It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Donald W. McCulloch on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 after a brief illness.
Donald was born Dec. 8, 1928 in Baldur, Man. to Wallace and Jenny (Mullin) McCulloch. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to the Mather, Man. area.
Donald received his education in the Graham and Mather Schools. At an early age, he worked in the mines at Red Lake, Ont., returning home in the summers to help his father on the farm.
On Dec. 30, 1950, Donald married Adrienne Melvin and settled in Red Lake, working in the mines at Red Lake and Snow Lake for 20 years. During that time, he and Adrienne were active in the United Church.
Donald also served on the local school board at Red Lake.
In 1971, Donald pursued his dream of farming, purchasing a dairy farm in the Barwick, Ont. area and happily farmed there for nearly 30 years.
Don also was very active in the community, serving on municipal council, including one term as reeve, the local Milk Board (was president for one term), and on the local Ontario Federation of Agriculture (including one term as president).
Don also served on the board of the Stratton United Church, and led horses for the Therapeutic Riding Association.
After selling the farm, Don settled in the Devlin, Ont. area, continuing his volunteer activities in the Guthrie United Church in Devlin and at the food bank in Emo.
As a young child and throughout his life, Don enjoyed reading and learning, even returning to high school to pick up his Grade 12 in his mid-1960s.
After retirement, Don and Nell travelled across Canada visiting family and friends, and exploring new places; attending dances and playing cards; and attending various school functions to support and enjoy his grandchildren’s activities.
Camping was a highlight of his summers.
Don’s grandchildren were a very important part of his life. He became involved in “Tae Kwon Do,” taking his grandchildren and enjoying the sport himself.
Donald is survived by his wife, Nell; two children, John (Eline) and Margaret (Sean); and eight grandchildren, Justin (Crystal), Nicole, Mark, Candace, Terra (Pat), Teresa, Brady, and Kaylee.
Also surviving are three sisters, Dorothy, Marjorie, and Elsie (Jim); one brother, Lorne (Beverly); five step-children; 11 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and Donna and Paul Heyens.
Donald was predeceased by his first wife, Adrienne in 1997; son, Hugh on May 12, 2007; parents, Wallace and Jenny McCulloch; and brothers-in-law, Bill Work and Graham McLeod.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Ont., with Rev. Frances Flook and Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
Pallbearers were Doris Dyson, Bob Woolsey, Paul Heyens, and David Melvin.
The honourary pallbearers were Ellen Caul, Gunter Rittau, Keith Melvin, Ian Tetlock, and Gene Kurytnik.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Emo Knox United Church, or the Guthrie United Church c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.0. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
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