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Official Obituary of

Curt Gullett

December 31, 1971 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 52) 52 Years Old

Curt Gullett Obituary

Curt was born on December 31st, 1971 in Wawanesa, MB to Marvin and Shirley Gullett. His first name was Fredrick for his two grandfathers. Curt had a headful of yellow curls unlike his siblings, so Papa Gullett took to calling him “Yellowquill” and his family referred to him as “The Golden Boy”, teasing Curt that he was his mom’s favourite kid. 

Curt attended Wawanesa School. His younger brother Dennis was also his classmate along with good friends Clint Cullen and Jeff Wilton. He excelled in sports and loved being outside, taking swimming lessons and becoming involved in Game and Fish.

While attending high school, Curt was a farmhand for Jack and Del Mooney, a meat cutter and clerk at Letain’s Lucky Dollar Store, and the assistant custodian for Wawanesa School. Since he wasn’t fond of school, he never minded being called out of class to attend to issues during the day. He graduated in June of 1991.

That fall, Curt met Carla Ewanyshyn of Gilbert Plains, MB. She was an Education Student attending Brandon University. Curt located an apartment, moved to Brandon, and became a sales representative at Reesor’s Jewellery. One thing led to another and on New Years Eve of 1992, Curt and Carla got engaged. And on June 18th, 1994, they were married in Gilbert Plains.
Carla’s family loved Curt: Bill thought the world of him, Barbara called him “a breath of fresh air”, Kevin now had a brother who liked to fish, and Melanie eventually accepted that he wasn’t taking away her sister.

In August of 1995, Curt and Carla moved to Cross Lake, MB for Carla’s first teaching job at Otter Nelson River School. Curt had applied to work at the Northern Store but not before teaching at ONR, covering classes till other staff could be secured. He thought it was great that his first teaching cheque was bigger than Carla’s (because living expenses had been deducted from hers) and he didn’t even have a teaching degree! Not to mention, he won over the hearts of the staff, bringing fresh baking almost every day. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with Louis Ross, a local man who was head of maintenance. Early in 1996, the Northern Store asked Curt to manage the store in Nelson House. So he went. Then in the fall of 1996, he returned to Cross Lake and worked on a construction crew.

On April 22nd, 1997, their first child was born. Julie Ellen was Curt’s little princess right from the start, and she loved her daddy!

In August of 1997, they moved to Hartney, MB. Carla taught at a Hutterite Colony at Lauder, MB while Curt worked for David and Faye Rolfe (Leverton Farms) at Elgin, MB. Every day, Curt made the trip from Hartney to Souris, taking Julie to daycare. While in Hartney, Curt curled, played Old Timers hockey, cleaned the town hall, and was a member of the Elks Club. But it was joining the Ambulance Service and taking his Emergency Medical Responder course when he found the makings of his future career.

Curt loved being an ambulance attendant and that passion led him to take his Licenced Practical Nursing Certificate.

Amidst all that, on March 8th, 2000, their second child was born. Evan Curt was Curt’s pride and joy, a real chip off the old block! Now Evan joined Curt and Julie on the drive to Souris Daycare as Curt continued on to ACC in Brandon. Then in August 2001, the family moved to Gilbert Plains.

On December 21st, 2001, Curt graduated with his LPN and began nursing at the Dauphin Hospital on Medicine. In May 2013, Curt became a Care Team Manager, in October 2016 he became the Director, and in January 2021 Curt returned to be Manager of Health Services. For a time, Curt travelled from home to Grandview Hospital and then finished his day back at the Dauphin Hospital.

It’s an understatement to say life was busy. In addition to his professional career, Curt was highly involved in Julie and Evan’s extra curricular activities, including coaching and managing their hockey and baseball teams. He curled and played Rec Hockey and Slo-pitch. Curt and the kids became certified hockey refs, enjoying the sport from the officials side. The family participated in local Dinner Theatre productions. They fished, camped and travelled, many times with the Ash, Butler, Jubenvill, Tokar, and Wilgosh families, just to name a few. Curt loved cooking, gardening and playing host. He was a member of the local Legion for seven years, enjoying socializing, Chase the Ace, darts, and other events. And he absolutely loved being part of Bob and Nancy Tokar’s farm operation. Curt and Bob were like brothers from another mother, their Jon, Ryan and Olivia like his nephews and niece. Along with his comradery with Murray Stoughton, Curt’s dream of farming in retirement was falling into place. 

