Douglas Kulak

KULAK – DOUGLAS EMIL

November 4, 1940 – July 20, 2007

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death due to a heart attack, of Douglas Emil Kulak at the young age of 66 while camping in Clearwater.

Doug was the youngest of three children born to Emil and Kay Kulak in Vernon, B.C. As a young man he worked hard on the family farm and as a teenager he became a strong boxer with the Golden Gloves and participated in bouts in Vancouver, B.C. In 1957 he moved to Dawson Creek, B.C. and was employed by the Dawson Truck Shop. He pursued an apprenticeship in heavy duty mechanics and became a very skilled and successful International mechanic. He met and married Helen Braun in 1959 and had two daughters. While living happily in Dawson Creek, recreational time was spent out in the wilderness hunting and camping. He always took his family on summer vacations every year, exploring many beautiful places. He loved to be outdoors and spent many hours preparing for his travels. He was very particular and everything had its special spot. He enjoyed playing baseball and was a fabulous player, even coaching later on in life. Deciding to move to the Vernon area in 1974, they settled in Lavington and Doug worked in Lumby for a short time at Chaput’s Garage as a heavy duty mechanic. He later was employed by Bloom & Sigalet in Vernon. He poured his heart and soul into his work, staying with the company for 28 years until his early retirement in 2002. Retirement allowed more time for traveling. He was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of driving and camping across Canada, as well as touring Alaska. Most weekends were spent out camping with Shelly, Jim and Beverly. Winters in his workshop were all about woodworking. Doug was very, very creative and gave those he loved many beautiful pieces of woodworking. He continually amazed people by inventing gadgets and gizmos. He was always there to lend a hand more often than not just doing the whole thing himself. A man of few expressed emotions, he showed us how much he loved us by the actions he took. He looked after us all.

He leaves behind people who loved him dearly, his wife of 48 years Helen, his daughters Susan (James), Shelly (Jim), his special granddaughters, Alisha Brittany and Beverly, special friend Kevin Rouck, as well as his sisters Doris (John) and Joyce, many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father Emil in 1978 and his mother Katherine in 2002.

As per Dad’s wishes, there will be no service. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. Memories, special stories or condolences that you may want to share with the family would be comforting. Please feel free to email: h.kulak@shaw.ca

We will deeply miss his special smile, his wise words and conversation over a hot cup of coffee.

Rest in peace Dad…we love you.