Steven Strauss, 52

Dec. 27, 1965- July 20, 2018
Steven Strauss, Dec. 27, 1965- July 20, 2018

Steven Douglas Strauss of Toledo, Ohio, who spent summers since he was a child on Shore Road in Amagansett, died on July 20 at Stony Brook University Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 52.

Mr. Strauss was a Latin teacher at Notre Dame Academy in Toledo for over 20 years. “His passion for learning could be noted as he quietly read his latest history tome on the porch of the beach house, one of his favorite pastimes,” wrote a friend who set up a memorial fund online that will raise money for his two college-age children.

He was born to Raymond Strauss and the former Lois Kelly on Dec. 27, 1965, in Smryna, Tenn. He grew up in Englewood, N.J., and then moved to Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in classical history from Hiram College and a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Mr. Strauss married Christine Fox on Sept. 20, 1990. They had two children, Christopher Fox-Strauss and Anne Fox-Strauss. His mother, who lives in Hackensack, N.J., also survives, as does a brother, Keith “Von” Strauss of Islandia.

He loved to cook, was fascinated by bird law, and enjoyed traveling, his family said. 

Mr. Strauss fell ill while watching the World Cup final with friends and family at the Amagansett Seafood Store. His family thanked “the excellent first responders” from Amagansett, as well as Mike O’Rourke, the owner of the store and a longtime family friend, for their help and comfort.

A private ceremony with family will be held on the dunes near his summer house to disperse his ashes along with the ashes of his beloved Irish Wolfhound, Skepna, who died two days after him. 

Memorial contributions have been suggested to an education fund that has been set up for his children.