Cornelius F. Sullivan Sr.

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Cornelius "Neil" F. Sullivan, Sr.

84, of Indianapolis, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Neil was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Neil is survived by his children, Judith Sullivan, Mary Helen Sullivan, Joanne (Paul) Fishburn, Beth (Chris) Sullivan-Summers, Neil Sullivan, Jr. and David (Mary Jo) Sullivan; son-in-law, Howie Weiss; 27 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, as well as his brother, Jack Sullivan, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his daughter, Kathy Sullivan-Weiss, and two grandchildren.

Neil served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a graduate of Boston College. Neil retired at age 55 from Berg Electronics, a division of DuPont. Following retirement, Neil returned to college to earn his teaching certificate, eventually joining the staff of Bishop Chatard High School as a Science teacher and guidance counselor.

Neil enjoyed nearly 40 years of sobriety as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and devoted himself to service of others through AA in various ways including sponsoring and supporting new members, contributing to the study and archiving of the history of AA, and leading AA meetings at the Pendleton Correctional Facility. Even in his death, Neil's generosity can be seen, as his final request was that his body be donated to Indiana University School of Medicine for research.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, Fishers, IN, on January 4, 2014, with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. and Mass beginning at 10:30 a.m. An opportunity to celebrate Neil's life, and service in AA, will be held at Allisonville Christian Church, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 starting with fellowship from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and a memorial service from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Neil's memory to: Indianapolis Intergroup / Alcoholics Anonymous, 1915 W. 18th Street, Suite D, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 29, 2013
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