Walter Aaron (Walt) Cull
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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.