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60 Roe Ave
P.O. Box 539
Gander, NL A1V 2E1
Phone: 709-256-8585 or 1-888-256-8585
Fax: 709-256-7606
Walter Cull

Walter Cull

Thursday, May 19th, 1932 - Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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Walter Aaron (Walt) Cull
May 19, 1932 – February 27, 2020

Our Dad slipped away quietly, but unexpectedly, in his 88th year, leaving a huge hole in the fabric of our family.

Dad grew up in Great Brehat, a tiny fishing outport on the northern tip of the Northern Peninsula. He grew up fishing the North Atlantic with his father and older brothers. But his mother wanted more for him that the vagaries of open boat fishing, and encouraged his education. So began his 43 career as an educator; teacher, high school principal, president of the former NTA, and Superintendent of Education for the Exploit’s Valley School District. Dad was always proud of his upbringing, and always spoke highly of Great Brehat and the people who lived there.

Dad is survived by the love of his life, Helena. He is also survived by his daughters Paula Waterman (Clement George) and Deneen Cull (Corrie Davis); his sons Barry Cull (Barbara) and Dwayne Cull (Barbara); his six beautiful granddaughters Bonnie Vautour (Eric), Bethanne Stuckless (Tim), Darcy Cull, Jillian Waterman (Matthew Davis), Mallory Cull (John Eckert), and Claire Davis; and his four cherished great grandchildren Gweneth Stuckless, Gabriel Stuckless, Ophelia Vautour, and Roseanne Vautour; his sister Florrie Keats; four sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law, and spouse’s; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his son Ronnie; his son-in-law Kevin Waterman; his parents Thomas and June Cull; his parents-in-law Hector and Mary Burden; his sisters Elizabeth Janes (Charles), Helen Anderson (Job), and Olive Simms (Jacob); brothers Roy, Cephas, and William Henry (Eunice); three very special brothers-in-law Ray Keats, Everett Osmond, and John (Jack) Parsons; sister-in-law Millie Burden and four nephews and three nieces.

Dad received his first university degree at the former Memorial University while supporting a wife and two children. He spent six summers completing his Master’s degree at the University of Ottawa, with a wife and four children in tow. Dad rarely went far without Mom by his side or supporting him in some way, during a marriage of nearly 67 years.

Mom and Dad have also travelled the world. Apart from many trips to “the mainland” and various parts of the USA, they have also visited South America, Europe, and Africa. But their greatest love was always the outdoors of our beautiful province. While we were growing up, we often went trout fishing, berry picking, and had picnics and “boil-ups”. Then Mom and Dad built an A-frame cabin at Western Arm on Notre Dame Bay in the early 1980’s. Dad finally had a piece of his beloved salt water! Over the past 30 years we have had literally hundreds of family events there, including many birthday celebrations, a wedding, and too many games of cards to count, watching many hockey games, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Dad and Mom also had a hunting cabin near Buchan’s for moose hunting and catching rabbits.

Dad has received many awards and accolades during his life, from his career as an educator and his lifelong involvements as a Rotarian and with the United Church. But his greatest source of pride was always reserved for the achievements of his family. In his later years, he reveled in news about his grand/great grandchildren, constantly asking about them. Dad was also a voracious reader and was always knowledgeable about current affairs.

Donations in Dad’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of Newfoundland or to a charity of one’s choice would be graciously accepted. Visitation will be held at Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on March 2, 2020. His funeral will be held at Fraser Road united Church, Gander, at 2 pm on Tuesday, March 3. Interment will be held at a later date at Botwood, NL.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    Address
    60 Roe Ave
    Gander
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    Address
    60 Roe Ave
    Gander
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Fraser Road United Church
    Address
    Gander
    Officiant
    Rev, Kathy Brett

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Ivan and Beth Hibbs

Posted at 11:50am
Barbara, Barry, and all the Cull family, Beth and I are saddened to hear of Walter’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. I first met Walter in 1964 when I first began my teaching career, while he was Principal of the Botwood United Church Highschool. I knew then that he was an exceptional leader. Later when I crossed paths with Walter in his several educator roles, his communication skills always impressed me. But, Beth and I got to know Walter as a family friend after his son, Barry, married my sister, Barbara. Walter always greeted us with a friendly and gentle smile that will remain etched in our memories.
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Paul

Posted at 08:50pm
I was sad to hear of Walt's passing. I have many fond memories of Walt and the rest of you Cull gang at West Arm. Walt always had a kind word and easy conversation when I'd see him at the cabin. I'm sure he will be missed.

Paul James and family.
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Fred Humber

Posted at 02:38pm
To the Cull family
Walter set the bar very high at everything he did. Those of us in the class of 1962 were blessed to have him as both principal and teacher. His devotion to educating his students was something to behold. Whenever any of us get together and discuss the good old days invariably Walter's name comes up along with quotes from the good old Dondo french text book. He was always reaching to improve and one time he came right out and told us that he tried to learn a new word every week and would would apply that word it whenever he could including in his numerous speeches in assemblies. We were always on the lookout for that. We was very impressed with that. His boundless energy and zest for life was something to behold. He transitioned from being our educator to being a good friend. We had some great chats over the years and in later years about the countless pails of blueberries he had picked that season.
The last time we spoke was at Handy Andy in Botwood when I encountered he and Mrs. Cull unexpectedly . Walter had had a profound affect on my life for which I am truly grateful. My deepest sympathies to all of the Cull family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Thank you Walter and may you rest in peace.
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Eric Gulliford

Posted at 08:33am
Margaret(Attwood) Gulliford and Eric Gulliford
Sorry to hear of Mr. Cull's death. He hired me for my first teaching job in Botwood in 1965. Two years later he did a great job as MC at our wedding. He was also Margaret's high school principal. Many fond memories.
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Florence and John Horwood

Posted at 10:59pm
We are thinking of all of you at this time, we are so sorry for your loss
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