March 12, 1946 – January 12, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Graham McCullough.
Graham died suddenly on January 12 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. He was predeceased by his beloved wife “Spike” (Eileen) with whom he travelled the world. The two of them enjoyed many exciting adventures which he loved to record with his camera and share with family members.
He is survived by his sister Mary Jane McCullough of Calgary, his brother Craig of Victoria, British Columbia and his brother Cam and sister-in-law Marnie of Winnipeg and his nephews Keith and Daniel and his niece Megan, all of Winnipeg.
Graham was born in Winnipeg on March 12, 1946. He was the oldest child in the family and took that role seriously, providing strong guidance and counsel throughout his life.
He possessed a keen and curious mind and was a voracious reader who possessed a great deal of knowledge on a wide range of subjects. If you needed help with a construction project, Graham was your man. If your dog was misbehaving, Graham could offer an easy solution, and if you needed a great recipe for tomato sauce, well, Graham could help with that too. He truly was a man of many talents.
Graham was an excellent student and upon graduating with a post-secondary degree in civil technology from the Manitoba Institute of Technology, he was instantly hired by Chevron. He moved to Slave Lake in the late 1960s and, except for a brief stint in Calgary, Slave Lake was his home from that time on. He loved the town and the people and was a long-time member of the board of the town’s library.
Over the years, Graham and Spike opened their home to a number of dogs they rescued from the the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake. Huskies, Afghans, mixed breeds, large dogs, small dogs, Graham and Spike didn’t care. If a dog needed a home, they opened their doors.
Graham’s death was sudden and unexpected and came as a complete shock to his friends and family. He will be missed by those whose lives he touched.
His family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Graham’s friends in Slave Lake who have been overwhelmingly generous, kind and comforting. We would like to particularly thank Graham’s dear friend Katrina for her help during this very difficult time.
As he made clear to us, Graham did not want a funeral service. However, if you would like, you are encouraged to make a donation in his name to the Slave Lake Hospital’s Auxiliary Box 1248 Slave Lake, AB. T0G 2A0