Our thoughts are with the family of Steve McCullough, who said goodbye to him at a funeral service today. Sadly he passed away after a battle against melanoma.
Steve was a New Zealand Tall Black, playing a total of 38 games in the black singlet from 1994 to 1996.
Steve’s basketball career took off while attending Westlake Boys High School in the late 1980's, where he represented his team with distinction. In his last year 1989, Westlake beat Kelston High to ensure entry to the Nationals - only the second time the school had achieved that feat. They came seventh at the Napier tournament. That same year 1989, Steve played for the North Shore Junior Men's team at the Nationals in Palmerston North where he made the tournament team. He was ultimately chosen to represent New Zealand at junior level competing for his country in the Oceania Age Group Tournament in Tahiti. In that same year (1989), still a junior, his height and prowess was used to advantage representing the North Shore in the National Basketball League. Steve then spent some time on scholarship at Foothills High School in California. Upon his return to New Zealand he once again played for the North Shore NBL teams until, in 1993 he crossed the Harbour Bridge to play for US coach Curtis Wooten and the Auckland Stars in the NBL. Steve won three NBL titles with Auckland.
May he rest in peace.
Death Notice: MCCULLOCH Steven John (Steve)
8.9.1971 – 11.6.2019 – too young.
Our hearts are shattered as, I Deb McCullough lose my husband and love of my love, and our daughters Paige & Kate lose their ‘best dad in the world’. He fought with the kind of determination he is well known for, but sadly met his match with a wickedly aggressive disease (cancer metastatic melanoma). Paige, Kate and I will love and miss you forever. Please join us to celebrate him and give him the kind of send off he deserves on Monday 17 June, 3pm at The North Harbour Chapel of Dils Funeral Services, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany. Hospice cared so thoroughly for Steve whilst being so thoughtful and considerate of all of our family. We will be eternally grateful for their selfless nurturing. Instead of flowers a donation to Hospice would be gratefully appreciated, a donation box will be available at the service.