John Thomas Sullivan

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John Thomas Sullivan of Bellingham, Massachusetts, formerly of Manchester, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at home with his daughter and son-in-law. He was married to M. Christine Sullivan for 59 years, until she passed in 2010.

John was the father of Glenna Laverdiere and her husband, Marc, of Bellingham, John and his wife, Sue, of Bolton, Brian and his wife, Lee, of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, Terry, who passed in 2014, and his wife, Tricia, formerly of Bristol, Kevin and his wife, Cara, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Tim and his wife, Sheri, of Tolland. John was the grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. John is survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Raber of East Windsor; and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Westerly, Rhode Island, Feb. 26, 1926, he was the son of James and Victoria (Whewell) Sullivan of Pawcatuck, and the brother of Harold Sullivan, James Sullivan, and Kathleen King. A 1943 graduate of Stonington High School, he earned a diploma in aircraft and engine mechanics at the Allen School of Aeronautics in Hillsgrove, Rhode Island. He secured his Civil Aeronautics Administration aircraft and engine license in 1952. John worked on aircraft engines at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, then automobiles, eventually moving into automobile sales at Moriarty Brothers in Manchester. A member of St. James Parish in Manchester, for many years, John joined St. Blaise Parish in Bellingham in 2009.

John's funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Blaise Church, 1158 South Main St., Bellingham. Friends and family are invited to gather at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the Mass celebrating his life.

Since John was a strong advocate of eye health and care, having had an accident as a teen that resulted in vision loss in his left eye, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Massachusetts Eye and Ear, The Foundation of the MEEI, Inc., 243 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, or online at


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St Blaise Catholic Church
1158 S Main St
Bellingham, MA 02019
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16, 2019