Holy Cross future Service Team members Carlos Diaz De Leon, Cieolo Barroso, Monet Moses, Evie Mitchell, Kylee Hanel, Osweldo Arriola-Mendoza and Elizabeth Louie are pictured with Tim Culligan. Culligan tends to everything from ill students to faulty boilers. (Courtesy Holy Cross School)
Holy Cross future Service Team members Carlos Diaz De Leon, Cieolo Barroso, Monet Moses, Evie Mitchell, Kylee Hanel, Osweldo Arriola-Mendoza and Elizabeth Louie are pictured with Tim Culligan. Culligan tends to everything from ill students to faulty boilers. (Courtesy Holy Cross School)
“Holy Cross School is so blessed to have Tim Culligan as a legacy and a critical member on the school and parish staff,” said July Johnson, Holy Cross principal.

Culligan is an alumnus of the school and attended Holy Cross in the original school building. He and his wife, Jonni, sent all seven of their children through Holy Cross and both were active parents at the school. Culligan was the Catholic Youth Organization athletic director for more than 20 years and a member of the school advisory council.

In his spare time, he devoted many hours to the school, including working to replace one of the school’s boilers 10 years ago. Five years ago, Culligan was closing up his construction business, Island Mechanical, but was not ready for full retirement. He reached out to the parish office to find out how he could be of service to the parish community. Since then, Culligan takes care of daily custodial needs, including responding to a “Code V” (sick student), while also ensuring that the long-term maintenance needs of the parish are addressed.

Last year, the school celebrated Culligan’s service to the school by having its first “Tim Culligan Day,” during which staff copied Culligan’s daily “uniform” of plaid shirt and jeans and presented him with gifts of appreciation.

Culligan said he loves working with the students and is happy to support the creation of the school’s Service Team, which provides leadership opportunities for middle school students while members help Culligan set up for schoolwide and parish events.

“It is always amazing to see the kids and their willingness to lend a helping hand,” said Culligan.

Members of the Holy Cross community say they hope Culligan’s legacy will continue by having some of his grandchildren attend the school.