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Raymond Charles Cullen, 87, WWII Vet

Raymond Charles Cullen, 87, a lifelong Norwalk resident who had been active with the Norwalk Boy Scouts, died Tuesday at St. Joseph's Manor in Trumbull after a long battle with leukemia. He and his wife, Helena Kallaway Cullen, were married for 63 years. Cullen worked in the gas division of CL&P for 40 years, retiring as a field services manager. He also operated his own landscaping business.

After graduating from J.M. Wright Technical School, Cullen enlisted in the Army and served in Europe during WW II, holding the rank of Technical Corporal. He was a longtime member of St. Mary's Parish in Norwalk and a member of the Holy Name Society. Cullen was also a past president of the Norwalk chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. His became involved with the Boy Scouts when his sons took up scouting. He loved to work with his hands and enjoyed working his vegetable garden.

In addition to his wife, Cullen is survived by four sons, Richard and his wife, Sharon, of Jupiter, Fla., Brian and his wife, Sharon, of Torrington, David and his wife, Joan, of Fairfield, and Shawn and his partner, John Kee, of New Hope, Pa.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers John "Rut" Cullen and Charles "Dud" Cullen, and an infant sister.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Magner Funeral Home , 12 Mott Ave. A Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St., New Canaan. Burial with full military honors will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. For directions or to sign an online guestbook, please go to funeral home's website.

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