Jeremiah "Jerry" Edward Sullivan, 84, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 16, 2014, after a special blessing given by Father Bruno. He was the son of the late John L. and Helen Sullivan.
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Jerry lived out his remarkable life in Enfield. He was born in an upstairs bedroom on Pleasant Street in Thompsonville, moved to Frew Terrace at the age of 4 where he grew up and raised his family, creating a central gathering place for the entire Sullivan clan. Jerry married the light of his life, Judy Kelly Sullivan in 1961 and went on to have four daughters and one son, Kathy Maznicki, and her fiancée, Frank Aleria, Eileen Cirillo, and her husband, Duane, Jeremiah E. Sullivan Jr., and his wife, Chris, Kelly Hewes, and her husband, Adam, and last but not least his little angel, Erin. Jerry also leaves seven beautiful grandchildren, Dylan, Corey, Maggie, Garrett, Cedar, Skylar, and Jonathan. He was predeceased by his sister, Eileen, her husband, Ed; and his brother, Jack.
Jerry lived his life to the fullest, starting as a young boy trapping and hunting and progressing to a more leisurely life in later years as a golfer and fisherman. He joined the Army out of high school and was stationed at West Point as a military policeman during the Korean War. After serving his country, Jerry worked his way up from bank teller to vice president at Connecticut Bank and Trust Co. As a lifelong resident of Enfield, he was very involved in serving the community most notably by dedicating 32 years on the Board of Directors of Allied Rehabilitation. Jerry was a faithful member of St. Patrick Church and dedicated his time to serve on the Parish Council in addition to being a weekly lector. More than anything in life, Jerry treasured being with his family, and in turn, they loved being with him. From boating on Lake Champlain to sunsets and star gazing on the dock at night, these moments helped create the bonds of a close and loving family. As we reflect on the life of this proud Irishman, we will miss him dearly but we know that he is in a better place and he lives in our hearts forever. We will see him in the God winks of life and our wish to all of you reading this is for you to find yours too. We would like to thank all of those who provided support and caring, including Masonicare, family, and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church on High Street in Enfield followed by military honors. Interment services will be held at old St. Patrick's Cemetery at the family's convenience.
His family will receive relatives and friends at Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, on Monday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made in Jerry's honor to Allied Rehabilitation, 3 Pearson Way, Enfield, CT 06082; or to St. Patrick Church, 64 Pearl St., Enfield, CT 06082.
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Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels
61 South Road
Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 18 to Apr. 22, 2014