MCCULLOCH, Brian Russell

Brian McCulloch


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1945 - 2015


Brian Russell McCulloch, husband of Lyn McCulloch, passed away in Taber on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the age of 70 years.


Besides his wife Lyn, Brian is survived by their children Cory McCulloch of Calgary and Koreen (Randy) Muir of Glen Ewen, Saskatchewan. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Marina Muir, Cassidy Muir and Austin Muir.


Brian was born July 2, 1945 in Souris, Manitoba to Hugh and Elva McCulloch, the second of four children. He spent his early years farming and then moved into the fertilizer and chemical business, a career that spanned thirty five years. He began his career with Prairie Gold Seeds in Bunclody, Manitoba and was later employed with Shur-Gro Farm Services in Brandon, Manitoba, eventually expanding his interests into irrigation as well. Following his interest in irrigation, Brian moved his family to Taber. Over the years, they made moves to Strathmore and Viking where he continued in his field of expertise, meeting many people and making numerous friends along the way.


In 2000, Brian and Lyn returned to Taber to “retire”, which really meant that he liked the climate and could stay busy working when he felt the urge, including hauling potatoes and custom making tarp straps.


Brian was never content to be still and was happiest puttering at tarp straps, haggling for the best deal at a garage sale or thumping someone soundly at cards. He avidly followed the progression of Cory’s career as a journeyman heavy duty crane operator, currently in the tar sands of Fort McMurray. He was always interested in hearing about the daily happenings on site which Cory shared with him regularly by phone.


Although Brian never had the opportunity to pursue further education himself, he always strongly encouraged and supported his grandchildren in furthering their education. Always interested in their daily happenings, Koreen will miss that voice on the other end of the line asking “What’s new at the zoo?” and hearing his reactions range from snorts to chuckles and even howls of laughter at the kids and their antics and misadventures.


There truly will be emptiness left with his absence and it will be felt by family and friends alike.


Following a brief, two-week battle with bone cancer, Brian’s fervent request was to pass quietly and to simply be remembered privately by his family and friends.

© Virden Empire-Advance

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