OBITUARY

Leslie Raymond Tulloch

January 21, 1927June 12, 2021

TULLOCH, Leslie Raymond - After a life well-lived with lots of love and with great determination to be a blessing to those around him, Leslie Raymond Tulloch, in his 95th year, and after a very brief illness, on Saturday, June 12, 2021, has gone to be with his Saviour and Heavenly Father.

Our Dad leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Isabel (nee Inkster), after 72 years of marriage. He was so proud of ‘the redhead’ he married and he loved to recite love poems to her. Dearly loved by his 8 children: Bob (Beth), Bruce (Elizabeth), Mary (Peter), Ruth (Herb), Gerry (Mary Ann), Joan, Tim (Jayne), Barbara (Gordon), and he was thrilled to be ‘Grampa’ to 21 grandchildren and ‘Great Grampa’ to 15 great-grandchildren (so far).

Our Dad was the second born to the late Raymond and Dolena (nee Beaton) Tulloch, on January 21, 1927, in Gladstone Township near the Village of Iron Bridge. After the passing of his mother in 1931, his father married the late Jean Stover and the family grew. Dad is survived by his beloved sisters, Eleanor Carlson (late Ernest), and Margaret Doherty (late George), and younger brother Douglas (Susan). Predeceased by Sam (late Rose), James (Maureen), William ‘Bud’ (Barbara), and Lorraine. Son-in-law of the late Edgar and Margaret Inkster, and brother-in-law of the late Charlie (Elsie), the late Jack (Rolande), the late Dale (late Ann) and the late Ken and Robert. Dear Uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Being raised on a farm in rural Ontario, from a young age our Dad had many daily chores to be done before school. At the age of 15, he went to Sault Ste. Marie to work with a contractor and soon after, he was hired to help build coke ovens at the steel plant while attending school in the evening. In the fall, when he was 16, he hitchhiked to Toronto where for three winters he worked at a packing plant during the day while becoming an electrician at night school. Our Dad ensured he was back to work on the family farm for the summer. With a strong work ethic, he began his career as an electrician at the age of 18, building telephone lines and before long he was also building power lines and wiring houses in Iron Bridge. In 1953, our Dad moved his young family from their home on the picturesque riverbank in Iron Bridge to Sault Ste. Marie where he began his 39 year career. He retired from the Public Utilities Commission, in 1992, and what he enjoyed most about his career was his ability to serve people.

We still marvel at how our Dad, along with our Mom, would spend his 3 weeks vacation driving across Canada in an old van and a tent trailer, with his 8 children, or camping somewhere near a lake, to ensure we would see the country and enjoy special times together. Eventually, our parents would take a few trips to explore Europe and to also meet up with relatives they had located in the Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland. For the past several years, they have spent winters in Florida with a community of new friends who share their love for God. Dad loved to recite poetry and he loved to read – especially his Bible. For many years, he spent hours clearing hiking and snowshoe trails and keeping them groomed for family and friends to enjoy. Dad also loved sailing on Basswood Lake, even when the wind stopped blowing, but what he enjoyed most was having family and friends join him there.

Our Dad had a heart for serving others and he committed to working diligently through the church and with a few charities for several years. Dad never wavered in his convictions, particularly regarding his faith and his family. Although he encountered some mobility issues that slowed him down a bit during the past three years, he didn’t complain but responded by smiling and saying, “Well, we’ll just make the best of it.” He continued to do yard work and to go for several walks each day and was always quick to greet a stranger with a smile and kind words. Dad remained positive and was sure to ask about others even as his health was declining. Our Dad lived by Luke 6:31, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you,’ a verse his mother taught him as a young boy. Without hesitation, we know our Dad can now say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. We love you Dad.

With COVID restrictions in place, there will be a private service on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Bethany Baptist Church, Pastor Dan Gabor officiating. Interment Carlyle Cemetery, Iron Bridge. Friends are invited to view the service online starting at 11:00 am on Friday, June 18, 2021 and can be viewed anytime up to 90 days. Go to www.funeraweb.tv and select Leslie's name to view the service. Many thanks to those entrusted with his care at Sault Area Hospital, specifically Drs Kendall, Cassalman, and Apostle and the wonderful nurses Dad called his ‘Angels in the Night.’ In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Christian Salvage Mission, Bethany Baptist Church, or Sault Area Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. East 705-759-2522). Please visit www.arthurfuneralhome.com to leave a message of condolence as a keepsake for the family.

