24.8.59 – 6.3.2021 (61 years). Tragic accident at the Tekapo canals while fishing. Very special husband and soulmate of Sue for 35 years. Loving and amazing father of Nicholas, and Amber and best Pops of Connor and Meleah. Special friend of Cindy, and Taten. Loved son of the late Phyl and Clarrie Stratford. Respected brother and brother in law of Gary and Chrissie, Shirley and Gerald, Dianne and Bernie (Qld), and Murray and Lynda (Qld). Loved son in law of the late Donald and Janet Good, special brother in law of Stephen Good (Perth), Carolyn and Terry Brown (Auckland). Loved and respected by all his nieces and nephews. Tragically taken while doing what he loved. “Life’s most beautiful things are not seen with the eyes, but felt with the heart.”Messages to the Stratford family c/- P O Box 472, Ashburton 7740. A service to celebrate Steve’s life will be held at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Wills Street, Ashburton on Wednesday March 17, commencing at 2.00pm. Followed by a private family interment.