Eric Hulan

03/06/1938 - 22/05/2021

Obituary For Eric Hulan

June 3, 1938 – May 22, 2021
We are sad to announce the passing of Eric Hulan, husband to Lyla, his wife of 59 years, and father to Audrey Walsh, Vincent (spouse Erin Lynch) and Vance Hulan (spouse Sheri Hulan). He also leaves behind grandchildren, April MacMillan, Tara MacMillan (boyfriend Kris Skodje, Eric Hulan Jr, Cole Hulan, and Jonathan Hulan. He was predeceased by his son in law, Joe Walsh. Eric would have been 83 years old in June.
Eric was born and raised in Jeffreys, Newfoundland until joining the RCAF in 1955 at the age of 17. He spent 24 years in, moving back and forth across Canada until finally retiring when arriving in Grande Prairie (Beaverlodge Air force Base) in 1979. There after Eric took up the career as a Real Estate Agent with Granco Realty and Canterra Realty for 27 years, where he made many a good friend and had lots of good times and memories.
Eric enjoyed many things before and after retiring such as camping, fishing, and spending lots of time with his family always but particularly enjoyed family holidays and turkey dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas. He was a big fan of the video camera back and has recorded many memories of the family and children left for us to cherish from these events.
Even though Eric had retired at retirement age, he never stopped building projects for the family such as decks, screen rooms, and a shop, and worked well into his 70's with his sons at their oilfield business.
The patriarch of the family, although slowed down much in his more recent years, was always great at making sure the family was together for many an outing over the years. You will be sorely missed. We love you Husband, Dad, and Grandpa.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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It was an honour and a privilege to have known Eric. Great memories of the many things that i was a part of. Rest in Peace.
- Duncan Mac Millan
Lyla and Family..Sincere condolences on Eric's passing. Peace be with you all. Anne & Gord Graydon
- Anne Graydon
Lyla, thinking of you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Eric was a great guy and Tom considered him a good friend.
- Jan Shields
Lyla we are sorry to hear about Eric . Sending you hugs. Phil and Judy Barber
- Judy Barber
Thora worked with Eric We really like him He was a very nice person
- Rejean Grenier

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

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How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

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Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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