Services

  • Private Family Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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  • Burial

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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Sean Schroeder

July 22, 2021

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Les and Isabel on a flight from KBUF to KTPA around 2018 and it was the absolute best flight of my life. Les had the best stories and outlook of life. We chatted the whole flight and it was truly memorable. He and Isabel had a true love for life and all it’s ups and downs. He will truly be missed and my prayers are with his family. Thank you Les.

Pat McPherson

June 26, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Leslie’s passing; my deepest condolences to the family. Your father was such a lovely man. I met him this past year as he & your mother wintered in Vineland. He always stopped to chat and admire the mini totem pole in my garden. And he seemed to love my butter tarts but if he didn’t, he was too much of a gentleman to say so. My one regret is that I wasn’t able to bake for him before he left for home as I was in the process of moving.

John and Judy Howarth

June 24, 2021

Dear Tulloch family,
Thank you for the great picture and wonderful tribute, describing and honouring a very special man. As others have noted, he seemed to always have a smile on his face and a friendly greeting.
HIs genuine expressions of interest and goodwill were much appreciated over the years. We're praying for comfort in this great loss, but also rejoicing with you, in his life well-lived, and now safe in the arms of Jesus.
Judy and John

Ruth Gregory

June 18, 2021

What a wonderful man, only met him and Isabel through such a wonderful neighbor, Lesli Anne and all family. What a ray of sunshine he was every day, no matter the weather he was determined to get outside. My deepest condolences Isabel, you were so blessed to have such a wonderful partner for so many years. All our love, Ruth Gregory and Eleanor Lepp. Vineland, Ontario

Byron Burton

June 18, 2021

I read Les' obituary with tears - I know that one day death will no longer sting, but for now, I share in your grief. As so many have already said, Les was a blessing in my life and in the life of my parents.. I am thankful, knowing that he has entered his rest and is beginning to experience the eternal joy of heaven but I know he will be missed here. May God comfort all of you in your grief. Sending love and hugs and prayers to Isobel and the entire Tulloch family. Byron

Doug & Elsie Lawrence

June 17, 2021

We've been remembering some of the fun times with Les. Our first year at the campground in Florida Les wanted us to enjoy all we could of the Florida experience. He didn't just tell us where to go but took us to gospel concerts, the best hiking trails, the flea market and to see alligators.
Soon after arriving at our "new trailer" that we bought from Les and Isabel, Les showed up to tell us that he had raked the leaves and cleaned the gutter. That continued for several years until ladders were forbidden. Les was always thinking of ways to serve others. We've loved and appreciated Les's enthusiasm for the enjoyment of life, especially at a concert in Florida or Shipshewana or Red Deer.

Colleen Dempsey

June 17, 2021

Dear Mrs. Tulloch, Barbara and Tulloch Family:

Please accept our condolences on your loss. While it is true that we find comfort in knowing that our loved ones have gone home, it is also true that we would rather keep them close to us to share even one more day.

Mr. Tulloch lived an incredible life and a long life that touched many. Our family is particularly thankful for Mr. Tulloch because he and Mrs. Tulloch brought Barbara into this world and she is a wonder.

When many, as they age, would expect others to take care of the odds and sods, Mr. Tulloch persevered and remained spry. Whether he was zooming down the the US for a holiday or up on a ladder, Mr. Tulloch was a doer and that is admirable.

Finally, Mr. Tulloch leaves behind a legacy of love in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But his greatest legacy of love would be his devotion to his wife of 72 years and to his Lord. He knew, as we all should, that of faith, hope and love, love was the greatest of these.

The Dempsey-Hall Family

Jeff & Kendra Broadley

June 17, 2021

Tim and Jayne and the Tullock family, we are so sorry for the loss of your father and pray for comfort and strength for all of you during this time of loss.

John Turriff

June 16, 2021

Barbara, Gord, Addison, Nolan, and Grant
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time.
John and Diane

Doug and Elizabeth Trigg

June 16, 2021

Elizabeth and I express our heartfelt condolences to Isabel and the family. We know Les will be greatly missed by all but we have the assurance of meeting him once again in heaven. What a reunion that will be.
Mom and Dad (Hazel and Arthur Bateson) served the Lord for years in Blind River in the 1930s and 1940s and spoke so warmly of the support and friendship of Les and all the Tulloch family.
Elizabeth and I fondly remember bringing cousin Marg Doherty to Les' 80th birthday celebration in Lakeland Florida. On a subsequent road trip to Edmonton Les and Isabel graciously hosted us overnight. What an enjoyable stay that was as we explored the family links.
Doug and Elizabeth (YiYi Bateson) Trigg.

FROM THE FAMILY