North Reading — Philip T. Cullen Sr., 85, a longtime North Reading resident, passed away on Saturday, June 8, after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of 55 years of Mary (Leary) Cullen.
Phil was born at home in West Medford, Mass., the youngest of four sons of the late John and Esther (Grady) Cullen. He was a member of Merrimack College’s second graduating class in 1952. Moving to North Reading, Mass., in 1960, he built a thriving accounting and tax-preparation business that spanned 50 years. He was also the longtime proprietor of the former Li’l Peach convenience store, where he provided jobs to many local people. Phil was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.
Known for his friendly nature and quick wit, he loved reading, spending time at the beach, and traveling with his wife and fellow Merrimack alums to locations all over the world. He was recognized by the American Red Cross for his frequent blood and platelet donations. He was active in the Boy Scouts, and was involved for many years with the Merrimack College Alumni Association. Until recently, he could be found walking in his neighborhood daily, stopping to chat with his many friends as well as former customers.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Cullen Kirks and her husband, John, of Andover; a son, Kevin M. Cullen of Stoneham; and two grandchildren, Lacey and Hayden Kirks of Andover. He was predeceased by his son, Philip T. Jr. in January of this year.
He is also survived by his three older brothers, William of Cary, N.C.; John of Hamden, Conn., and Emmett of Quincy; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends, who will miss him very much.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:45 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. Route 62, North Reading. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to The Alzheimer‘s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. croswellfuneralhome.com.