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Obituary of Ian McCulloch
“The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things...”
On October 8, as the sun came up, surrounded by love, and freed from pain, Ian set out for his next adventure. ... and there’s sure to be a coffee waiting for him.
Ian was a loving father and heartfelt friend. His gentle soul, kind heart, helping hands and quick wit will be forever missed by all who knew him. The days will not feel complete without hearing his commanding voice call out “G’day, eh!” or his quiet humming of a made-up tune. Ian’s life was one well lived, serving with pride in the Canadian Armed Forces Corps of Signals, and as a Paramedic in careers that spanned over 57 years.
He was also deeply involved with Red Cross, as both a volunteer and as a First Aid and CPR instructor. He trained many civilians, nurses and first responders, always infusing his teachings with wisdom, experience, and a healthy dose of humour.
Ian loved to explore, and his work and personal travels took him to Egypt, Europe, China, western Canada, and his beloved Kosovo and Progreso. Ian loved to be on the go, and enjoyed catching up with friends over coffee, gardening, finding “treasures” at yard sales, acting as foreman for Kirsty and Matt’s renovations, crossword puzzles, documentaries, and just making people laugh. He had a caring and generous spirit, always willing to step up and help out.
Ian will be reunited with those who have gone before him - his parents (James and Joan), brothers (Jim and Dave), wife (Judi), many dear friends, and countless 4-legged fur-babies.
Left to carry on are his beloved daughters Heather (Darren Miller) and Kirsty (Matt Giesebrecht) and favourite grand-dog Chase, who will surely wind up in treat withdrawal; niece Delaina Brown (Doug) and nephew David McCulloch (Jen); his special friends Meral and Bekim Gllareva, and their son Erion; his many close friends; his cherished church community; his paramedic family; and the staff of his favourite Tim Horton’s. They all love him dearly, and will miss him forever.
With that mischievous grin, and a twinkle in his eye, “Sarge” is 10-7, and heading home.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273). Cremation has already taken place. Ian’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 15 from 2:00- 4:00 pm and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Following the service will be a time of fellowship and refreshments. After the reception, a private family service will take place at the Belleville Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Cornerstone Church or the Quinte Humane Society..