NORTHAMPTON - John L. Sullivan Jr., 86, of Northampton, died Wednesday (10-30-13) at Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital, following a courageous battle of heart complications and a lifelong history of heart disease.
Born Oct. 20, 1927 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the son of John L. and Theresa (DeVecchis) Sullivan. His family moved to Turners Falls, where he attended school and played in "The Patch."
John married the former Irene M. (Bonner) Sullivan and raised four children. He then married Dorothy (Lynde) Sullivan and they lived the last 40-plus years both in Palm Bay, Fla., and Massachusetts, and for the past 14 years in Northampton.
John loved working outdoors and was an experienced mason and handyman having worked for D.H. Jones for several years in the Amherst area. He and his wife were also foster parents for many years, taking in challenged teens.
He enjoyed his property in Florida with his wife and their cats making every square inch of what he owned into a beautiful place to relax and retire. He was an avid gardener and loved the tropical plants he grew there. He also enjoyed cooking and baking along with a good ball game.
Besides his wife, he leaves a son, John L. Sullivan III and his wife Caroline of Springfield, Vt.; a daughter, Maureen Sky and her husband Edward of Bernardston; five grandchildren, Nicole Petersen and Adrianne Boliski, both of Bernardston, Ryan Interlande of Turners Falls, Ginamarie Wyman and Katie M. Sullivan, both of Springfield, Vt.; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves three stepsons, Skip, Reid and Craig Roberts, all of Amherst.
John also had many wonderful and caring friends at Michael's Place of Northampton.
A memorial service will be held at Michael's place at a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are suggested to the Cardiovascular Unit at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Francis Street, Boston, MA, and or donations to The Salvation Army of Hampshire and Franklin Counties.