Three women who lost their mother around the holidays less than 20 years ago spent New Year’s Eve mourning their father.
Joseph Strike Jr., 52, of Galloway Township, died Monday evening on his motor scooter near Moss Mill Road and Quail Hill Boulevard.
Strike was hit by a car driven by Michael Ryan, 24, also of Galloway, eastbound on Moss Mill Road about 6:18 p.m., police said.
A witness told police the scooter was stationary in the eastbound lane of the road for unknown reasons, police said.
“He was the most loving, goofy, amazing father in the world,” said Geralyn Strike, 28, his eldest daughter.
After his wife died, he was devastated and never remarried, Geralyn Strike said. The holidays are a bittersweet time of year for the girls.
She said her father loved fishing and was a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and a 20-year season ticket holder— a habit formed after his wife first bought him season tickets in the early 1990s.
“He never missed a game. We have high hopes the Eagles will win this year. We were saying if they do, then of course it would happen when he isn’t here to see it,” she said.
Strike had a fishing boat, which he loved to go out on before it was wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, Geralyn Strike said.
Geralyn Strike said her father was a welder who belonged to the Local 454 and had helped with many big projects.
One she remembers him talking about was the Somers Point-Longport bridge.
Strike had lived alone since all three daughters were older and had moved away, Geralyn Strike said. Most of the family is in Philadelphia, where Strike grew up.
None of the family knew why Strike was out on the road Monday.
“None of us had a chance to speak to him before it happened, and we still have to talk to the police,” Geralyn Strike said.
All she knew was that her father was in critical condition when the hospital called that night. After rushing to the hospital with her two sisters and hearing the news, they starting calling family members.
By Tuesday morning, some family still hadn’t heard the news from them but found out through news reports.
“It’s a big family,” she said. And a close-knit one, too.
“That’s how my dad was, the center of the family. He always got everyone together,” Geralyn Strike said. “This is devastating news for all of us.”
The accident remains under investigation by Galloway Township police.
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