Walter (Waddy) Kulai
Walter (Waddy) Kulai passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 12, 2005 in the Nanaimo Regional Hospital after a long courageous battle with heart disease. “Waddy” as he was known, was born on June 15, 1925 in Ladysmith, B.C., moving to Nanaimo with his parents John and Martha and seven older siblings in 1929. During World War II Waddy served on the Frigate H.M.C.S. Car/place in the Atlantic Theatre from 1943-1946 in the Service of the Royal Canadian Navy. Active in soccer, softball and baseball following an Honorable Discharge from the R.C.N. He became a trade Tin Smith and furthered his career in his chosen field until he was forced to retire in 1980 due to his health. Waddy was part owner of Nanaimo’s Pacific Sheet Metal Co. then employed with other companies. His last project was supervising the installation of the heating and air conditioning in the Woodgrove Shopping Mall. Retirement was great, Waddy enjoyed fishing, motor home vacations across Canada, U.S.A. and Alaska. He loved nature, gold panning and cooking gourmet meals –
‘Kicking it up a Notch.” Waddy will be sadly missed by his family and many friends and good neighbors. Survived by his loving wife Alfreda (Freda) of 53 yrs., his loving and devoted son Rick; grandchildren Sean, Chelsea Samantha and Alex.
Pre-deceased by his eldest son, Gary John in 1983 and seven siblings. He will be missed by his in-laws, Bertha Kulai, Thelma (Gordon) Dudley, Gertrude Pozzi of Portland, Oregon. Fred (Irene) smith and Robert Smith; several nephews and nieces, great nieces and nephews and cousins and good neighbors. Special thanks to Dr. E. Cancade who devotingly cared for Waddy, and previously Dr. V. Silva, Dr. J.H. Dundley, Dr. B. Horner and the nursing staff at N.R.G.H.
Honoring Waddy’s wishes, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, if desired donations may made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #257 Lantzville, B.C. V0R 2H0.
First Memorial Funeral Services
Nanaimo, British Columbia