“Grubber” Has Gone Home


John William “Grub” Culligan

There are some people who make the world a better place because they were in it.  “Grubber” was one of those.  He loved the Lord.  He was a patriot, loving this nation dearly.  And – he was a good Republican. (He was also a McLaury, but he gets a pass on that one).

His health had been precarious for years, but that did not stop him from entering into life via his computer.  I had many a laugh over  his hilarious cartoons making fun of just about anyone, especially Bill Clinton and John Kerry.  In fact, I have one of his cartoons pinned up on my fridge.

John was a kind man.  He was always willing to donate to a cause he felt greater than his own, especially if it was related to Tombstone, the McLaury Family, and the Wild West, which he loved.  He was very generous to the Wyatt Earp Birthplace Museum, where I serve on the Board of Directors as the VP.

He was always willing to give a “leg up” to anyone who needed help.  I think he felt his lack of actual participation in things greatly.  I also don’t think there was anything more he would have desired than to be able to make a visit to Tombstone, but his health just wouldn’t allow it.

John helped so many people.

As a cop, he was on duty during Woodstock.  His tales were quite funny.  He could take any story and turn it into the Great American Comedy.  (There was this story about he, a fellow cop, a circus, and an elephant. It was one of the funniest things I ever read).

John loved his country.  He was a patriot.  I find it ironic that he survived long enough to see the Commissioning of the George H. W. Bush.  I remember when the aircraft carrier was announced, how excited he was, and thrilled when I sent him a mission cap from the new carrier.

John adored his family, his grandchildren, and his John Deere, named “Nellybelle”.  She is going to miss him.

We are all going to miss him.

The Official Memorial

John Passed away at home on January 11, 2009, age 65. He was born October 18, 1943 to the late Norman and Laura (Lynn) Culligan. Mr. Culligan was born and raised in Monticello, graduating from Monticello High School in 1962. He moved to Highland Falls New York before eventually retiring to “his mountain” in Hamden New York.

John was a member of the Monticello Police Department for 12 years, as well as their firearms instructor. After reaching the rank of Sargent, he moved on to work at Tuxedo Park and eventually retire from The State of New York Safety Department at Letchworth Village.

He was an accomplished artist and cartoonist, always doodling in his younger years and spreading laughter with his personal take on everything from politics, to history, the guy down the street. His two passions were cooking and his mountain in Delaware County where he hosted many picnics and parties that gave him the opportunity to cook for the masses. To pass the time since his retirement, he became an avid history researcher and collector, with a special interest in the Old West and local history. With his skills on the computer, he has made friends from around the globe.

John is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joanne (Jusino) Culligan, as well as his two brothers Norman Culligan and his wife Evelyn and James Culligan and his wife Ann. He is also survived by his 5 children; David Culligan and his partner Tracy Cullen, Laura Class and her husband Thomas, Joseph Jusino, John A. Culligan and Noel Rainbolt and her husband Richard. He leaves behind 13 grandchildren; Nichole Meyer, Kendra Libbee, Catherine Class, Jennifer Poteralski, Ryan Culligan, Ryan Poteralski, Jessica Culligan, Jennifer Jusino, Tory Jusino, Justin Jusino, Joel Jusino, Dominick Jusino and Heidi Rainbolt as well as 2 great-daughters, several cousins, nieces and nephews and his loyal Golden Retriever, Mackey.

Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday 1/14 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm and Thurs 1/15 from 10-11am with a funeral service at 11am at Kenny-Van Inwegen Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello. A memorial service and the scattering of his remains will take place on “his mountain” in the spring.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family at PO Box 17, Hamden NY 13782