David Ralph Cullen
After a brief illness, it is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our wonderful dad. On March 28, 2019, at 100 years of age, he passed away peacefully at home, with his daughters by his side.
He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Linda Revel (Don), Marion, and Barbara, his grandsons Cullen (Flo) and Jared and his great grandsons Zander and Jaxon; also several nieces, cousins and their families, as well as “fourth daughter” Sandy Michaud.
Dad was born February 6, 1919. He was raised in Fort Rouge, but St. Vital is where he married mum and raised his family.
He started as an apprentice at CN in 1937. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII and returned to the Railway in 1945 to pursue his career as a Carman. After working 42 years at the Transcona Shops he retired. Dad had many interests, including reading a good western and working on projects in his garage. He was an excellent handyman.
In 2017, after 67 years of marriage, dad lost his beloved wife Bernice (nee Riel). He continued to live in their fifty-five plus apartment complex. Dad loved sports all his life, both watching and participating. He gave up curling at age 97, but not before he was awarded the CKY Sports Star of the Week. At age 99 he was still golfing and playing bridge five times a week. For many years he looked after and kept computerized stats for the Thursday night bridge group at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre. Over the years, mum and dad enjoyed 5 pin bowling and were avid square dancers. It was here they made many lifelong friendships.
Family was very important to dad, as well as his friends and neighbours. He was a quiet gentle soul, loved by all. On February 6, 2019, dad reached the 100 year milestone. A celebration was held with over a 150 family and friends attending this special occasion.
To honour dad’s wishes there will be no service. Dad said that he had his celebration of life at his 100th birthday party and was happy to be there. A private family interment will take place in the summer.
The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Sharkey and the Palliative Care Nurses that provided great support in helping us care for our Dad.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in dad’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of your choice.
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors