Gil was born in Saskatoon, October 29, 1920. He is remembered as an athlete and a builder. He played six sports during his high school years.
He played in the Saskatoon Senior Men's basketball league, played on five provincial championship teams and winning the scoring title and most valuable player honours two years in a row. For 22 years, Gil was a centre fielder in the Senior "A" softball league. During that time his teams won five Saskatchewan championships plus a Western Canada title in 1948. He won the batting championship in 1950 and was selected several times to the All-Star team. Strumm has also been active in curling (35 years) and golf (six years).
As a builder, Gil has been involved with basketball, softball, football, baseball, hockey and curling. He coached in two world softball tournaments in 1953 in Toronto and 1970 in Osaka, Japan. As a recipient of several awards, Gil was selected as the Kinsmen Sportsman of the year in 1969. Strumm was the recipient of the Queen's Medal in 1977.
He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.