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LEFT Part-time lake resident Bruce Stritesky calls a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons in 2010. Stritesky has worked as an umpire in the National Football League for the past five seasons. RIGHT Stritesky relaxes at home in Roanoke with his wife of 19 years, Teresa.


his longtime sweetheart at Halesford Baptist Church in Wirtz and, after he bought out his partner’s share of the townhome, he and Teresa would live at the lake for 10 years. When the couple adopted two children – Sawyer, now 16, and Jacob, 15 – in 1998, they moved back to Roanoke but kept their links to the lake, the boys growing up on the water much like their dad. These days, if he’s not towing his sons on inflatables, Stritesky has the boat anchored somewhere secluded, the family swimming and sunning. Stritesky has had some moments in the sun as an official, too, particularly in 2005 when he called the Gator Bowl in January, NFL Europe’s World Bowl in June and the Conference USA championship game in December. NFL officiating supervisors have chosen him to work four playoff games in his 5 years in the league.

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