Victor Cullen was a man of encyclopaedic knowledge

Victor Cullen, who died at the age of 70 in his Albert Street, Clonmel home on February 14th, was well-known in his beloved Albert Street and in the Irishtown community.

Victor Cullen, who died at the age of 70 in his Albert Street, Clonmel home on February 14th, was well-known in his beloved Albert Street and in the Irishtown community.

In a tribute to Victor at the funeral service in St. Mary’s, Fr. Pat Hayes commented that he was “a man of encyclopaedic knowledge”. He was blessed with a rare blend of brilliance and had a wide–ranging universal interest and curiosity in diverse subjects ranging from aviation to music, politics, philately and numismatics. He had a lifelong interest in aircraft, air travel and space travel and followed the latest technology developments with more than a passing level of interest. He was a founder member of the Clonmel Gliding Club and, during the active years of the club in the early sixties and seventies, took part in its outings and flights over the Suir Valley, the Comeraghs, Kilkenny and Cork.

He had a keen interest in local history and was a lifelong member of the Clonmel Historical and Archaeological Society, attending all the local lectures and outings. He loved Clonmel and, in his own quiet way, contributed much to his own place. He had an abiding interest in world politics, particularly in the former Soviet Union and its subsequent carve-up into republics. He also followed local and national politics keenly.

His other main interest was music, of which he was a discerning listener. He was a member of the former Clonmel Gramophone Society and regularly attended its recitals until its discontinuation in the last decade. While he had an avid interest in the music of Richard Wagner, he also collected LPs of early brass and choral music records.

Victor was a keen philatelist and had built up an interesting collection, which he exchanged with a number of enthusiasts. His knowledge of stamps was impressive and he was an astute judge of the value of rare stamps and first day covers. He had an equally interesting collection of coins.

Widely read, with a memory for detail, and with strong analytical skills, he was capable of engaging in discussions with more than an amateur insight into aspects of science and technology. He had a wry sense of humour and has left good memories amongst his friends, to whom he was accustomed to calling frequently, a practice he continued up the week before he died.

He had been in failing health over the past year but nevertheless, though ill, his death came as a shock to his neighbours and close friends, as well as to his surviving sisters Monica and Ann.

His funeral service took place at 12 noon Mass from St. Mary’s, Irishtown, followed by interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery on the same day.

He is survived by his sisters Monica (Dublin and Italy) and Ann (Canada), nephews and nieces and a large circle of friends. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Elma, who died in 2000 and his brother, Nicholas (Nicky), who died in 2005.

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