Cullom Edward Connely passed away April 17, 2013, in Houston, Texas at the age of 85.
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He was born February 5, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Cullom graduated from Portsmouth Priory School in 1944 (now Portsmouth Abbey School) and from Williams College, Class of 1949, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Cullom served in Korea during the Korean War. He married Margaret Grace Deuel in 1958; and they moved to Houston in 1959. He enjoyed a long career with UBS - PaineWebber as a certified financial planner and investment adviser.
Cullom enjoyed sailing and all forms of boats. As a teenager he taught sailing at the Chatham Yacht Club on Cape Cod and spent summers on the water in Maine. He served as an officer in the Houston Sail and Power Squadron and loved spending time on his Grand Banks Trawler, El Mudge. Cullom and his wife loved travel, especially when it involved the water. They enjoyed many long cruises throughout the world. Cullom was an enthusiastic athlete who spent many hours at the Post Oak YMCA in his later years.
Cullom served on the St. Francis Episcopal Day School Board and spent many years as a volunteer for Sight Into Sound, formerly Taping for the Blind, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002.
Cullom had a special smile and sense of humor that touched all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
He was preceded in death by parents Emmett Francis Connely and Hattie Louise Cullom Connely, and his brother Richard Connely. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret, his sister Molly Connely Long, daughters Shelby Touchy and husband Steve, Cee Cee Parker and husband David, and Molly Connely. Cullom had a special relationship with his grandchildren, Kaylin Touché, Jessica, Lauren and Will Touchy, Lori and Grace Lang, who will miss him dearly.
A special thanks to all of our friends at the Buckingham and the Plaza for their love and support.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th in the Chapel at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. A reception is to follow at the adjacent Sumners Hall. Prior to the memorial service, the family will gather for the inurnment in the Garden of Resurrection.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sight Into Sound, online at http://www.tapingfortheblind.org/donate.html or Camp Kiev, Scholarship Fund, c/o Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc., P.O. Box 169, Nobleboro, ME 04555.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 21 to Apr. 28, 2013