A heart for gravestones: Derry man protects, restores grave markers
By Kathleen D. Bailey
Special to the Sunday News
T.J. Cullinane listened as a woman asked for help with a family gravestone. He nodded sympathetically when she described the lichen and moss that had crept over the marker, but put up a hand when she said she'd used bleach. "Never, ever use bleach," Cullinane said.
Cullinane now spends three to four weekends a summer taking care of the "old" part of the cemetery. He often works alone, though he's taught several groups of Pinkerton Academy students how to care for stones. On that Saturday he welcomed two fellow alumni from Salem State College, Steve Daly of Hampstead and Chris Corrente of Lowell, Mass. The men were doing a day of service for their alumni association.
Why does he do it, often alone and without pay? "It's a good feeling," Cullinane said. "You're up here with wonderful people, you make new friends."
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