Edward J. Stratford Jr.

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Edward J. "Big Ed" Stratford Jr., 46, of Forest City, died Saturday at home.

Born in Williamsport, son of the late Edward M. and Dorothy A. Kuruts Stratford, he was a member of Ascension Parish, Forest City. He was a graduate of Lake Lehman High School, class of 1986, and the Thaddeus Stevens Technological College, Lancaster, where he was on the wrestling teams. He worked as a construction worker and mason for several area contractors. He enjoyed hunting with his dog Lucy, fishing, rattlesnake hunting and especially attending the Noxen Rattlesnake Roundup.

Surviving are a sister, Carolyn Younce and her husband, James BelAir, Md.; his parental grandmother, Kathryn Jones Stratford, Forest City; an aunt, Mary Ellen Stratford Vocke, Oakhill, Va.; two cousins, Lauren and Brittany Vocke; numerous second cousins and many great, loving friends.

The funeral will Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Delaware Street, Forest City. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Forest City.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until Mass time at the church. Arrangements by the Jones and Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City. Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 22, 2014