SULLIVAN--John G., 48, of Manhattan, NY, died on April 5, 2011 at New York Presbyterian Hospital, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. John is survived by the great joy of his life, his son Quinn Sullivan, and wife Mary Brosnahan also of Manhattan; parents Madeline and John Sullivan of Sleepy Hollow NY; sister Jeanne Sullivan-Gillespie and husband Chris Gillespie of Burlington, VT; sister Madeline Sullivan-Drake and husband Tom of Waterbury, VT. His sister, Joanne Sullivan, predeceased John. He was a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews. John found great support and fellowship with his friends at AA. A graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School, John was both a quarterback and pitcher for the Headless Horseman. A lifelong athlete and sports' fan, he enjoyed watching the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the New York Yankees and the New York Jets. He attended St. Mary's College of Moraga, CA, and graduated Sum Cum Laude from Fordham Graduate School with a MSW. He later became a Licensed Social Worker and therapist. After several years in sales, working for both the Carrier Corporation and Strick Leasing Co, John found his life's calling helping others, particularly the homeless, mentally ill, and those suffering from addiction issues. John spent several years working for Pathways to Housing, and then as the Executive Director for Friends House, providing housing and support services to those formerly homeless living with AIDS. Most recently, John was an Interventionist and Director of Case Management with Gallant and Associates, where he helped hundreds of people towards recovery and a better life. The family will receive friends this Friday at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison and 81st Street, 1-3, 5-8. A celebration of John's life and Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, April 9, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31st at 11am. Interment to follow at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Donations in John's memory can be sent to: The Coalition for the Homeless, New York City.
Published in The New York Times on Apr. 7, 2011