William “Bill” Leonard Cullen, 86, of Falmouth passed away peacefully at Bourne Manor Extended Care Facility with his wife and daughter by his side on May 14, 2020. During his stay Bill worked enthusiastically on his rehabilitation in order to return home after suffering complications from a year-long illness. It is with great sadness – and some joy – that we see him return to another greater home.
Bill was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 25, 1933, to Margaret A. (Kelly) Cullen and James F. Cullen. He attended Boston schools and graduated from Boston University, College of Liberal Arts. During his college years he took courses for two years at the Harvard Summer Session and also worked in his family’s carpet cleaning business. Subsequently he joined the U.S. Army; and after training at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, he served with the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment in the headquarters unit and as a field tank commander in Germany. After his honorable discharge he worked at the Norfolk County Trust Company in Brookline, Massachusetts, as a main branch teller. He next took a position with the Traveler’s Insurance Company (Citigroup) in the Claims Department.
In 1964 he married his beloved wife Barbara J. (Doyle) Cullen in Whitman, Massachusetts. They purchased their first home in Dedham and then moved to Falmouth where he continued to work for the Traveler’s and Citigroup. He later became a real estate broker and entered into a partnership in a private investigation agency, working until his retirement.
Bill and Barbara were married for 56 years and had one daughter, Bill’s “special angel,” Cynthia M. Cullen of South Dennis, Massachusetts. Bill’s interests were many: people, automobiles (including antiques and classics), boating, music, aesthetics, and travel, especially to Newport, Rhode Island; Stowe, Vermont; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and St. John, U.S.V.I. He also was a long-time fan of James Bond movies.
Bill liked to say he was “at home in the world,” and he enjoyed life. Like his parents before him, he found some joy in every day he lived – thanks to his family, friends, relatives, and his varied interests. His favorite motto for living was reflected in John F. Kennedy’s sentiment that God’s work is our own work to do here on earth.
A memorial service and celebration of Bill’s life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, as Bill received such wonderful care at Falmouth Hospital in the past: https://support.givetocapecodhealth.org/covid, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as he was a firm animal lover: https://www.mspca.org/donate-now/, or a charity of your choice.