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Cullen, John J. October 28, 1942 - June 25, 2024

John J. Cullen, 81, of Eastchester, NY passed away on June 25, 2024. Beloved husband, father and grandfather, John is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Carol, his loving children Robert Cullen, Amanda Bull (Brian) and Kimberly Cappelleri (Frank), his adoring grandchildren Madison and Emily Cullen, Jack Cappelleri and Logan Bull.

John was the son of Irish immigrants and predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Eleanor Cullen, and his dear brother, Thomas Cullen (Doris).  John had the privilege of growing up in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, later moving to Riverdale and finally settling in Westchester County to raise his family.

He was a proud Marine, graduate of Fordham University and earned his MBA from Iona University.  He spent a long and rewarding career in finance, specializing in Trusts and Estates. John was also a dedicated adjunct professor at Iona University and Mercy University for many years.

Some of his career highlights included serving on President Ronald Reagan’s Committee on Philanthropy and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Estate Planning Council.  John also was president of the Estate Planning Councils for both Westchester County and New York City and a director of the CPA Club of Manhattan.

John was an endless volunteer for his children’s many hobbies, including being a Boy Scout leader and leading the Midnight Run for the homeless for many years.  His most cherished role was being Santa Claus at the annual neighborhood holiday party in Bronxville Manor, where he resided for over 50 years. John served as president of the neighborhood association, as well.

John was a true gentleman, loyal friend, mentor, confidant, teacher and gifted storyteller. He prided himself on his vast knowledge of United States and military history and loved his country deeply.  He fought for and helped anyone who needed it, whether they asked for it or not. He loved a challenge, he loved to debate, and he demanded accountability.

John was fearless. The Marine in him was always ready for a mission.  He would drive anyone to the airport or train station as long as you agreed to be abnormally early. He always was prepared for the next flood, a flat tire or terrorist attack.  His many gadgets and “go bags” will always be treasured and laughed about (and hopefully, never used). His love of reflective tape and wearing florescent orange were well known around town, guaranteeing that he was a presence anywhere he went.

John spent some of his best days drinking Mountain Dew and boating on the Long Island Sound with his family members and dearest friends.   He enjoyed summers at the Jersey Shore and in the Adirondacks. He was an avid collector of toy planes, model ships and trains. John took much pride in his beloved train layout, which he selflessly shared with neighborhood families.

Finally, nothing gave John greater joy than spending time with his grandchildren.  “Pop-Pop” was constantly teaching them, taking them on adventures, encouraging them to think critically and asking them the “meaning of life” on a daily basis.  He was their biggest cheerleader at sporting events and an eager babysitter, best known for providing large amounts of sugar to them (and himself).

John will be so deeply missed by all.  To honor his memory, we ask that you do one kind thing for someone every day. John would always say that one such act could truly make the world a better and happier place.

John’s memorial mass will be held at the Church of St. Joseph, Bronxville, NY on Tuesday, July 9th at 10:45 am.
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Memorial Mass:  10:45 am,  Tuesday, July 9, 2024,  St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, NY

To Live Stream the Mass: Please Click Here (The Live Stream is not viewable until the funeral  mass begins)

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    Ralph Tronca says

    Bob and the entire Cullen family, so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing .May he rest in peace. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
    With sympathy, Ralph and Elisa Tronca.

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    Jill Nugent says

    Love you forever, Mr. Cullen! 🤍 What an amazing life and legacy- I will treasure and remember you always! Semper Fi!

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    In Faith Schulz says

    Dear Carol & family. We are so saddened to hear of John’s death. Know that we, the Raitt family will keep you all in our hearts and prayers

    .John was my cousin, his Dad and my Mom were brother & sister. John
    Love, Kathleen & Frank Schulz

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    Anita and Ben Rosner says

    We are very saddened by this news. He was such a nice man and we always enjoyed our neighborly chats with him. Our condolences to the entire family.

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    carole Rabbett says

    I am so sorry to read this – John was a great help to me – always kind and happily sharing his knowledge – we worked in Manhattan for the same bank at one time and his smile was a warm greeting.

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    George and Libby Pataki says

    Our hearts are heavy with sorrow upon hearing about John Cullen’s passing. He was a pillar of strength and integrity, and his dedication and wisdom were invaluable to us. Our deepest condolences to his family, especially his daughter Kimberly Cappelleri, who has been a rock in mine and Libby’s life since I was governor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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