He was born in Waterloo and was educated locally. He apprenticed as a barber and worked at J.J. MacCallum's News and Barber Shop until 1918. Sturm served on Kitchener council from 1924 to 1926, in 1928, from 1930 to 1932, from 1936 to 1942 and from 1944 to 1953.
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