Robert “Bob” Allen Cullen, 64, of Salem CT, beloved son, husband, father, and grandfather,
passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 25th, 2020.
He worked at Electric Boat in Groton until he discovered his passion for teaching others his
trade. He was a beloved welding department head at Howell Cheney Technical High School in
Manchester for over 30 years. During his time there, he also taught night school to
postgraduates. He was instrumental in building HCTHS’s weld shop and made it a place that
students looked forward to coming each day. Many students kept in touch with him over the
years; one of his greatest joys was to see how successful his students had become in life. He
developed the department’s reputation into one that was trusted by local businesses that were
looking for quality welding and reliable welders.
Bob loved spending time with his family and his Dobermans; he found particular joy in being
with his grandchildren, whether he was teasing them, teaching them, or just talking with them.
He loved to reminisce with his daughters about their childhoods and entertain them with
detailed stories from his life. But more importantly he was a constant in their lives, always
knowing how to fix anything or giving them the best advice.
Bob was a fitness enthusiast for his entire life, participating in numerous biathlons and
triathlons over the years until he ultimately focused his attention on bicycling. Bob became a
passionate cyclist, always striving to be better than he was the ride before.
He loved Maine, a place that had his heart since his parents introduced him to the area many
years ago. He had been going there for decades but still discovered something new to love
every time he visited. Bob enjoyed riding his bike along the coast or getting lost in the
He always had multiple projects going at the same time and always saw each and every one of
them to completion, down to the most minor of details. Everyone that knew Bob knows that
he was reliable, knowledgeable, calm under pressure, caring, and funny. He loved Reese’s
Peanut Butter Cups, homemade sweet iced tea, Mazda Miatas (and cars in general), Led
Zeppelin, and working in his home weld shop. Bob will be remembered for his warm smile,
reassuring presence, and infectious laugh.
Preceded in death by his father Robert L. Cullen, Bob is survived by his mother Evelyn Cullen,
his wife Millie (Hernandez) Cullen, his daughters Jessica Cullen and Amy Grendzinski, his
stepdaughters Beth Funk and Chris Gudaitis, and five grandchildren.
Private services have been entrusted to Belmont Funeral Home, Colchester, CT. To share your
memories with the family, please visit their website at www.belmontfh.com. A Celebration of
life will be held at a later date. Please consider donating to Special Needs Dobermans
(www.doberman911.org) in his memory. This group helps Dobermans all over the country.
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