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Michael Cullen - Class of 1966

Submitted by Fran Olson Gustafson 1965 <> on 15/Feb/2022

    Michael R Cullen entered to rest on 2/10/2022 in Venice, Florida, he was 73 years old. Born on May 12, 1949 he was predeceased by his beloved parents Raymond and Louise Cullen. Michael is survived by his wife Anna Cullen and son Michael E. Cullen, Daughter in Law Jennifer Cullen, Granddaughter Lilianna Cullen, and Grandson Michael J. Cullen. He is also survived by his Colandrea Brother and Sister In laws who were loved as brothers and sisters, always there for him throughout his life. Mark and Angel Colandrea of Newburgh, Mary Colandrea-Decker of Modena, Joseph Colandrea of Modena, Vincent and Debbie Colandrea of Newburgh, Louis and Monica Colandrea of Gardiner, Michael and Elaina Colandrea of Walden, predeceased by Tony Colandrea, John Colandrea and Violet Colandrea. In addition to several nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to name, who were loved and adored in the Cullen, Colandrea and Amoia families. Michael is survived by special friends who over 40 years of friendship became family. Kathy Kinzel and Jim Diana of Venice Florida provided a source of friendship, comfort and support that gave meaning to what true friends do, forever grateful for their kindness and love. Lovingly known as Captain Mike, a Proud Irishman who loved everything irish was known for his sparkling blue eyes, beautiful smile, and genuine kindness to all who encountered him. Michael married the love his life Anna, spending 50 years together and bringing into this world their devoted only son Michael E. Cullen. Michael loved spending time with Anna and Michael with a lifetime of good memories of family time, travel and his very favorite film and cinematic adventures with a love for beautiful classic cars. Michael had a successful career in law enforcement with an early beginning as a police officer in Marlboro, NY before succeeding for 25 years as a New York State Corrections Officer also serving as the President of the Emerald Society. Concurrently while in law enforcement, Michael made his mark in this world as a business owner of Super Video and Super Pools in Middle hope, NY which he spent many enjoyable years serving the community. With a heartfelt interest in helping others, Michael had an avid love for the catholic church and served as member of The Knights of Columbus. Truly loved by his entire family, Michael will be deeply missed in our earthly lives. Our family has faith that he is in the hands of god now reuniting in heaven with his parents and all those he loved who departed before him. In our faithful hearts, we know one day we will meet again and have been very blessed to have had him for the years we did on this earth. We Love you and will miss you all the days of our lives. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening from 5pm-8pm at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro. A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Friday morning at 10am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc. (845) 236-4300, To plant a tree in memory of Michael R. Cullen, please visit our Tribute Store. Michael passed on February 10, 2022. More information to follow.

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