In Memory of

Kirk

Hulse

Obituary for Kirk Hulse

Kirk Hulse ( 1948 – 2023 )
Adventurer, Explorer, Leader

Kirk Hulse, loving husband, devoted father, cherished brother/brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and generous friend, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2023 in Squamish, BC. Kirk was born in Dallas, Texas in 1948. Kirk will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 41 years, Janice, his two sons Matt (Megan) and Mitch, his beloved sister Vicki, sister-in-laws Carole (Jeff) Quenneville, Juanita (Glenn) Timmons and nephews, David, Mark and nieces, Candi, Alisa, Jenni, Michelle, Heather and Nicole. Kirk is predeceased by his mother Jeanette Hole, his step father Bill Collins, sister Arden Griffin and nephew Kelly Cann.

After graduating with a Systems Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Kirk’s career in technology took him across the world starting in Los Angeles, followed by the Netherlands and Canada where he met and married Janice. Kirk and his family lived in California for several years before moving to Singapore where they worked and traveled throughout Asia.

Kirk had an affinity for leadership, a passion for giving back to his community, and a love for adventure. He always looked for ways to guide and support teams and friends in everything he endeavoured. Kirk’s leadership began as early as eight years old, when he led his Cub Scout troop in Dallas. His mentorship continued throughout his life by supporting his sons in the Boy Scouts of America. Later on, his leadership in his professional career was recognized for his achievement across many diverse cultures, companies and teams. He served as a board member for the Singapore American School, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and the Singapore American Club.

His enthusiasm for the outdoors never waned; he sailed, ran marathons, was an avid skier, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kinabalu. Kirk moved to Whistler in 2011, where he continued his adventures. Over the years, he shared the majesty of the mountains with family, friends, and visitors from across the world.

As a cornerstone of his home and community, Kirk contributed over 2,000 hours volunteering—supporting all that Whistler has to offer, including Village and Mountain Hosting, Cornucopia, Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cups, IronMan, and GranFondo. Kirk used his career experience as a technology executive by serving on the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Technology Advisory Committee in 2017 where he was honoured with a Civic Service Award.

Always the learner and explorer, Kirk had a passion for music throughout his life, especially jazz and musical theatre.He led a combo band during high school as a guitar player, continued writing and playing jazz music on the piano, and was an early adopter of digital music technology in his home studio. Kirk also coupled his love of travel with wine. As a certified sommelier, he was a welcome addition to any social gathering with friends. He was indelibly curious, a prodigious reader, and driven to learn and improve – this was evident in everything he pursued whether for work or for fun.

Kirk’s generosity, kindness, and determined sense of adventure will always be remembered. For those wishing to honour Kirk, donations to the BC Parkinson’s Society would be appreciated.