William Lawrence Cullen
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August 28, 1923 - May 30, 2014
William "Bill" Cullen, age 90, passed away on May 30, 2014. He was born on August 28, 1923 in Arlington, MA, and spent his early years in West Medford, MA. He lived most of his life in North Reading, MA, and spent his last 13 years in Cary, NC. He was a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force during World War II, serving in England as a navigator flying in a B-17 airplane. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, a Purple Heart, for injuries sustained in combat flying over France, and an Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, organizing and leading many memorable hiking, canoeing, and fishing trips with his children and their friends. He enjoyed riflery and competitive shooting. He owned and ran the Diamond Fruit company, and held several other jobs in manufacturing plants after the war. He later worked as the director of facilities at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall in Waltham, MA, and at Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, MA. He had an engineer's mind for and fascination with all things mechanical, from his apple corer/peeler/slicer to the workings of an airplane jet engine. He enjoyed cooking and was especially dedicated to perfecting his home-made apple pie. He enjoyed fishing trips with his children and friends at Village Camps, Forest City, ME, which he continued into his late 80's. He had many friends and admirers at his favorite local pubs in Massachusetts and Cary, where he enjoyed many hours of company and conversation. He was predeceased by his wife Christine Joan Cullen and his brother Philip Thomas Cullen. He is survived by his brothers John Charles Cullen and Emmett J. Cullen, and his children, John Michael Cullen and his wife Frayda Bluestein, Barbara Hill, Philip Lawrence Cullen and his wife Susan Cullen, Joanne Cullen and Pat Griffin, and grandchildren, Ashlye Jordan Cullen, Rachel Christine Cullen, Cory McGuirk, and Justin McGuirk.
Published in The News & Observer on June 4, 2014