then graduated from Woburn Memorial High School in 1946. Roger went to work for John Hancock after his schooling where he would meet the love of his life, Rose. She and Roger were inseparable from then on. Soon after, Roger enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served honorably and was a veteran of the Korean War. Roger’s service to his country brought the Stryke family to California. It was there that their first child was born. After Roger’s service ended, the family moved back to Woburn and he went to work for Swift Premium. Soon after, Roger started his own business, Stryke Vending. He enjoyed his job immensely; the local children at the Woburn Boys and Girls Club always referred to him as the”Candyman”.

As his family grew, Roger dedicated himself to his grandchildren with the same passion that he did his own children throughout the years. He never missed the opportunity to cheer them on at their sporting events, and especially loved having them over to swim in the pool. In their earlier years, Roger and Rose always enjoyed the company of family and friends for a dinner party. The night always included guests gathered around the piano while Roger played with delight. Music and piano playing were one of Roger’s favorite pastimes; he even had his own band for a time.

A man of great faith, Roger was a lifetime parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo and was involved with the church for years. He served as a lector as well as a teacher for catechists.

In his later years, Roger and Rose dined out with friends weekly. They also traveled extensively making trips to Bermuda, Mexico and taking a number of cruises. He loved to work around his yard and took great pride in its appearance. Roger expected nothing less than perfection in all that he set out to accomplish. He was always there for family and friends and always had an answer with a helping hand. If you asked him for help, you could be sure that Roger would be there right alongside of you. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Roger was sadly predeceased by his brothers Arthur, Cornelius and his twin, Robert.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Rose E. (Fox) Stryke; his children, Roger K. Stryke of Nevada, Paula A. Macinanti and her husband Louis, Patricia D. McDonough and her husband James Nagle, all of Woburn, and Robert Stryke of New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Derek, Timmy, Randy, Robyn, Colin, Molly, Robert, Sara, and Courtney and great-grandchildren Ella, Noah, and Dylan.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, October 15th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Roger’s name to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or www.parkinson.org.

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  1. Jack LeMenager, Winchester

    I was so saddened to learn of Roger’s passing this morning. Roger and I were roommates for a few weeks last fall at Winchester Nursing & Rehab Center. Over the course of our time together, I was grateful for his company, his conversation, his sense of humor, and his spirit.

    We used to watch Patriot games together on our separate side-by-side TVs, keeping up a running commentary throughout each game — his comments often hilarious. We alternately cheered the great plays and groaned over the poor ones, mistakes and bad calls. A couple of times, we stayed up much too late to watch the end of a close night game and were scolded by the night nurses.

    Roger had a marvelous, if subtle, sense of humor and made me laugh a lot. My favorite recollection is when a nurse’s aide made her daily afternoon round one day to take our dinner orders. For lunches and dinners, they offered us two options from which to choose, both of which were equally banal. This instance, she asked Roger, “What would you like for dinner tonight, Roger?” He replied without hesitation, “You’re not serving it.” I thought I would fall out of bed laughing.

    I will always think of Roger as a dear friend and will miss him deeply.

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