Ben Strudwick

March 22, 1941 - June 17, 2022

Funeral Details: Private family arrangements


With deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Ben Strudwick on June 17, 2022 at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie, Ontario.  Ben was born as William Lionel Benjamin Strudwick to the late William and Marjorie Strudwick on March 22, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario.  Ben is survived by his loving wife Barb and his dear family, daughter Tracy Arkell (Eric Snape), son Derrick Harden, step-son Todd Arkell (Meira) and his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  He will always be remembered by his brother-in-law Corrie Rudd, the McAlpine clan and his friends.  Ben is predeceased by his son Adam Harden and his late wife Joan Fillmore.

Ben loved life.  He loved his pets Duffy and Pewter and took great pleasure in their company. He also loved old musicals, camping and sailing with Barb, and escaping to Algonquin with his buddy Joe.  His sense of fun and humour endeared him to friends and neighbours.  Ben's beautiful singing and melodic whistling could be heard at any time and any place he happened to be.  He enjoyed performing in local theater with Little's Hill Players and cabarets with Madcap Players at the Lions Hall. More recently Ben performed with the Parkview Singers and Vocal Maturity.

Through a long illness Ben stayed true to himself and made the decisions he believed in.   We are thankful for the compassionate care he received from the nurses, physicians and staff on 4GC at RVH, his Healthcare team, caring homecare professionals, and the amazing support from his family, friends and neighbours along this journey.

He will be missed.

In keeping with Ben’s wishes, a private cremation will be held.  Online memories and condolences may be made at

Peaceful Transition Simcoe


16 Condolences
  • Anita Masson-Robert Currie
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    Our last “goodbye “ to a dear friend, RIP , until we meet again.

    Anita and Bob

  • Jane Beaton
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and family. I was in a Madcap episode with Ben and sat beside him in the Parkview singers for a short time. He was a gentle giant, a dear man. I have the fondest memories of dear Ben💗

  • Susan Walker
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. I was lucky enough to work with Ben at the Canadian Tire North store for a number of years. He was always whistling which put a smile on many faces. Miss you Ben💜 it was a privilege to be in your company.. Sue Walker

  • Dana Quinn
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    Dear Barb, Vince and I send our condolences. I will remember Ben and Joe getting ready for their camping trips and the joy they had laughing about freezing to death together.

  • Nola Wilson
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    A wonderful man. A wonderful life. He will be so sadly missed by so many. Love you to Barb, and your family.

  • Joan Minhinnick
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    Barb & family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Ben’s passing. I send my deepest condolences to you all. I had so much fun singing Put On Your Easter Bonnet & other musical duets with Ben while we were both with the Parkview Singers. He had such a good sense of humour, & was ever so encouraging to me sharing his musical experiences. He contributed to the Parkview Singers in such a relaxed & fun way. He will be missed.
    May you be comforted in your sorrow. Joan

  • Gayle Lang
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    I was very sorry to learn of Ben’s passing Barb! Please accept our sincere condolences and perhaps we could have lunch together some time? 705 726 8018

    Jim and Gayle

  • Marilyn McCauley
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    Ben will be remembered by his singing buddies for his mellow baritone and enthusiasm for solo and duet performances at our Parkview Singers events. He was a true gentleman, always considerate and polite. He will be missed. My condolences to Barb and the families.

  • Gail Salem
    Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2022 Reply

    I will remember Ben for his laughter, his caring attitude and his unwavering support for me while I was with the Parkview Singers and (briefly) Vocal Maturity. I could always rely on him for a thoughtful answer to any question I had. He was capable and considerate.

  • Lois Delaforce
    Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2022 Reply

    Thinking of you Barb as you grieve this great loss. I remember Ben, and saw him in some of those musical productions.
    Hugs from Lois (from your previous Doctor’s office)

  • Donna Roselle
    Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2022 Reply

    My sincerest sympathy to you, Barb, and the family. I didn’t know Ben well, but I could tell he was a kind and gentle man. During the first Christmas potluck I attended at the Health Library, Ben sang a Christmas carol. I think the lyrics may have been altered a little! It was humorous and his voice was lovely. May knowing you are in my thoughts during this difficult time provide some comfort. Take care and we’ll talk soon.

  • Martha Cates
    Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2022 Reply

    I have many fond memories of performing with Ben years ago when we were much younger. He will be seriously missed.

    Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2022 Reply

    I would like to say goodbye to a lovely man. I worked with Ben for many years at C. T. , on Bayfield Street.

  • John Borrows
    Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Reply

    I remember Ben from when I was a young teenager and he was a leader in our church congregation in Barrie. I always appreciated his gentle encouragement and his good humour. With his late wife Joan he will always be remembered for the fun and help they provided to others along the way.

  • Lindsey McArton
    Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Reply

    I worked with ben at Canadian Tire for many year . He always knew how to make you smile. He was our jolly giant . Tall man with a big heart ❤️. He was a delightful person . so sorry for your loss

  • Tammy
    Posted on: Thursday, June 30, 2022 Reply

    Ben you will truly be missed, and forever in my heart. It was my pleasure to look after you.

    Tammy psw

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