Obituary – McCullough, Eileen ‘Spike’

Born: October 20, 1936
Passed: February 18, 2013
Eileen “Spike” McCullough passed away in the early morning of February 18 from complications arising from a 16 month struggle with leukaemia.
Spike was born in London, England on October 20, 1936, the only child of Tom and Margaret Sprott and spent her formative years in Glasgow, Scotland and Ilford, Essex.
After attending Teacher’s College in Weymouth, England, Spike embarked on a teaching career which saw her working in England and Switzerland before accepting a six month contract to teach in Slave Lake. Spike arrived in Slave Lake in January, 1965. From London, England to Slave Lake, then a town of just over a thousand people. It must have been “love at first sight” as apart from two short absences she spent the rest of her life here. She taught in Slave Lake until the mid seventies and then switched over to office work. She also served four terms on the Slave Lake Library Board.
Upon retiring from the workaday world Spike devoted her time to volunteer activities helping out at the library on an almost daily basis and was a founding member of the local Animal Rescue Committee.
Spike is survived by Graham, her husband of nearly 40 years, relatives in the UK, her brother-in-law Cam McCullough and his family of Winnipeg and sister in law Janey Novokowsky of Calgary. She also leaves behind countless friends not only in Slave Lake but around the world from Australia and Jamaica to the UK. In keeping with Spike’s wishes she has been cremated and there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Spike’s memory can be made to either the Slave Lake Municipal Library or the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake.

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