Theodore (Ted) Lorne Tullis
It’s with heavy hearts & Much Sadness that we announce the passing of Theodore (Ted) Lorne Tullis.
Ted was born in Birsay, Saskatchewan on March 25, 1938, to William and Irene Tullis. They had two boys, Ted & Bob, who were raised on the Tullis farm in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan.
Ted is predeceased by both his parents. He is survived by his brother Bob and Verna; nephew Michael; niece Monica; one great-niece Vanessa; two great nephews, Rocco and Wyatt; and many dear friends.
Ted went to Tullis school up to grade 8. Ted started work at an early age for the Municipality of Catel, Saskatchewan. He worked for Piggett Construction at the Diefenbaker Dam, Saskatchewan, and McNamara Construction as a grader operator. Ted also worked in Spirit River, Alberta on the rail line.
Ted moved to Whitehorse in 1969, where he worked on the Whitehorse Dam. He also worked as a heavy-duty mechanic for Pelly Construction. He had many jobs in road construction, running Scrapers and being a Cat operator, in addition to being a heavy-duty mechanic.
Ted got his close friends from Saskatchewan to move up to the Yukon. They went mining together for one summer in 1971 and mined Bullion Creek. But Ted had gold fever. He had claims up at Mt. Nansen and Freegold Road. Ted mined for about 20 – 25 Years. Ted designed and built all his gold recovery equipment, trommel, sluice boxes, feeder box, and all the gold cleaning equipment. Ted recovered gold, but just not enough to retire on. He sure worked hard in life.
Ted had many hobbies. He had a private pilot license and owned a few nice planes in his day. He had a Chipmunk and Super Cub. Ted also built a plane from a kit and flew it successfully.
Ted also restored old antique tractors, a Model T pickup, as well as putt-putt engines. Another one of Ted’s loves was live steam locomotives. Ted did build one and even had it running in the Rendezvous parade one year, ridden by Gordy Ryder. What an accomplishment!! Ted was also a member of YOOP and the Golden Age Society.
As per Ted’s request, there will be no service. Ted wanted his ashes spread over his claim at Mt. Nansen, where his Jenny dog is laid to rest.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Avery & Dr. Quong, and all the people involved in Ted’s Care at Whistle Bend Place, Whitehorse, Yukon. Donations can be made to Whitehorse General Hospital in Ted’s memory.