Robert Emmett McCullough

Robert Emmett “Rob” McCullough, age 65, of Upper Darby and formerly of Havertown, passed away peacefully Nov. 10, surrounded by family.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the devoted son of the late Emmett P. and Margaret T. (Dunne) McCullough.

Mr. McCullough was a proud 1973 graduate of Msgr. Bonner High School and received his bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Villanova University. As a graduate of two Augustinian institutions, he lived out the values of that tradition including a commitment to truth, unity and love.

For many years Mr. McCullough worked as a claim supervisor and specialist for several national insurance companies including 26 years for Ohio Casualty and most recently Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. He worked closely with lawyers and consultants across the country to resolve complex litigation matters and was well regarded in his profession.

Mr. McCullough was a caring and giving person who was always available to help anyone in need. He was a positive person who tried to see the good in everyone. He always had a compliment to lift your spirit or bring a smile to your face. He had a keen, quick wit and leaves many great stories that he shared over the years. He was also a wise man who offered counsel and advice to many.

He loved to travel and did so extensively across the United States and Europe with his siblings and friends. He had a deep love for music of all kinds and especially loved Van Morrison.

In his free time he was passionate about golf and enjoyed a competitive game of tennis, but perhaps one of his greatest loves was spending late afternoons on the Avalon beach with his family.

Mr. McCullough was a loving, devoted father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He is survived by his children Dan McCullough (Theresa) and Teresa McCullough (Jim Calvarese) and his grandchildren Hailey, Jackson, Owen and Maddie. Also surviving are his siblings James McCullough (Marilyn), Kevin McCullough (Elizabeth Sands), Maureen McCullough, Karen Emhof (Bill), Jeannine McCullough (Dan Fiorella), Christine McCullough (John McDevitt) and Tim McCullough (Maggie) and many loving nieces and nephews.

Family was what mattered most to Mr. McCullough whether it centered around small gatherings with his children and grandchildren or large family celebrations with siblings, their spouses and many nieces and nephews.


Relatives and friends are invited to visit the family Friday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at Annunciation B.V.M. Church in Havertown, followed by his funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield. The Mass will be livestreamed via the Donohue Funeral Home Facebook page.

Masks are to be worn in the church and at the cemetery, and social distancing is to be observed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. McCullough’s memory may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303 or the American Cancer Society, 1818 Market Street, Suite 2820, Philadelphia, PA 19103.