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It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Wilson Tulk on February 19, 2023 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge, AB. He was 79 years of age.
Gordon was born in Carmanville, NL where he resided until he was seven years old. At the age of seven, Gordon and his family moved to Penguin Arm where they resided for seven years. Gordon was always a hard-working man. His working life began at the young age of nine when he started working at the sawmill with his father, Elias. At the age of fourteen, Gordon and his family moved to Cox’s Cove, NL where he and his father chased work. This was a common occurrence with Gordon during his younger life and right up until he retired.
During his time in Cox’s Cove, at the age of eighteen he met the love of his life, Madonna. Gordon & Madonna began their life together in Irish Town, NL when Gordon was twenty-one years old. This is where they built their first home and where they started their family and had their first three children, Joseph, Bruce and Donna. When Donna was two months old, they packed up and moved to start a new adventure in Kitchener, ON where he worked at Crow Foundry in Cambridge. During their time in Kitchener, they grew their family and had Cindy, Wally and Connee. They stayed there for eight years.
In 1972, Gordon and Madonna moved back to Cormack, NL for a short time and then to Heart’s Desire to be closer to family until they eventually moved back to Gordon’s home town, Carmanville, NL. From 1972 to 1982 Gordon worked several carpenter jobs and built his skill in building and roofing. In 1982 Gordon and his eldest son, Bruce moved to Fort McMurray to work in the Alberta oil sands. This was short-lived before he eventually moved back to Carmanville for his next endeavour.
In 1982 Gordon and his friend Glenn Parson’s bought the roofing company, Provincial Roofing (1982 Ltd). Eventually, he bought out his partner and was the sole owner of the company where his sons worked with him until 1998.
In 1998, once all their children had grown and had families of their own, Gordon and Madonna moved to Fort McMurray, AB which is where they started to live their life out together moving around different places, and spending time with their family. They travelled back and forth between Newfoundland and Alberta and even spent several years in the Yukon. They took most of their holidays together within the Canadian Rockies, but they did manage to have a trip to California where they walked the Santa Monica beach and explored Disneyland, but what they enjoyed the most was just spending time together.
Family was a huge part of Gordon’s life; he was the happiest with his family sitting around the dinner table. He lived his life by the word of God and the love of his family. He was a role model and go-to person for several people in the family, always offering his advice and wisdom. He was a mentor and father figure to many people and a major pillar to our family and the communities he resided in and he will be greatly missed.
Gordon was predeceased by his mother, Clara Tulk; his father, Elias Tulk; mother-in-law, Alice Wells; father-in-law, Wallace Wells; his son, Joseph Tulk; his brothers, Alvin Tulk and Austin Tulk; his sisters, Mona Tulk, Marjorie Tulk, Elma Tulk and Viona Tulk; sisters-in-law, Mary Tulk, Kay Clarke and Doreen Langer; niece, Glenda Tulk; great-niece, Georgia Mullet; nephew, Tyler Tilson; and several aunts, uncles and extended family.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his loving wife, Madonna Tulk; his children, Bruce (Colleen) Tulk, Donna (Paul) Manuel, Connee (Shawn) Wells, Cindy (Jeff) Coles and Wally (Joanne) Tulk; his siblings, Gilbert Tulk, Boyde (Marilyn) Tulk, Ivan (Sheila) Tulk, Barbara (Stan) Hart, Norma Morgan, Maria (Bram) Tulk, Patsy Tulk and Faye (Dan) Roth; his grandchildren, Kayla (Dawson) Abbott, Pamela (Shamus) Legere, Shandi (Shaun) Clarke, Ashley Lynn (Justin) Coles, Kerry Tulk, Amber (Matthew) Tulk, Michael (Megan) Tulk, Danielle Coles, Anthony Tulk, Robbie Wells, Channon (Jenna) Manuel and Heidi (Cody) Hunt; his great-grandchildren, Averial Snow, Kaleb Snow, Shae Snow, Layla Tulk, Raeleigh Clarke, Chanel Knodell-Legere, Harlee Tulk, Evalynn Legere, Willow Clarke, Westlee Tulk, Hudson Sheppard, Conner, Austin and Emma Manuel, Bria, Kesler and Pierson Hunt, and Mason Eveleigh; his sisters-in-law, Inez Wells, Alice, (Eric) Bridger and Sandra Wells; his brother-in-law, David (Joan) Wells; and several nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Service celebrating Gordon’s life will take place at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel (13461, 20 Ave., Blairmore, AB) on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 11:00am with Pastor Al Robinson presiding. Burial will take place at the Coleman Union Cemetery following the service. Gordon’s family welcomes you to join them at Fantin’s following the cemetery for a luncheon and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Community Christian Centre (PO Box 700 Coleman, AB T0K 0M0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555