Richard Strain, CCA & SMACNA member dies at 87

Richard Chalmers Strain, former head of C.B. Strain & Son and a longtime member of the Construction Contractors Association, SMACNA and Sheet Metal Local 38, died at his home in Poughkeepsie on April 4, 2020. He was 87.

Known by his friends as Dick, he was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on September 17, 1932, but shortly thereafter the family moved to Poughkeepsie where Dick lived for the rest of his life.

Dick attended Clinton School, then spent two years at Poughkeepsie High School and graduated from Philips Exeter in 1950. Dick attended Yale University as an engineering student. He graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1954 and a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in 1955.

Following graduation from Yale, Dick worked for his father, at C.B. Strain & Son, an HVAC company then located in the City of Poughkeepsie. Dick took over as President of the company at his father’s death in 1975. He became CEO when his daughter, Karen, took over as President in 2009, and remained until the sale of the business in 2012.

Dick served on a number of boards and was a strong supporter of innumerable local charities throughout his life.