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James P. Cullen

January 27, 1945 – December 8, 2017

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Obituary for James P. Cullen

CULLEN—James P.,

72, of Scarsdale, NY, died at home on Friday, December 8, 2017. Born January 27, 1945 in Queens, NY to Agnes Gorman and Patrick Cullen, he graduated from Iona College and St. John’s University School of Law. Jim served in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, retiring in 1996 as a Brigadier General and the Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
A real estate and human rights attorney, Jim was the co-founder and first President of the Brehon Law Society, served on the Advisory Board of Human Rights First, was President and Chairman of Friends of Sinn Fein, Inc., was the Treasurer of the Construction Industry World Trade Center Disaster Relief Fund and a Board Member of the 4th JAG Alumni Association.
After putting himself through law school driving tractor-trailer trucks, Jim dedicated his life to carrying out the values instilled by his Catholic faith. Jim became a champion for human rights. He represented the chaplain in the Peers Commission inquiry after the My Lai Massacre. He was also instrumental in assembling a group of retired military officers to speak out against the use of torture and call for the closure of the Guantánamo prison. President Obama said of this group: “they’ve made an extraordinary impression on me. They are outstanding Americans, who have fought and defended this country, and for them to fight on behalf of our constitutional ideals and values, I think, is exceptional.”
Jim fought for justice in Irish human rights causes. He worked tirelessly to bring peace to Ireland. He played an active role in the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement, acted as an international civil rights monitor in Northern Ireland, testified before Congress in the case of murdered human rights lawyer, Patrick Finucane and assisted with the inquiry into the killing of Rosemary Nelson. A true leader and inspiration to many, the Graymoor Franciscan Friars awarded him the Graymoor Award (2014) for his human rights work.
Jim is survived by his partner, Catherine Kelly, his children, Tara Carbonaro (husband Salvatore) of Wilton, CT, Kerry Bartelemucci (husband Lawrence) of Katonah, NY, Erin Stilp (husband Erik) of Milwaukee, WI, and Sean Cullen (wife Lindsey) of Scarsdale, NY, their mother, Traudy Cullen, and eight grandchildren, Timothy, Ella, and Eamon Carbonaro, Adeline and Grace Bartelemucci, Thomas and Emmet Stilp, and Olivia Cullen.
He will be remembered as a soldier, lawyer, and human rights worker. The story of his courage and generosity will endure through the impact he had on friends, family, and everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
Jim’s life brings to mind an Irish phrase describing someone that has given everything for a cause:
“Thug Jim an méid a bhí ina chnámha ar son saoirse na hÉireann.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pat Finucane Centre, Unit 8B, Rathmor Business Centre, Eastway, Creggan, Derry, Northern Ireland (http://www.patfinucanecentre.org/).

First Visitation

When Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Location
McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
Address
491 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY
Additional Information In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pat Finucane Centre, Unit 8B, Rathmor Business Centre, Eastway, Creggan, Derry, Northern Ireland (http://www.patfinucanecentre.org/). There is limited parking available at the Funeral Home. There is a municipal lot with ample parking directly across the street. Please review these Articles / Interviews / Main Subject by following these links http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/nyregion/24about.html & Notices: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/the-president-of-sinn-fein-usa-us-general-jim-cullen-has-passed-away

Service Information

When
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 10:00am
Officiating
Rector Msgr. Richie
Location
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Address
5th Ave
New York, New York
Service Extra Info
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pat Finucane Centre, Unit 8B, Rathmor Business Centre, Eastway, Creggan, Derry, Northern Ireland (http://www.patfinucanecentre.org/). Please review these Articles / Interviews / Main Subject by following these links http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/nyregion/24about.html & Notices: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/the-president-of-sinn-fein-usa-us-general-jim-cullen-has-passed-away

Interment Information

Location
Mucklagh Cemetery
Address
Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
Interment Extra Info
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pat Finucane Centre, Unit 8B, Rathmor Business Centre, Eastway, Creggan, Derry, Northern Ireland (http://www.patfinucanecentre.org/). Please review these Articles / Interviews / Main Subject by following these links http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/nyregion/24about.html & Notices: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/the-president-of-sinn-fein-usa-us-general-jim-cullen-has-passed-away

Affiliations


  • American

  • Army

  • Army

  • Distinguished Service Medal

  • Veteran