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James Edward Sullivan, DDS AGE: 88 • Toms River, formerly of Livingston Dr. James E. Sullivan, who lived and practiced dentistry in Livingston for over forty years, from 1953-1994, passed away peacefully at Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, on Sunday, September 14. He was 88. From 1994-2010, he resided in Toms River. He was the devoted husband of the late Helen M. (O'Mara) for fifty-nine years. He was a loving and dedicated father to Beth Friedberg of Basking Ridge, Cate Oakley of Mansfield Township, and J. Matthew Sullivan of Arlington, MA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Caitlin, Megan, Ryan, Kevin, Erin, Rebecca, and Lincoln. Dr. Sullivan was born on February 7, 1926, the youngest of six children born to Dr. James A. and Edna (Connolly) Sullivan, in Jersey City, where his father practiced medicine. He was an all-state end on the Lincoln High School football team. Graduating in the midst of World War II, he immediately enrolled in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. After crossing the Atlantic through German U-boat blockades, he decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Pacific theater for the duration of the war. He participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa aboard the attack transport USS Sibley. It was during his time in the Navy that he became interested in dentistry. Returning from his active duty service, he earned his bachelor's degree from St. Peter's College in 1949. In 1951, while attending Georgetown University School of Dentistry, he married Helen O'Mara; the couple had grown up on the same street in Jersey City. Following his graduation, they settled in Livingston and established his practice. Dr. Sullivan was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the American Dental Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He was also an avid skier and boater. Dr. Sullivan was a devout and active parishioner of St. Philomena's Church in Livingston, serving in the choir and as a Eucharistic Minister. In 1994, he retired to his summer home in the Green Island section of Toms River, where he continued his work as a lay minister in St. Justin's parish until 2009. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8-9am at Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. A Funeral Mass will follow at 9:30am at St. Justin The Martyr RC Church, 975 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. A private graveside service will follow at Brigadier General William C Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com .
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