CULLEN Henry J. Sr. “Hank” born September 11, 1939 of Boston, MA passed away at home surrounded by his family on July 30, 2016 in Coventry, RI from a short and rapid fight with cancer. He was the kind and loving husband of 54 years to Marie (Libby) Cullen. Hank was born in Boston, MA to his parent’s Henry and Mary Cullen. Hank’s father was a Veteran of WW1. Hank is survived by his children; Michael and his wife Rachel, Edith Malinowski, Henry Jr. and his wife Jodi, Mary Coen, and his grandchildren, Joshua and his wife Tara Malinowski, Daniel Malinowski, Mikayla and Ryan Cullen, and Myles, Bernie and Bridget Coen. Hank was tough, resilient and independent even at an early age growing up in the South End of Boston. His Dad had passed when he was just 15 and he immediately went to work at Pilgrim laundry on Allerton St. near Fire Headquarters, to assist his mother. Growing up in the City, Hank had great respect for Boston Firefighters and wished to become one someday. Hank met his wife to be in 1959 and they were married 2 years later. In October of 1965 his wish came true, he was appointed to the Boston Fire Department. Starting out on Ladder 30 in Egleston Square, Roxbury. He was promoted to Fire Lieutenant in 1978 and fought fires on Engine 53 in Roslindale for the rest of his 40 year career. After retiring in 2005, Hank and Marie moved into their new home in Coventry RI, to be closer to most of their children and grandchildren. It was there in Coventry that Hank and Marie got to know many people in the Coventry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, their Kingdom Hall was just down the street from their home. Hank was a very generous and hospitable man, always inviting family and friends old and new, over to his home, for a meal or a beer or coffee, he loved to entertain. It was in that spirit of caring for others that Hank had worked tirelessly for M.D.A for many years, and was a strong Union advocate. He had a keen sense for justice, always looking out for the little guy, both in word and deeds. He certainly touched and influenced many lives for the good. Hank was a robust and straightforward man, a completely genuine, Husband, Dad, Friend, and Gentleman. Hank will be remembered by all those he touched and loved in a Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. At the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Higginson Avenue, Lincoln RI. Visiting Hours start at 1:00 P.M. service at 2:00 P.M.
Keefe Funeral Home Inc
Five Higginson Ave
Lincoln, RI 02865
Published in Boston Herald on Aug. 3, 2016