Waterford - James R. Sullivan, 64, of Waterford, passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, after an illness at home.
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Jimmy was born Jan. 27, 1948 in New London. He was the son of James F. and Dorothy (Ray) Sullivan, both whom predeceased him. While growing up in New London, Jimmy attended the St. Mary's School and graduated high school from St. Bernard's High School earning all ECC Honors in football. He continued his education earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Connecticut State College. Upon graduation from college, Jimmy began his career as an educator. He worked in various school districts such as Waterford, West Haven, Newington and New London. It was the Montville Public School System where he found his home and longevity, retiring after several years of dedication and hard work.
Jimmy's commitment to society didn't stop at educating the youth, in fact it started when he himself was a youth. Jimmy was an Eagle Scout in Troop 11 in New London. He was also a longtime volunteer with Special Olympics, and would annually participate in the Penguin Plunge. And when other's may be facing crises, Jimmy was there as a volunteer with the Oswegatchie Fire Department, in fact, earning "Fireman of the Year" in 1988/1989. Jimmy also found time to be a Connecticut State Marshall in his years of retirement. For personal enjoyment, Jimmy loved his Hondas and joined the New London Motorcycle Club. He was a proud member of the Patriot Guard.
On June 21, 1980 in Norwich, he married Jackie Levanto, who survives him. The couple made a beautiful life together. Together they shared many interests and traveled, and were recently making plans for the retirement life the two had so desired.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Dr. John Sullivan and his wife, Carol, of Ivoryton; as well as several beloved nieces and nephews, Riley Sullivan, Christopher McKeon, Cody McKeon, Sierra Levanto, Mia Levanto and Dean Levanto.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, in St. Matthias Church, Chesterfield Road, East Lyme.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts maybe directed to Special Olympics of Connecticut.
Condolences may be left on his memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Oct. 13, 2012