portrait picture for Patrick Joseph Cullen

Wake:unday, December 3,  from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Monday, December 4, at 10am at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave, Westport.Interment:Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms Road, Westport.Contributions:In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Patrick’s name may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.jimmyfund.org/gift.

Patrick Joseph Cullen


April 8, 1921 ~ November 17, 2017

Patrick Joseph Cullen passed away at Regional Hospice Center, Danbury, Friday November 17, 2017. Born in Boston, April 8, 1921, he was the son of the late James and Ellen (McMorrow) Cullen. He was raised in Milton, MA graduating Milton High School, Class of 1938. After graduation he attended Bentley School of Finance and worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C.. He proudly served his country first as a Navy Pilot and then as a Marine Corp Pilot. He was stationed in the Asiatic- Pacific Theatre of Operations and was honorably discharged in 1952 after earning the rank of Captain. He was soon hired as a commercial airline pilot and flew for American Airlines out of Boston and New York until his retirement in 1981. After his retirement he volunteered at Norwalk Hospital for 32 years. He was an active member of the Y’s Men of Westport and The Grey Eagles.  Patrick was a devoted family man who loved flying and golf, both of which he enjoyed well into his 90s.

He was married to the late Sally C. Cullen for 56 years. They made their home first in Milton, MA and later Westport, CT. He is the beloved father of Sheila Florio and her husband Fred, the late Michael Cullen, Patricia Cullen, Brian Cullen and Lori Viselli, Elizabeth Cullen Baymor and her husband Jeffrey and grandfather “Da” of Sarah and Michael Florio.

He was predeceased by his brothers James Cullen, Frances Cullen and John Cullen and sisters, Sister Catherine Cullen M.M and Mary Cullen Driscoll.  He is survived by his sisters-in-law Mary Cullen of Binghamton, NY and Natalia Cullen of Milton, MA and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave, Westport, on Monday, December 4, at 10am for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms Road, Westport. Calling hours will be on Sunday, December 3,  from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Patrick’s name may be made to the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.jimmyfund.org/gift.

  1. So very sorry for your loss. RIP Patrick Joseph Cullen.

    November 28, 2017
    Joanne Jesse -
  • Dear Brian and Patty, I remember your dad from many encounters at Longshore Country Club. He was a true gentleman, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word for all of the staff at the First tee. I am sorry for your loss, Pat was one of those people that made Westport a better place to live. God bless you and your family in this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    November 30, 2017
    Don Rice -
  • Mr. Cullen taught us to be positive and always keep a smile on our face even in our pain., he was a gentleman and loved by all who had an encounter with him. To the wonderful family and all of us who got to know him it’s a great loss but what makes we happy is that we know he is at a good place ..RIP MR C and may God keep you till we meet again!

    November 30, 2017
    Frederick Taylor -
  • It was always great to see Pat at our Grey Eagles luncheons. I have run these get togethers for many years and he and his good friend Bob Gill were regulars. We always enjoyed his smile and his stories . He will be sadly missed! Our thoughts and prayers to all his family.

    November 30, 2017
    William Steers -
  • Flew with Pat a few times. Enjoyed working with him. He was a real gentleman and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time

    November 30, 2017
    Russ Boggs -
  • I flew with Pat out of Bos back in the late 50 s always a gentleman and a pleasure to work with! GOD bless all that he leaves behind.

    December 1, 2017
    Dick Gallagher retired F/E -
  • You were blessed Uncle Pat! And we are blessed to have had you in our lives. I remember the first time we met when Aunt Sally brought you home to meet her mother and her sister Josie. Aunt Ann and her future husband were also present. Uncle Fran came in from the barn! I don’t know where Rocky was. You stood tall and proud in your military uniform with that winning smile on your face. Always the gentleman.
    I remember your wedding day and the garden reception at my parent’s home in Dedham. You married earlier than planned so that your ailing mother in law could be present. This was a great gift.
    I’m smiling as I recall the thrill of watching the small screen television as you landed an AA plane at Logan and then appeared at the hatch with Santa Claus. You had that Uncle Pat grin on your face as the press fussed over Santa’s arrival to open the Christmas season. I have always been proud to be your nephew. You and Sally inspired me more than you knew and gave me direction in my early years.
    And then your kids came along! My cousins! And like their parents- handsome, beautiful and intelligent/ I’m a bit teary eyed as I recall the day Michael made his transition. I saw the heartbreak that you experienced.
    I celebrate you and your life. And for bringing my cousins into this world.
    And, I know that you are in peace and joy on the other side united with your loved ones.

    December 2, 2017
    Tommy Lembo -
  • One of the finest people i’ve ever known and flown with. he will be missed.

    December 2, 2017
    Dino Degasperi -
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