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Gary Thomas "Tootie" Cullen

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June 13, 1951 - June 29, 2011

Gary Cullen, aka "Tootie" a native Southern Californian, born in Los Angeles June 13, 1951 and passed away in his brothers Thousand Oaks home June 29, 2011. Gary attended Westchester High School and was a well-known resident of Hermosa Beach. After graduating he began to throw legendary parties. Tootie loved to plan parties ensuring everyone had a good time. He turned that passion into a career when he began managing surf and sports bars in the Hermosa area. His dream of bar ownership was realized in 1996 when he purchased "The Pitcher House". Bringing in live bands along with lots of game machines, pool tables and food events, he ran a fun establishment until it closed in 2008. He was a legend in the South Bay area because he cared about people's enjoyment of life. If you ever met Tootie you would never forget him. His sense of humor and gift for nick naming every friend only increased his "party everyday" attitude. Tootie was very generous and believed that a handshake was good enough to complete a deal with a friend. He truly believed in living life on his own terms. When Tootie was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, he fought it using his sense of humor and tough mindedness. He was grateful for his family and the City of Hope's efforts to sustain his life longer than originally expected. He is predeceased by his parents, Ed and Doris and is survived by his family: brothers, Mark and Neil; sister, Debra Mulhern; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and Kathy; and nieces and nephews, Jen Williams, Nick Mulhern, Chris Mulhern, Christine Cullen, Tim Cullen, Keith Mulhern and Mikey Cullen; and grandniece, Bailey; and hundreds of friends. For all who knew Gary, they would agree he was one of a kind and will be dearly missed but never forgotten. His love of life will live on in the lives of those he touched. A funeral Mass will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011 at the Chapel of the Risen Christ in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City with burial immediately following. A "celebration of Tootie's life" will take place at Elks Lodge in Redondo Beach. Tootie would be very pleased. Please sign the guestbook for "Tootie" at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 7, 2011
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