Patrick J. Sullivan, age 82, Retired Wellesley Police Officer, and formerly Spring Hill, FL passed away on April 27, 2012 after a brave fight against pancreatic cancer. Mr. Sullivan leaves behind his much beloved wife of 56 years, Margaret (Peggy) Sullivan, five children and 10 grandchildren. Mr. Sullivan was stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Chicago, IL during the Korean Conflict. In 1955, he became a patrolman on the Wellesley Police Department, serving the town with distinction. Mr. Sullivan was awarded a commendation on August 1, 1967 for going above and beyond the call of duty as a police officer in the apprehension of armed robbers. He retired in 1986 and continued on for several more years doing detail work around town. He was a familiar face during his many years on the Wellesley Police Department as he patrolled the shops and neighborhoods of Wellesley. He was also the owner of the former Wellesley Hills Taxi Company. Mr. Sullivan was one of 16 children of Jeremiah and Catherine Sullivan of Newton (formerly of Ireland) and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Newton Centre. In 1955 he married Margaret Mary Fleming of Mt. Bellew, Co. Galway, Ireland and together raised their family of 5 children in Wellesley, MA. He is survived by his son Patrick J. Sullivan Jr., wife Cindy of Belmont, NH and their children, Katheryn Rose, Sean, and Danny; daughter Rosemary Sullivan Hills, husband Richard of Holliston, MA and their children Sarah and Christopher; Gerard Sullivan, of Natick, MA and his children Gerard and Kerry; Kevin Sullivan of Natick, MA; Brian Sullivan, wife Gina and their children, Brandon, Collin, and Robert. Mr. Sullivan is predeceased by his parents and 13 siblings. He leaves one brother, Thomas Sullivan of Wellesley and one sister Theresa D'Attilio of Framingham, along with many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Visiting hours will take place at the Henry J. Burke Funeral Home at 56 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA on Thursday, May 3rd from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Mass to be held on Friday, May 4th at 11:00 am., St. Paul Church, Wellesley, MA. Family and friends kindly invited. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham, MA. Donations in Patrick's memory may be made to the
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Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2012