Curt also dove headfirst into the community. He joined the Gilbert Plains Ambulance and became Captain in 2002. He would eventually step down from the leadership role but attended calls right till the service was turned over to PMH on November 1st, 2018. Curt was on the Fire Department for two years and also taught CPR and First Aid. He was elected town councillor in October 2006 and in November 2010 became Deputy Mayor serving on several subcommittees till 2014. It was during his time in office that he bonded with Lyle Smith who treated Curt like his adopted son.
And it was Lyle, a carpenter by trade, and his wife Yvonne who helped Curt and Carla realize what became their dream once the 20-acre subdivision was obtained from Jubenvills. After years of planning, in May 2022, Curt and Carla moved to their 20-acre farm.

One must mention Curt loved to attend family events and reconnect with his Wawanesa family, Gullett Christmas being his favourite often held at sister Terresa’s. And he was beyond thrilled to welcome son-in-law Wes on Sept. 26th/2020, granddaughter Paige Meggison on Sept. 7th/2021, and daughter-in-law Gracie on Oct. 7th/2023.

Curt and Evan, with the help from Tokars, farmed Ev’s land at Dutton Siding (formerly Grandpa Peary and Grandma Ellen Shunk’s quarter). And then came the animals: chickens, cows and pigs. Oh, how Curt loved his cows! We will never forget his first bottle-fed calf, Norm…

Life was bumping along nicely… Then at the end of November 2023, Curt suffered a cardiac event. Fortunately, he was at work at the Dauphin Hospital and received immediate first-rate care then went by air ambulance to St. Boniface in Winnipeg. When Curt returned home, he took a leave from work to recuperate and heal. He was told to take it easy… But that was easier said than done.

The family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas at the farm. Curt and Carla spent days doing chores together, playing cards and games in the evening, simply enjoying a taste of what retired life could be. At the end of January, the family flew to Punta Cana basking in a fabulous vacation in Dominican. 

On February 27th during breakfast with Carla, Curt collapsed. Paramedics got him to Dauphin, Stars got him to St. Boniface, and there, surrounded by his family, Curt passed away on March 1st at the age of 52.

Curt is lovingly remembered by his wife Carla of nearly 30 years; his daughter Julie, son-in-law Wes and granddaughter Paige Meggison of Goodlands, MB; his son Evan and daughter-in-law Gracie Gullett of Gilbert Plains, MB.

Curt also leaves to mourn his father Marvin Gullett (Deb) of Red Deer, AB; sister Terresa Cullen (Brent) of Brandon, MB; brother Brent Gullett (Tracy) of Stonewall, MB; brother Dennis Gullett (Tanya) of Wawanesa, MB; brother Mike Gullett (Trina) of Red Deer, AB; sister Hayley Giesbrecht (Jeff) of Delburne, AB; mother-in-law Barbara Ewanyshyn of Gilbert Plains, MB; brother-in-law Kevin Ewanyshyn (Liz) of Winnipeg, MB; sister-in-law Melanie Montagnion (Kelly) of Gilbert Plains, MB; nieces and nephews (Ryan & Becky, Ava, Olivia, Alexis, Kori-Anne, Ryley & Hanna, Rene, Lily, Alex, Grace, Tyson, Ryder, and Jordyn & Matthew) as well as great nieces and a nephew (Calli, Oliver, Chase, and Zoey).

And his beloved dog Marlee still wanders the yard looking for him…

Curt was predeceased by his mother Shirley Gullett and nephew Orey Powers, both of Wawanesa, MB and his father-in-law Bill Ewanyshyn of Gilbert Plains.

A Celebration of Life was held for Curt on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 2:00 pm from the Gilbert Plains Community Hall in Gilbert Plains, MB.  

The celebration was livestreamed for those unable to attend.  Click on the link below .

Private family interment took place in the Eldon Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Curt may be made to Gilbert Plains Emergency Services, the Dauphin Hospital Foundation, or a charity of one's choice.

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Services

Celebration of Life
Friday
March 15, 2024

2:00 PM
Richardson Pioneer Gilbert Plains Community Hall
#5 Highway
Gilbert Plains, MB R0L 0X0

Video is available for this event


Donations

Dauphin General Hospital Foundation
625-3rd St. SW, Dauphin MB R7N 1R7

Gilbert Plains Emergency Services
c/o Gilbert Plains Municipality PO Box 220, Gilbert Plains MB R0L 0X0

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