James Mark (J) CULKIN 1955 - 2013 He left us late in the evening of the Winter Solstice. His battle with cancer was Hobbesian in character: nasty, brutish, and (thankfully) short. He is survived by his daughters Sarah and Anna; their mother, Susan; his mother, Jean; his sister, Kimm (Bob); nieces and nephew, Jaimie, Tess and Malcolm; and by many loyal friends. He was predeceased by his father, Bud and his trusty canine companion, Sophie.
Historian, raconteur, lawyer and curmudgeon; there was little he liked more than a good argument. He held strong views on what it is to be Canadian. A winter's night, a snowbank, a stuck car and four complete strangers. All put their shoulders to the task; without expectation of reward, and certainly without direction or funding from the Government. We look after each other. In this country it could be a matter of life or death. It could as easily have been our car that got stuck. And, fundamentally, it is the right thing to do.
At J's request a wake will be held in due course. He anticipated that some might wish to raise a glass in his memory. He thought others might want to attend simply to assure themselves he is really dead. To join the guest list, or to pass on condolences to those left behind, email Roger Hofer at: email@example.com.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2013