It is with profound sadness that the family of Eugene Gullason announces his passing on August 5, 2023 at the age of 83.
Eugene will be lovingly remembered by his brother, Randy (Shareen) Gullason; sister, Shara Gullason as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Eugene was predeceased by his father, Colin Gullason; mother, Stella Gullason; sister-in-law, Barbara Gullason.
Eugene was born in Canora, Saskatchewan on June 29, 1940, and grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where he completed his high school education, before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy and working in communications. After completing his service with the Navy, Eugene was offered the opportunity to continue his work in communication with the External Affairs department of the Canadian Government with full diplomatic accreditation.
Eugene spent his entire career working with External Affairs in Canadian Embassies around the world. Living in many countries throughout South America, South East Asia, Pakistan, Iran, Britain and France, Eugene has a unique ability to become adept at many of the local languages of the host countries he was living in and was fluent in many languages. Though Eugene lived thousands of miles from his family during his work life, he forged very close, life long friendships with many lives he touched through the meandering path his life took, and would often return to Canada in the summers to enjoy time with his family.
When Eugene decided to step away from life as a public servant abroad, he moved back home to Saskatchewan and made up for lost time rekindling relationships with his brother Randy, and sister Shara, as well as his many nieces and nephews. Always a great communicator with many stories to share and a quick wit, Eugene always found himself surrounded by people engaged by his presence.
Eugene was often referred to as a true gentleman and will be deeply missed by those who knew him. Safe travels Eugene, safe travels.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 2:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Funeral Home (210 Wess Road), followed by an interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Shara, Randy and families -- I'm shocked to hear of Eugene's passing. I got to know Eugene after he retired from External Affairs. He was instrumental in sharing his stories about our ancestor's including Wasyl, Domnica, Colin, Stella, as well as you and your families. May your memories of Eugene be blessed ones. Memory Eternal.
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Eugene's immediate family in this period of great sadness.
It is a comfort to me to be able to pay this humble tribute from across the waters to Gene, whose life has been such an inspiration to so many.
I would like to thank in particular Ms. Wormsbecker as well as Ms. Klein from the Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon, for their unwavering support and kindness shown to me in the recent months.
I have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Gene had such an extraordinary impact within his community on so many people throughout his life.
Farewell Dearest of friends, May your kind soul rest in peace...