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Scout project focuses on remembering Ed Strang

Members of Boy Scout Troop 3 in Derby are working on a project that entails collecting memories of Ed Strang, a long-time Valley Boy Scout and community leader.

People who have memories of Strang that enriched their lives are encouraged to send them in, said Bob Bednarcik, Troop 3 committee member.

“Over his lifetime Ed was a friend, father figure and mentor to many boys and a positive influence to most whose lives he touched,” Bednarcik said. “Among other endeavors, Ed was a Scout leader and Cub leader for about 68 years. He was a positive influence on thousands of lives.”

Strang was a World War II veteran, Scout master of Troop 3, Cub master of Pack 3, advisor to Explorer Post 33, Sunday school teacher, and an incorporator of the Derby Little League.

He also coached the Laurels Little League team, was past president of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club and a member of the Housatonic Council Executive Board.

He died in 1995 at age 85.

Gary Scarpa, director of the Shelton High School Drama Club and co-director of the Center Stage Theatre, has sent in his memories.

“I was discovered by a talent scout by the name of Ed Strang in the basement of the Methodist Church, known as the “red church” across from the Derby Green,” Scarpa said. “He changed the course of my life.”

“My life was shaped by just three men — my father, Ed Strang and a professor of chemistry at Yale University,” said Robert Feeney, former vice president of Pfizer Corp. “Everything I did and became in my life I owe to these three men who directed my feet in the right paths.”

In 1960, Alice Costello received two tickets to the Troop/Pack 3 Gang Show that takes place annually at the Derby Methodist Church and enjoyed it so much that she later participated in the show, singing Second Hand Rose.

She was a den mother in a Cub pack in Bridgeport and decided that she would run a similar type show, Bednarcik said. Strang supplied her with jokes and ideas.

Costello went on to attend 43 of the Troop/Pack 3 Gang Shows.

To send in memories of Strang, call Bednarcik at 203-888-2956, mail the information to Robert Bednarcik, 95 Old Church Road, Oxford, CT 06478 or email him at RobertBednarcik@netscape.net.

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