Weekly Feature

2017-11-08 / Obituaries

Hudson W. Stroke, Bell Aerospace worker

Hudson Walter Stroke, 93, of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Amherst, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Mr. Stroke was born in Buffalo on June 13, 1924. His maternal grandparents, Bertha and Max Walther, were German immigrants who settled on farmland on Campbell Boulevard. in Getzville.

Mr. Stroke lived all but the last two years of his life either on that same property or a few miles from where he grew up.

Mr. Stroke was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy Seabees on Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned home and used the GI Bill to get his degree in Business Administration at the University of Buffalo in 1950.

He returned to work at Bell Aerospace in Niagara Falls, where he had been a machinist before the war. Eventually, he became the manager of the tool and die department at Bell.

Mr. Stroke eventually left Bell Aerospace and pursued other work ventures, including his own business with Walther’s Greenhouses. He retired in 1989 as a senior analyst in the programming department of Merchants Insurance Co.

He was a man of inventiveness and engineering insights. He applied his abilities to repairing, rebuilding, and recreating anything that was needed. He had many interests, including entrepreneurial business ideas, horticulture, photography, aviation and sailing.

Mr. Stroke is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Joyce Stroke; three children, Jeffrey, Patricia Haider, and Susan Morrison; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sibling, Russell.

Mr. Stroke will be buried in the Acadia Park Cemetery in Tonawanda on Nov. 11. The family has plans for a memorial service in New York in the near future.

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