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August 15th 1944 – June 20th 2019

Bob, as his family and friends knew him, spent his childhood in Philadelphia attending the Haverford School and later went on to attend and graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. After serving in the Army Reserves in the late 60s, Bob came home to meet and marry the love of his life Mary Lou Gaffney. They were happily married for 51 wonderful years and raised two children, Robert L Cullen Jr and Emily Cullen Turner.

Bob and his Family lived in North Carolina for a short time while working for IBM and later moved to Mercer Island, WA to work for Boeing where he raised his children and was very active with the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Bob helped organize and oversee the church’s youth summer C.O.T.S. (Camp of The Sun) camps where Bob reached hundreds of teen age kids during those 10 years teaching them the message of God. Bob was also very active in the supporting local sports teams on Mercer Island, whether it was little league baseball, MIHS Wrestling, Football, and Basketball teams. If you were playing or attending one of those events, you knew Bob was there cheering you and your team on! Bob’s favorite pastime was definitely fishing. Bob loved to fish and take family and friends fishing and later received his captain’s license.

A few years after the kids had graduated from high school, Bob and Mary Lou decided to retire and relocate to Beaufort, SC. Shortly after moving there, The Cullen’s loved the low country lifestyle and community and became very active members of St. Helena Church in Beaufort. Bob loved to visit and pray with church members that were in the hospital/nursing home through the nursing home ministry. He was active in the youth ministry, prayer ministry, and church’s mission trips overseas.

Bob is survived by his wife Mary Lou Cullen, his children Robert LeFort Cullen Jr. and Emily Cullen Turner, and five grandchildren.

A funeral for Bob will be held at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019, at the Parish Church of St. Helena. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery. Following the service a reception will be held in the Church Social Hall.

The family requests donations be made to The Parish Church of St. Helena in his memory – Post Office Box 1043, Beaufort, South Carolina 29901.

Online Condolences

  1. Holly Dolan says:

    Dear Mary Lou,
    So deeply saddened to read of the loss of Bob. Praying for you and the children that you will be strengthened in His love. I have missed your laughter and hope to return to Bible study this fall. Holly

  2. Joyce Merrill says:

    To my dear friend, Mary Lou, and all of Bob’s family,

    My fondest memories are of your energetic, mischievous, sunburned, Christian Dad who loved life
    and lived it to the fullest! His legacy is his family and the good and charitable things done in his lifetime,
    and he will be missed.

    Deepest sympathies to all the family,

  3. H Rubin says:

    our prayers are with the family, a good man we were glad to had crossed paths Harvey Rubin

  4. Edith Thiele says:

    Mary Lou, Was on line and saw where Bob passed away last
    year. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Of course I remember him as Bobby at Ocean City. Have a lot of fond memories and I know my brother Wayne will be sad to hear of your loss.
    I lost my husband Bill in 2018 so my feeling are with you.
    Edie Thiele (yeager)

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