Elmer Nathan Strauss, Jr., 85, a longtime resident of Fort Lauderdale, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2019, with his loving family by his side.
Elmer was born on September 4, 1934, in Philadelphia, to Ann (nee' Stoops) and Elmer Strauss, Sr. He attended Pennsylvania Military Prep School, and continued on to receive his bachelor's degree in Engineering from Penn State University. Elmer received his 2nd Lt. ROTC Commission in the Army and shortly thereafter entered active duty, serving much of his time in Germany. The family resided in Absecon, New Jersey for several years before relocating to Fort Lauderdale in 1972.
Elmer's contribution to the Marine Industry of Fort Lauderdale led the City to proclaim September 4th as annual Elmer Strauss Day. The success and prestige of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the Fort Lauderdale Boat Parade are a result of Elmer's enthusiasm and promotion of the marine industry. His entrepreneurial spirit was very strong having founded Cable Marine, D.S. Hull, Boat Owner's Warehouse, BOW Worldwide and Yacht Equipment & Parts. Along the way, Elmer helped many others with his generous heart and guidance to be successful in their own pursuits.
Elmer was a loving father, husband and wonderful friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Elmer is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Virginia Dell Strauss, his grandson Thomas Warren, and his sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Richard Ulrich. He is survived by his six children, Carla Strauss, Peter Strauss and Robin, John Strauss and Mindy, Terri Strauss, James Strauss and Deborah Warren, along with nine grandchildren, Danielle, Amber, Kristin, Jessica, A.J., Grant, Leeann, Marena and Kalysta, and five great grandchildren, Kane, Mason, Jaxon, Joshua, and Alura and niece Nancy Ulrich (Beth).
Services will be held on Monday, October 14 at 4:00 O'clock at Davie United Methodist Church, 6500 SW 47th Avenue, Davie. Immediately after the services, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Pine Island Ridge Country Club, 9400 Pine Ridge Drive, Davie.
In lieu of flowers, etc. donations are invited to the OceanConservancy.org