Bernard “Bernie” David Huculak,
surrounded by family, went peacefully to
meet his Lord Jesus Christ on December
15, 2008 at the North Okanagan
Hospice House in Vernon. Bernie was
born September 10, 1930 on the family
homestead in Skaro, Alberta, the sixth of
eleven children. Always devoted to his
family, Bernie spent his early years working
on the family farm and helping care for his
siblings and later his numerous nieces and nephews. After moving with
the family from Alberta to Armstrong, BC in the early 1970’s, Bernie cared
for his parents for many years. After the responsibility of caring for his
parents, Bernie became a well known ambassador of the town. Every
weekday, Bernie walked his one km route visiting the post offi ce, then
many downtown businesses where he greeted everyone with a friendly
smile and “Enjoy your day!” He took great pride in his mission to visit
the people of the town and made a personal connection with everyone
A man of great faith, Bernie attended daily Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church in Armstrong and enjoyed many years of helping at St. Joseph’s
food booth at the I.P.E.
His parents Ann and Joseph, brothers Bernard, Henry and Clarence,
sisters Evelyn and Florence predeceased Bernie. He is survived by brothers
Adolph (Mary), Alfred (Odette) and Ted, sisters Henrietta (Chuck) and
Leona (Gary), sister-in-law Catherine, as well as many generations of
nieces and nephews.
Many thanks to the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Central Okanagan
and North Okanagan Hospices Houses and the Kelowna Cancer Clinic
who helped ease Bernie’s pain and make him comfortable during his
illness. Special thanks to the citizens of Armstrong who were part of
Bernie’s family, held a special place in his heart and supported him until
Prayers will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Armstrong on Sunday,
December 28, at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated
Monday, December 29, at 10:00 a.m. Father Tony Ackerman celebrant.
Interment to follow in family plot of Armstrong Spallumcheen Cemetery.
In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice
House, 2035 Ethel St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6, North Okanagan Hospice
Society, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4 or a charity of your
choice. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Home,
Armstrong, 250 546-7237.