Obituary: Thomas D. “Tom” Cullen, Owner of Black Pearl in Newport

Thomas David Cullen died on Monday, August 15 at Rhode Island Hospital. He became born in Columbus, Ohio in 1941 and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Naturally, he becomes a faithful Cleveland Browns fan. He graduated from Miami of Ohio University and obtained his regulation diploma from Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Tom moved to Newport along with his circle of relatives in 1973 and purchased the Black Pearl Restaurant located on Bannister’s Wharf, which he converted into one of the famed eating places on the East Coast.

He was the President of the Board of St. Michael’s Country Day School for several years.

Tom turned into an avid golfer and become a member of the Newport Country Club, The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, Pine Valley in New Jersey, and The Everglades Club in Palm Beach. One of the highlights of his golfing profession was beating the famous Tom Weiskopf in the Columbus City Championship in the past due to the ’50s. 

He additionally became a performed boxer and won the Cleveland metropolis Championship, additionally inside the past due to the ’50s. He had a top-notch love of music, opera being his favored, and the first-rate spotlight of his younger tune life changed into playing the bald priest in the opera “Tosca” in Cleveland. He can be remembered most for his “stroll” down the wharf on Sundays to satisfy his boys.

He leaves behind his wife, Kathleen Beckett, his stepson, Ford Beckett, and his former spouse Norey Dotterer Cullen, with whom he had four sons: David Dotterer Cullen, Tyler Boozer Cullen, Keith Benner Cullen, and Matthew Charles Cullen. His genuine and predominant ardor was the top-notch love he had for his circle of relatives. His brother, John Wesley Cullen III, and his sister, Weezie Cullen Steffens, additionally survive him.

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