SULLIVAN, JEFFREY DAVID., b., 2/20/70, Miami, and died suddenly on 4/7/12 in Miami, while visiting his family for Easter. Beloved son of Daniel J. and Anneil H. Sullivan and brother to Patrick, Matthew, and Anne Sullivan of Miami, and Beth (Marshall) Van Smith of Pembroke Pines. Loving uncle to Brian, Evelyn "Evy", and Chloe Van Smith. Godson of David Sullivan and Patricia Sullivan Boyle; proud godfather to Catherine Sullivan Taillon and Chloe Van Smith; nephew, cousin, and friend to many who feel the loss of him. Jeffrey's indomitable will and drive were matched only by his loving heart and generous spirit. To do something he enjoyed - such as making a baby laugh or playing a mischievous trick - brought out his lightning quick- smile (gone almost before it flashed across his face) and the merriness in his brown eyes. Jeffrey had a wide, deep and varied interest in history, literature, current events and, for much of his life, the Japanese culture, cuisine, and language. Perhaps only those who knew him well knew the tenderness of his heart, in which he pondered many things. Among those things were the things which spurred him to high achievement. Jeffrey attended the University of Notre Dame and then Georgetown University, graduating summa cum laude from Georgetown with a double major in physics and history. He went on to The University of Texas School of Law (on a full academic scholarship), from which he graduated with honors. It was while at UT that his love of Texas, Austin in particular, was cemented. He went on to join two top-tier New York City law firms in the Intellectual Property departments, becoming a partner at Baker Botts. He was also a member of the Patent Bar. He loved Miami Hurricanes and Texas Longhorns football and the Miami Dolphins - and nearly missed many a Sunday afternoon flight trying to watch just one more moment of a Dolphins game. Jeffrey was a foodie and delighted in dining and in introducing others to new and, especially, exotic foods and restaurants. He took pleasure in visiting the restaurants of Manhattan, the city in which he worked, and his adopted hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, where he lived for over a decade and where he enjoyed walking around. He also enjoyed exploring the sights and tastes of London and Tokyo, each of which he visited often. As much as he loved to visit a fine restaurant (and if it served sushi, all the better), Jeffrey was seldom happier than when he was sitting at the kitchen table at "Mom and Dad's", his mother cooking him some home fare like greens with bacon, or a breakfast fry-up. If he ever were happier, it probably was when he was playing with the kids, Brian, Evy and Chloe: helping Brian dig a hole or take a "nature walk" (at which Uncle Jeffrey was an unrivaled guide); retrieving Evy from some precarious perch in the pongam tree; or sharing in Chloe's glee at a My Little Pony or Hello Kitty brought back direct from Japan by Uncle Jeffrey. Jeffrey was an exemplary brother - especially a big brother to his younger sisters and brother; a son who took true joy and delight in honoring his father and mother; and a devoted, adoring uncle. Jeffrey, we love you, and we will see you again. Until we do, you will rest peacefully in Christ, and we will take care of each other. "One brief moment and all will be as it was before." We love you, our boy, and miss you terribly. A Mass of the Resurrection was held on April 11, 2012, after which Jeffrey was interred at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in the Miami Herald from Apr. 10 to Apr. 15, 2012