Samuel Arthur Culling, beloved uncle of Lois (Michael), Kathy (Keith), Bob (Sharon), Virginia (Don), Jeanne (Jim), Connie (Vern) and Cameron ( Valerie), passed away in the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Monday February 28, 2005, at the age of 84.
Helen and Genevieve, Sam’s sisters-in-law mourn his passing with great sadness. Uncle Sam was predeceased by his parents, Lois and Will, and his two brothers, Thomas Sydney, and John William. Sam was born on June, 19, 1920 in a Chevy on the way to the Armstrong, B.C. hospital. After spending the late twenties and early thirties in Calgary, he and his family moved to the Blindman River Valley close to Bluffton. There, Sam and his two brothers, embarked on a journey only young boys would appreciate, as the family worked hard to make a go of the farm. Sam Culling volunteered for WWII and served in the 14th C.A.R (Calgary Tanks). He was a tank driver and survived being knocked out twice while serving in the Italian and Northwest Europe Campaigns. He received the 39-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, 39-45 War Medal with Bar, the Canadian Volunteer Medal, and the Defense Medal. After seeing so much of the world in the most unpleasant of circumstances, Sam returned to the family farm in 1946, where he remained until his passing.
Through his hard work he built the farm into a successful farming operation. He remained a bachelor all his life, but often joked, when he was in his 80’s, that it was time he got married. Uncle Sam was a kind, gentle, and generous man, who will not be forgotten. Sam was many things to many different people, he was a quiet, hardworking, single minded, and yes, a stubborn man, but ever loyal and faithful to his friends and family, ever willing to lend a hand when it was needed. He was a man of few words but for those that knew and loved him, he was also a man of great kindness and good humor. He was the old-fashioned friend and neighbour personified.
He will be missed by his close friends Bill Gillespie, and Don and Linda Simons. He bids goodbye to all his friends and family. The family would like to thank the kind staff at the Rimbey Hospital for their care during his last days.
In keeping with Sam’s wishes a simple Memorial Service and informal reception will be held on March 10, 1:00 PM from Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, Rimbey. At the Memorial, friends and relatives are encouraged to share memories of Sam. Interment of Sam’s cremated remains will take place in the Mount Auburn Cemetery at a later date.
If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 12010 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 9Z9.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at email@example.com
Wilson’s Funeral Chapel serving Central Alberta with locations in Rimbey and Lacombe in charge of the arrangements. Phone: (403) 843-3388 or (403) 782-3366
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