Former Westfield Academy and Central School Principal George E. "Ernie" Cullen died Friday after a long illness in the Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Howland, Ohio. He was 79.
Born in Dunkirk, Mr. Cullen was an elementary teacher and assistant principal at Amherst and Eggertsville schools, an assistant professor at Buffalo State Teachers College in Buffalo, and finally, an elementary school principal at Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, from which he retired in 1984.
He moved from Westfield to Warren in 2003.
Mr. Cullen was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Westfield, where he served on the Session, sang in the choir for 19 years, and was active in the men's club. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts for 30 years, having achieved the honor of Eagle Scout in his youth.
He was a two-term president of the Chautauqua North Retired Teacher's Association and held other offices in the organization for eight years. He also served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Alliance for the Mentally Ill. After World War II, he served overseas in Germany in the Army of Occupation.
Ernie enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, and playing the trumpet and piano.
Surviving are two sons, Brian F. of Akron, Ohio, and Wayne M. of Burlington, N.C.; a daughter, Amy H. Burd of Warren, Ohio; and five grandchildren. His wife, Ellen E. Cullen, died in 2001. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church and Society on Portage Street in Westfield. Burial is in Westfield Cemetery.