Cape Neddick, Maine-Richard Douglas Cullum, youngest son of Margaret and the late Douglas Cullum, passed away on August 27, 2021 in York Hospital after a protracted illness. He was surrounded by his lifelong friends and family.
Rick was born in England June 3, 1967. When he was eight years old, he emigrated with his family to the U.S. and settled in York. Rick attended York schools and graduated from York High School in 1985. Soon after, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he resided in Walnut Creek and Oakland.
He worked as a building contractor on numerous large commercial projects and finished his work career as an independent contractor. He lived for many years with his partner Lisa Magnani and her two daughters in Oakland.
Rick was a skilled carpenter and mechanic. Quick to lend a hand to friends and family, he took on project after project with determination.
In his youth, he worked at the York Harbor Inn and became a talented epicurean, often preparing tasty meals for gatherings of friends.
The entirety of his adult life he was a devoted fan and avid follower of The Grateful Dead, attending no less than 300 of the band's concerts. Among his favorite performances were the annual run of Jerry Garcia Band shows at the Warfield Theatre.
An avid sailor, he enjoyed numerous voyages in New England and the wider Pacific Ocean with family and friends.
He returned to Maine several years ago and was a devoted son, caring for his mother at home in Cape Neddick.
He is survived by his brother, Peter (and wife Esther) of Sonoma, California, and two sisters,
Nina Duddy, of York, Maine and Lisa Pelly (and husband Morgan), of Asheville, NC.
He is also survived by four nephews, three nieces and two great-nephews.
Rick had many lifelong friends, from both the East Coast, the West Coast and points between.
He will be loved and missed by so many who will remember his passion for life.
Services will be held at St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Chapel Monday, September 13, at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow.
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