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james mcculloch

12-Jul-1930 - 19-Sep-2022

One day over coffee with Mom and Dad, Dad casually mentioned that he thought he would live to be 87. He was 85 at the time and usually made better predictions than that. On September 19, 2022, at age 92, he joined his wife/“girlfriend” (Diane McCulloch) of 67 years who predeceased him by 3 years. Dad’s parents, Herbert and Ruby McCulloch of London, Ontario, have long since passed. He leaves his children Brian (Debbie), David (Heather), and Lenore (Brian), five loving grandchildren, Andrea (Anthony), Alana (Gio), Lorne, Elaina, and Matthew, and great-granddaughters Alessia and Aila.
Dad always claimed that his life was quite uninteresting until he met a young lady sitting in front of him at a football game. They dated during his undergrad years and were married in 1952. They went on a short honeymoon, returning with ten dollars between them to find out that Dad had graduated and quickly received a job offer.

He had a great career as a meteorologist with the Atmospheric Environment Service (AES), now the Meteorological Service of Canada, starting in Goose Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador), Toronto, Bedford (Nova Scotia), and finally Toronto again where he was affectionately known as “JAWs” due to his initials. Dad valued having a broad base during his time in AES and was a senior manager in all 5 directorates before retiring in 1988 as the Director General of the Canadian Climate Centre. He worked for 36 years and was retired for 34 years. As our extended family tended to be either meteorologists (4 including Dad – is that a record?), or teachers, Dad sometimes had to mediate at family gatherings.

We would like to thank the staff and residents (particularly Carl B and Gordon B) at Chartwell Hollandview Trail for reinvigorating his life following Mom’s passing. We would also like to thank the fantastic staff at Southlake Regional Health Centre for their great services and tremendous caring, not only for Dad and Mom, but for us as family members.

In accordance with his wishes, he has been cremated and a private family gathering will occur later. 

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Arrangements entrusted to Taylor Funeral Home

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