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John H. Cull

Korean War Veteran, Retired Telephone Co. Worker


John H. Cull, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning August 23, at Lowell General Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Jean L. (Vayo) Cull, who predeceased him on November 2, 1987.

Born on May 5, 1930, he was the son of the late Arthur T. Cull and the late Mary E. (Leary) Cull.
John attended the Oakland Elementary School, Moody Junior High and graduated from Lowell High School in the Class of 1948. He attended evening classes for two years at Lowell Textile College, now part of UMass Lowell.

A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army with the 714th Railway Battalion, before an honorable discharge.

Prior to his retirement, John worked as a PBX repairman for over 30 years, first with New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, which later became A T & T.

Later, he worked as a Communications Specialist for seven years at Raytheon in South Lowell and then as a delivery man for Westford Anodizing for a few years.

He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church. John was an Honorary Life Member of the IBEW (Local 2321), a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers, a Life Member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks # 87, B.P.O.E., a Life Member of the National Korean War Veterans Association, and was a member and Past Commander of the Korean War Veterans Association of Greater Lowell.

He served as an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 6, in Lowell for over 15 years during which time John received many Scout Awards including the St. George Medal and the District Award of Merit.

For nearly twenty years, he enjoyed travelling and visiting many friends and family members on his motorcycle.

A member of the Retread Motorcycle Club, John continued until his passing to recall the many years he had fun riding on “the Bike.”

John is survived by his daughter Jean M. Cull of Lowell and his son John H. Cull, Jr. and his partner Ann Marie Benson of Nottingham, NH; his sister-in-laws Janet and Barbara Vayo of Lowell; brother-in-laws Harold Vayo and his wife Joan of CT and Paul Vayo and his wife Genia of VA; as well as many nieces, nephews, several first cousins, many special neighbors and close friends.

He was predeceased by his brother Arthur D. Cull in 1974 and his sister Ellen L. Cull  in 2004.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Westford House for the dedicated care they provided to their father for the past 15 months and to the nurses and staff of MS 3 at Lowell General Hospital for the compassionate care they gave to their father in his final days.

Cull – In Lowell, MA, August 23, 2015, at Lowell General, John H. Cull, 85, husband of the late Jean L. (Vayo) Cull. Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday. His funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Saturday morning at 10 o’clock followed by a Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Bldg. Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01852 or the Oblate Residence, 486 Chandler St., Tewksbury. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Condolences (2)
  • Father John Hanley, OMI
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your beloved father, John. You are all in my prayers. Father John, OMI
  • Tony and Almerinda  - Dear John and Jean,
    Your dad will be very much missed. He was a wonderful man, a true gentleman and war hero. We were honored to have known him. May he rest in peace. Please accept our deepest condolences.
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