Long-time Stoneham Police Officer Dies

Stoneham Police Department. Credit: Patch file photo.
Stoneham Police Department. Credit: Patch file photo.

Retired Stoneham Police Officer Thomas Cullen passed away this weekend after a long illness.

Officer Cullen was a long-time member of the Stoneham Police Department, serving as the school department DARE officer for many years.

Funeral services and arrangements have not been announced yet for Officer Cullen.

Do you remember Officer Cullen? Share your remembrances in the comments below or send your stories and photos to Editor Danielle Masterson at danielle.masterson@patch.com.
Jeanne E. Craigie February 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Officer Cullen was truly devoted to his family and to our Town! He touched the lives of so many! His gentle way, beaming smile and positive words will be his legacy! A dedicated public servant! My friend we shall miss you! May the Angels carry you to the Paradise you so deserve!
Crista Eagan Johnson February 18, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Such a great, gentle and dedicated man, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Jacqui Thomas February 19, 2014 at 06:45 AM
My condolences to Family & Friends...R.I.P.
Grace McManus February 19, 2014 at 06:50 AM
I will miss Tom very much. We spent a lot of time together writing the DARE Grants. Tom loved the DARE Program. The Stoneham children loved Tom because of the Dare program. We will also miss meeting him on our walks. My prayers and thoughts are with the Cullen Family
Lauren Murphy February 19, 2014 at 07:55 AM
My son decided to go into Police work because of the kindness and dedication of Dare Officer Cullen. When I told my son "Now you can be a Dare Officer like Tom Cullen" he replied "No one can be like Officer Cullen". No truer words have been spoken. He was truly a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.
Paul John Maisano February 19, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Tom Cullen, a giant of a man... with a heart as big as his laugh. There can be no amount of words to describe Tommy, I believe most people thought of him as the smiling poster police officer you may remember from forty years ago, as he pointed to us to drive carefully, and WATCH FOR CHILDREN. Last night, at the dinner table, I broke the news to my children who are now all young adults. There was a deafening silence.....then we all reminisced about officer Tom Cullen, and the huge role this man played, over many years, within our family. As my childhood neighbor from Somerville, as the mentor my children in the Stoneham schools, and literally thousands of others in our small community, Tom made a huge difference in our lives in small ways. Tom Cullen lived a magnificently successful life. He reached out to all equally, he was never judgmental, and always tried to find understanding ..... when there was little available. Tom maintained the enviable virtues of honestly, caring, and integrity. He was proud of his commitment to his family, his department, and our town, as he served so honorably for a lifetime. I will always remember such a person, and his level of humanity that one can only aspire to reach. As I drove down Pond street this morning, I remembered that a few years ago Tommy on a detail waving to me as I passed. For many of us Tom will always be on duty in Stoneham, smiling, as his spirit reminds us to keep an eye out for the children, as we drive. A successful life is that of a person who is always remembered for the good they accomplished while living.......Tommy Cullen will be remembered, and missed, forever. Thank you for your service Tommy, we all salute you!!! Our sincere condolences to all who loved and respected this man, from the entire Maisano Family.


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