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Thomas Augustus Strickland III (Gus)
  • December 15, 1976
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  • September 16, 2022

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Thomas Augustus Strickland III (Gus), age 45, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away September 16, 2022.

Gus was born December 15, 1976 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to his beautiful parents Mary Ann and Thomas Strickland Jr.

Gus’ life was full of amazing people, tremendous experiences, and very strong faith. He earned his Marine Mechanics Degree from Florida Keys Community College and followed in his father’s footsteps in becoming an electrician. He was an entrepreneur of Strickland Electric in Edgewater, Florida, and continued his career as a devoted electrician to The City of Daytona Beach for over 13 years.

Gus loved being outdoors and his passion was saltwater fishing, particularly Chokoloskee and the Keys. He also loved hunting hogs with his friends and beating his mom and wife in Jeopardy. Gus’ belly laugh was contagious to everyone and just his smile meant he was a friend forever. He was genuine, honest, kind, gentle, loving, and gave the firmest handshakes and strongest bear hugs.

Gus was loved by and will be missed by so many. He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Jody Strickland of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, mother Mary Ann Strickland and father Thomas Strickland Jr. of Lantana, Florida, sister Katie McKinley (Paul) of Tampa, Florida, half-sister Tanya Strickland (Nichole) of New Market, Tennessee, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Gus is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jay and Ruth Kirby, and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Emma Strickland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.


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  1. Don&Helen lit a candle:
    02 Dec 2022
    Lit since December 2, 2022 at 12:32:40 AM

  2. Kenneth Johnson says:
    01 Nov 2022
    Loved that guy what a laugh he had. Always could make me smile

  3. Jason Camara says:
    01 Nov 2022
    Gus had an infectious personality and could light up a room. No one told a better joke than you! Rest easy my friend!

  4. Willie says:
    31 Oct 2022
    My coworker from the city gus you will be truly miss my brother

  5. Aunt Rosita lit a candle:
    30 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 30, 2022 at 10:35:02 PM

  6. Chris preis says:
    30 Oct 2022
    Next time you hold the leads and I'll crank the megger. Rest in peace Gus.

  7. Mort says:
    30 Oct 2022
    Gus, I miss your jokes and laughter. You were a joy to be around…this one’s for you!!!

  8. Adam Carmon says:
    29 Oct 2022
    Gus was my best friend, brother, and co-worker. We had alot of adventures together. From hunting hogs to fishing after work. Air boat tours to showing off at the gun range. Or watching Archer on our lunch break. Gus had a laugh that was infectious and loved a good joke. A wonderful man, friend and husband. I miss you buddy.

  9. Adam Carmon posted an image:
    29 Oct 2022


  10. Margie and Jimmy Ferrara says:
    29 Oct 2022
    Gus was our “third son”, another brother to our two sons, a smile to light up your heart. His kindness and caring ways always made you instantly happy. We will miss you, your voice, your beautiful laugh, and of course those hugs. Our prayers to your parents and your wife, and all of your many friends. We are missing you already, heaven has gained an angel.

  11. Marjorie Ferrara lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 29, 2022 at 10:30:32 AM

  12. Amanda lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 29, 2022 at 10:30:01 AM

  13. Amanda lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 29, 2022 at 10:29:36 AM

  14. Amanda lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 29, 2022 at 10:28:43 AM

  15. Angel says:
    29 Oct 2022
    Jody, my heart hurts for you, because I know Gus has been your best friend and love of your life for many years! He will be with you always! I love you!

    Gus, I can hear your laugh right now. From piña coladas at at dawn, fishing til dusk or later (tarpon!) to late night poker games! We all laughed til we cried! When you married one of my best friends, life just got even better! I knew she had a great man to watch over her and protect her, and I know you will continue to watch over her and be with her for years to come. Thank you for the many memories! Love and miss you, my sweet friend!

  16. Cathy Harris lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 29, 2022 at 10:00:04 AM

  17. Jody Strickland says:
    28 Oct 2022
    My husband, my soulmate, my best friend, my whole heart, I am missing you and everything about you every second of every day. Your love, your gentleness, your strength, your laughter, your kindness, your devotion to your family resonates all around me. I love you and will always love you with all of my heart and soul. I am looking forward to the day I see you and we hold hands once again in the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hugs and kisses, I’ll see you in my dreams.

  18. Hagers lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 28, 2022 at 10:54:37 PM

  19. Adam Carmon lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 28, 2022 at 10:16:58 PM

  20. Carmen Ferrara lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2022
    Lit since October 28, 2022 at 10:51:16 PM

  21. Carmen Ferrara posted an image:
    28 Oct 2022
    Gus an Ava
    Gus an Ava

  22. Carmen Ferrara posted an image:
    28 Oct 2022
    Best friends
    Best friends

  23. Carmen Ferrara says:
    28 Oct 2022
    Gus has a smile and laugh that’s been bringing me joy since I was six years old, to the best fishing buddy to brother and friend you will never be forgotten and always loved.
    Carmen Ferrara

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