Zarro Funeral Home

145 Harrison Street, Bloomfield, NJ


Anthony Joseph Cullen

November 17, 1942June 7, 2020

Tony, as he was known to all, came to the states in his early 20’s from Ireland. Throughout his life he would become known for his tales of growing up on the emerald isle, producing some fantastic yarns that brought laughter and at times some pondering from those around him. He was an avid soccer player, fan, coach and advocate first playing with the West Indies United out of Newark when coming to the states and then coaching the Jersey Gunners to state champs. He was actively involved for years in the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association both teaching and assessing referees and working to grow the sport in New Jersey. He was an avid chess player, playing with members from the Bloomfield Chess club after coming to the states. He retained a love of chess and soccer throughout his life and could be found often at the Scot’s Club in Kearny watching international matches or speaking with local players, coaches and refs after matches. He loved old Irish pub culture and believed pints were best shared with friends new and old exchanging stories. He was never quick to judge, first to forgive, known for elaborate detailings of historical events and an affective that drew you in to sit, have a drink and share a story. He is survived by his son Sean, his daughter-in-law Samantha and his wife Maria and all those he shared a tale with, especially about growing potatoes.


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Christian S. Costescu

July 17, 2020

We lost one of the finest , special and beloved friend.
He was one of the most professional in the world of refereeing .
I will remember Tony for his dedication to soccer and for his humor, making everybody feel good. He guided me in my first steps to become a referee. He will be greatly missed.
Condolences to his family.

Manuel Angel (Manny) Dieguez

July 14, 2020

May you rest in peace all who knew you will never forget you. Grateful that you guided me in my first steps in the world of refereeing...... I am glad to have know you.... we shall meet again.... Thank you.... Condolences to Marie and Sean...

Jorge de la Bandera

July 13, 2020

I'm very saddened to hear of Tony's passing. As has been said by others, NJ soccer has lost a Legend.

I will remember Tony for his charming wit, awesome sense of humor (usually with a wry smile) and unflinching dedication to soccer and his referees.

May he rest in peace.

Tom Mara

June 10, 2020

Marie, Helen and I send our condolence. I remember Tony's Jersey Gunners winning the NJ U-19 State Cup 2-years in a row, which was a great achievement. When I became President of Northern Counties Soccer Association in 1980, I asked Tony to join the Board of Directors and to organize the assignment of qualified referees for the hundreds of weekly games. He did such a good job that the NJ Youth Soccer Association recruited him to do the same job on a statewide level. Sean, you Dad was a great man, who often fondly spoke about you. God bless, Tom & Helen Mara

Anthony & Lorraine Masi

June 10, 2020

It's always sad to see someone you know pass away. Tony will always be remembered as a person who spoke his mind and at the same time have you laughing at some of his tales. We will never forget him singing The House of The Rising Sun, because every time i hear that song I think of him. Rest in peace Tony.


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