WINCHENDON – Corey Raymond Strazdas, 24, of 208 Baldwinville Road, Winchendon died at home after a long courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, November 4, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
Corey was born in Leominster on March 28, 1988 the son of James and Robin (Stanley) Strazdas. He grew up in Winchendon and graduated from Murdock High School with the class of 2006.
He worked with his father’s business, J. Strazdas Concrete Foundations until his diagnosis. Corey was a huge fan of the New England Patriots he recently had the opportunity to have lunch with former New England Patriot Tedy Bruschi. He spent countless hours in the gym, enjoyed riding his dirt bikes, snowmobiles and more recently his Polaris Ranger.
Corey loved to snowboard, hike and bike ride. He took great pride in his 1995 Pontiac Trans Am. Corey dearly loved his family and friends, treasuring the time spent together.
He leaves his parents James and Robin Strazdas of Winchendon; his brother Dylan Strazdas of Winchendon; the love of his life Jocelyn Goodale of Gardner; his maternal grandmother, Sherry Szoc and her husband Brian of Gardner, his maternal grandfather, Richard Stanley and his wife Beverly of Templeton; his paternal grandmother, Shirley Strazdas of Templeton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Corey’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Wachusett Mountain Ski Lodge, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541. There will be a celebration of Corey’s exceptional life as well as celebrating Corey and Jocelyn’s love which they planned to have this very Saturday. Burial will be Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Pine Grove Cemetery, Templeton.
Calling hours will be held Friday, November 9, 2012 from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mack Funeral Home, 91 Vernon St., Gardner.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Corey’s memory to his trust fund Corey Raymond Strazdas Tackling Ewing’s Sarcoma at GFA Federal Credit Union. There will be a scholarship set up through Dana Farber Cancer Institute for young adult patients going through cancer treatment to have the opportunity to have personal training sessions paid for at a gym of their choice. Corey loved training with Matt and Chris Cali at Fitness Concepts in Gardner. It was where Corey was able to gain strength and confidence back through training which helped him fight for so long. Corey’s wishes were to help others battling this disease in the same way he was able to find strength to continue the battle.
To read Corey’s story please visit www.caringbridge.org
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Mack Funeral Home, 91 Vernon St., Gardner is directing arrangements.