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Cullen, Andrew M. July 24, 1983 - September 9, 2021

It is with great sorrow, we share that Andrew M. Cullen passed away on September 8, 2021

Andrew, known as “Drew” to family and a select few, was born on July 24, 1983 in San Rafael, California, to his loving parents Tom and Jane, and older brother and fellow traveler, Matt.

Andrew attended Hackettstown schools and graduated from high school in 2002, He was a US Army Veteran, serving from 2004 through 2009 in the Artillery, with time spent in Afghanistan and Africa, having attained the rank of Sergeant. Andrew later attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Upon return to the United States and civilian life, Andrew continued to pursue his passion as a member of the 2nd Regiment Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry as a Civil War reenactor. Forever a history buff – Andrew was always seeking to learn, his home was filled with literature, history books and video courses from topics as varied as biographical studies of Churchill to the Illard of Homer.

A member of the Musconetcong Masonic Lodge #42 since 2010, Andrew rose to become Worshipful Master of the lodge. His Masonic brothers honor his memory and service, as such a Masonic funeral service will be held during the viewing.

Andrew was employed with the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative, but his real occupation was Adventurer. Drew and Matt journeyed to Scotland, Ireland, and London, South Korea with a quick jaunt to Thailand, and a memorable trip to Hong Kong completed in just four days. Traveling solo, Drew went to Italy and Spain, he ascended Machu Pichu. The brothers enjoyed going to concerts together- with Andrew favoring heavy metal and rock.

Many special moments spent with dad, Tom, texting and bantering back and forth with their trivia questions of the day are especially cherished and will be missed.

Andrew is survived by father: Thomas Cullen and stepmom Debbie, brother: Matthew Cullen, stepsister: Beth Harvey (husband Dan), stepbrother: David Shafer (wife Kristen) and stepfather Hank Shotwell.

Andrew was predeceased by his mother; Jane Cullen and we imagine they are now enjoying many cups of tea and conversations about Medieval History. He was loved and shall be missed by his many relatives and friends. Peaceful travels, Andrew.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. \

A funeral service will be held following the visitation on Saturday, September 18 at Cochran Funeral Home, Inc., 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Chaplin Mario Spadaro officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, in memory of Andrew.



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    Steve Tichenor says

    So sorry to hear of the loss. He will truly be missed. RIP Andrew.

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    Chuck mone says

    Andrew we had many discussions at the federal building about the military also about the NFL in general . So sorry to hear that you past . May God look over your soul and may you be at rest in eternal peace brother . My condolences to your family .🙏🙏🙏🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    Jane Fraser says

    Condolences toTom and Debbie. RIP Andrew.

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    Chris Chairez says

    Andrew, thanks for being a great friend you were always there too talk too when I needed advice on anything. We talked about football for hours on end and I’ll always remember our times in the military together. I’m gunna miss your smile and laugh. Till we meet again brother

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    Jessie Lee says

    Cullen, brother Im going to miss our talks. We helped each other through some times buddy. You are going to be missed dearly by your brothers in arms. Till Valhalla Brother.

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    Mark J Brelsford says

    Although I only met you once, your kindness towards me and passion I saw about you when talking about the Civil War was refreshing. May you rest in peace and know you be greatly missed.

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    Mark J Brelsford says

    Although I only met you once, your kindness towards me and passion I saw about you when talking about the Civil War was refreshing. May you rest in peace and know you will be greatly missed.

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    Scott Randall Ridgaway says

    Till Valhalla Brother!!, when we meet again , you will be in my thoughts always , you were a great soldier , a true warrior and a friend to many..

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    Joann Hoff says

    Tom, Debbie and Matt, I’m so sorry for your loss, I know words can not take the pain away, but I hope the pain well easy in time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Dr Kaufman and kathy says

    We are so sorry for the loss of Andrew

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    Susan Egan says

    Deepest sympathy to Andrew’s family. I have fond memories of him as a third grader at Hatchery Hill School. May Andrew rest in peace .

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    Dann says

    I hope one day I can say, in even a moment, I was as thoughtful as you were in any conversation. Thank you for always being a willing listener. Until Valhalla. Prayers for your family.

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    Kristina Howell says

    Matt and Mr. Cullen,.
    So sorry to hear about Drew’s passing. I will be thinking of you and your family.

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    Rita and Bill Moraski says

    We met you several times at the Lodge for breakfast over the years and you always had a story to tell. Great adventures and conversations of your Mom and cars. To His family, we are so sorry to hear of Drew’s passing. He will be missed at the Breakfast group and mourned by so many. So hard to believe he is gone. Our hearts go out to you all. XOXO

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    Susan and Pauiine says

    Pauline and I will miss Andrew. Loved are little talks. He will always be in ours thoughts and prayers.

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    Bethannie Ortiz says

    Andrew was a frequent customer at our cigar shop. He was kind and funny and it was always great seeing and talking with him. We just recently learned of his passing and we are all very heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s family and friends through this very difficult time. He will be greatly missed.

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