SUFFOLK, VA - Paul J. Sullivan, 87, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012, with his loving family at his bedside.
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A native of Greenfield, MA, he was the son of the late Michael and Lena Sullivan. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Theresa Jean Sullivan, and three daughters, Lynn Browell of Elizabethtown, PA, Kerry Lambert and husband Michael of Norfolk, VA, and Laurie Cloud and husband Michael of Chester, VT, as well as seven grandchildren: Noelle, Laura, Andrew, Megan, Erin, Lindsay and Matthew, and four great-grandchildren.
He retired in 1985 as Senior VP of the New England Electric System, where he had worked for 11 years. Previously, he was VP and Chief Administrative Officer at Western Mass. Electric Co.
During WWII, he proudly served as an aerial gunner with the 493rd Bomb Group and flew 30 missions over Europe, including D-Day. After years in the USAF Reserve, he retired at the rank of Captain.
He graduated in 1949 from Amherst College, Magna Cum Laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He was a member of St. Mary's of the Presentation Church in Suffolk.
Civic activities included President of a non-profit housing development corp., Chairman of United Way campaign, Director of Springfield Orchestra Association and Urban League of Springfield and Trustee of Wesson Memorial Hospital and Our Lady of Providence Children's Center. Since retirement, he divided his time between residences in Sanibel and Ft. Myers, FL, and Kennebunk, ME. He was currently residing at Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community in Suffolk.
A memorial Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield on Monday, April 2, at 10 a.m. A private graveside service for immediate family will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St., Box 346, Greenfield, MA 01302.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield. Sympathy message available at:
Published in The Recorder on Mar. 28, 2012