January 19, 1963 – December 16, 2021
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Clyde Kurulak on December 16, 2021 at the age of 58, after a courageous nine year battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers.
Clyde was born on January 19, 1963 to Harry and Bonnie Kurulak in Canora, SK. The second youngest of five children, he spent the majority of his childhood on the family farm in Hudson Bay, SK. The Kurulak family moved to Smithers, BC in 1980. It was here Clyde met his future wife Francesca; they married on March 2, 1984. On October 5, 1987 they welcomed the addition of their son Kyle.
In a career spanning more than 3 decades as a partsperson, he befriended many people in the Bulkley Valley. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Clyde would recall his contagious smile, great sense of humour, motivation for projects big or small, and enjoyment for gathering with friends and family. He also had a grand sense of adventure, especially when it came to snowmobiling. Clyde was an active member and volunteer with the Smithers Snowmobile Association, where he directed equipment maintenance, operated grooming equipment, helped build the John Emmerson Memorial Cabin (on the Microwave Mtn.) and even spent a short period as president.
Clyde was predeceased by his brother Larry (1987) and father Harry (2005). He is survived by his wife Francesca, son Kyle (Crystal), mother Bonnie, siblings Darren (Wilma), Curtis (Shannon) and Marcy (Don) as well as numerous extended family members.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the numerous health care professionals who provided such compassionate care from his initial diagnosis in 2012, through to his final days. Our family is filled with heartfelt appreciation for the support and compassion from our friends and family during this difficult time. A celebration of life for Clyde will be held at a later date (TBD).
“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” -William Wallace.Obituary
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