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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Jack Walter Cullin

Jack Walter Cullin left loved ones far too soon on September 19, 2023. Born on June 15, 1946, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Maria Manuela Bosch of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Walter Nimon Cullin, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, Jack grew up with his mother and cousins, Maria and Luz Esther in Harlem, New York. Jack is a United States Marine. He actually enlisted right in Times Square! Jack went to Boot Camp at Paris Island, Infantry Training in Camp Lejeune, and was assigned to Kansas City. In Kansas City, he married Susan Anne Mayer, who gave birth to their daughter, Erin, in 1970. Jack achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6, and was involved in the development of the present uniform pay system for all military branches under the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Jack moved to Connecticut and worked for the Travelers Insurance Company, utilizing his knowledge from the Corps, as the Director of Technical Systems. During his time at the Travelers, Jack volunteered as a firefighter with the North Thompsonville Fire Department in Enfield, CT. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master’s in Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jack was a natural leader, training Emergency Medical Technicians, instructing CPR for the Red Cross, and certifying NAUI/PADI scuba divers, as well as instructors. Jack met his beloved wife, Edna Negron, when she was the principal of the Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances Elementary School, in 1989. Together, they forged incredible relationships in their civic involvement with the city of Hartford. Jack became a member of the Board of Advisors for “El Futuro en Nuestras Manos” mentor program that brought young Hispanic professionals as mentors for Betances 6th graders. Jack was the director of the highly successful Breaking the Cycle teen pregnancy prevention program under the Parisky Group in Hartford, CT. His many volunteer activities included the CT River Council Boy Scouts of America, where he served as a Commissioner, and participated in the Wood Badge training staff. He served on the board of directors of La Casa de Puerto Rico and the Hartford Evening Lions Club in Hartford, CT. After retirement, Jack became enthralled with genealogy, creating an incredible family trail and legacy for his grandchildren. Jack and Edna returned to their stunning island of Puerto Rico, where Jack continued his love for scuba, instructing and certifying several friends and local tour guides. In 2008, Jack and Edna moved to Florida, where he joined the Marine Corps League Detachment 708, and officiated as Chaplain of Honor Guard for services honoring veterans at the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Spring Hill, FL, where he became Commander. But, above all of the honors, accomplishments, awards and degrees… Jack was an incredible grandfather, father, husband, son, cousin, and friend. He was a personality larger than life itself. Jack is survived by his wife, Edna, his daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Daniel, and their children, Brittney, Lauren, Robert, Dartanian, Anastasia, his stepson and wife, Josh and Kris, and their children, Jake, Nate, and Nova, his stepdaughter and husband, Toni and Luis, and their daughter, Gabi, and his stepdaughter, Mari, and her children, Joseph, Danielle, and Sara. Jack was predeceased by his adoring mother. We will miss you every day forever, Pop, Uelo, Jack… services will be held for a final Oorah on Monday, October 16th at 1:30pm at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, Florida 33513. For any who would like to make a donation in Jack’s name, the family is honored to support the Gary Sinise Foundation, www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate and the Wounded Warrior Project www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.