Passing of well-known former member Sterling Stratton

Walter Sterling Stratton

July 18, 1938 – April 17, 2023

Peacefully and surrounded by his family at his home in Stratford, on April 17, 2023 of Walter Sterling Stratton, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Gloria (Frampton), together since grade 8 and married for 64 years. Loving father to Dawna MacDonald (Doug), Sandy Stratton (Lori), and Mike Stratton (Wendy). Loving Poppy to grandchildren Nathan, Brandon and Hillary MacDonald and Keith and Veronica Stratton. Great-grandfather to Alivia, Miles, and Paisley. Special dog daddy to dear Rusty. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Vera Stratton, and infant sister Dawn, of Moncton, NB. Also predeceased by best friends, who are waiting on the first tee; Russ Ewing, Charlie Ballem, and Rufus Reid.

Sterling had an extensive and impressive career in education, having served the roles of Principal, Guidance Counsellor, PEITF General Secretary, PEI Director of Curriculum, Co-ordinator of PEI Elementary Education, PEI District Three Superintendent, and Sessional Education Lecturer at UPEI.

Sterling also had a prolific career as an artist, first as a pyrographer (art burnt into wood), and then as a pen and ink specialist. His Island homestead and church portraits hang in many Island homes and establishments, and he has published many books on Island architecture. His artistic work has been celebrated and recognized several times throughout the years.

Sterling was an avid athlete and loved competing in golf, curling and lawn bowling. He loved attending Islanders hockey games with Gloria.

Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. A graveside celebration of life will be held by his family later this spring. If so desired, donations can be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at

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