It is with sadness that we announce the death of Albert Henry Norton Culley, just a few days after his 95th birthday on August 3, 2015 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born July 28, 1920 on a farm in the small community of Lonely Lake, Manitoba. His parents were Rhoda and Ernest Culley.
When he was 21 years old, he joined the Army, trained in Vernon, and went overseas in 1942. Later that same year, he joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment. In 1944, while fighting in Holland, he was wounded when he stepped on a schu mine losing his leg below the knee.
After convalescing, he studied accounting in Vancouver then returned to Rossland where he met and married Marjorie Parker in 1948. He worked for the Benevolent Society in Trail for 28 years, and another 6 years in Cominco’s Pay Office until his retirement in 1981.
He and Marjorie spent many years travelling the world together.
Albert was an active member of the Legion where he served as Secretary for 11 years, and Treasurer for 10 years. He also audited the books for the Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary until his eyes failed. He received a Certificate of Commitment for 50 years of service in 2014.
He enjoyed curling, golfing, and gardening. His family was special to him as he would often say how lucky he was to have them around.
Albert was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, the French National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2014, and just recently Canada’s Certificate of Recognition pin for his “selfless acts of service and sacrifice during the Second World War”.
Albert is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 67 years, his children; Linda Acton (Earl), Lorren Culley (Lisa), Kenneth Culley, Susan Moran (Kevin), and daughter-in-law, Kathy Culley. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Ron Acton, and his two siblings Ernest Culley and Edith Dinger. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to a charity of their choice.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Castlegar United Church (809 Merrycreek Rd, Castlegar) with Rev. Michael Hare officiating in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 170. Interment followed at the Veterans’ Ossuary in Park Memorial Cemetery Castlegar. He will be dearly missed.