27/08/1935 - 25/02/2020
Obituary for Bruce McCullough
August 27, 1935 – February 25, 2020
It is with heavy hearts we mournfully announce the passing of Bruce McCullough.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Bruce McCullough passed away at his home in Grande Prairie at the age of 84. Bruce was born in Consort, Alberta, the 3rd born child of Hamilton and Ella McCullough.
His early employment consisted of threshing, combining and starting his first business venture in a 50/50 partnership doing custom combining. He supplemented his income with a position as a roughneck at the age of 16. In 1958 at the age of 22 he joined the Edmonton Police Service. In 1965 he went to work with the Inspection Service (Highway Traffic) Branch of the Provincial Government, working in Edmonton and surrounding area for 6 months followed by a 4-month stint at Peace River.
In 1966, the family moved to Grande Prairie. He continued working the government job and decided to add on a sideline of trucking by entering a 50/50 share of a logging truck. He then purchased Edgar & Cissell Trucking in the spring of 1974 and sold out in 1980. He rejoined the trucking business in 1983 where he remained until his retirement in 1995. He diversified his business ventures with a 5-year stint in the food kiosk business. After a decade of retirement, he spent a year working as a safety consultant.
Bruce has enjoyed many activities including flying, quadding, hunting, sledding, downhill skiing, golfing, skeet shooting and spending winters in Yuma, Arizona.
Bruce spent many years dedicating his time to the Shriners organization, including holding the position of Potentate in 1997.
Left to mourn his loss are his sons Patric (Darla, and grandson Nicholas), and Nolan (grand-daughter Christina (Lee) and grandson Thomas (Megan)), his siblings Martha Fugard, Lillian Holmes, Adah (Doug) Fawcett, Carole (Gordon) Heatherington and Grant (Joyce) McCullough,
great grandchildren, companion Dona Laidlaw, along with numerous extended family members and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Perky, brother Robert, brothers in law Milton Holmes, and Cyril Fugard, sisters in law Shirley (Beaumont) and Leslie (Abele) and niece Judith Yaunish.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 – 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, c/o University of Hospital Foundation, 8440 112 St., Edmonton AB T6G 2B7 or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 10140 100 Street, Ft. St. John BC V1J 3Y7
Bruce’s ashes will be interned next to his wife Perky at a private family gathering in the spring of 2020.
Bruce’s care has been entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com
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