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Declan Drumm Sullivan of Long Grove Visitation for Declan Drumm Sullivan, 20, will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove. Interment will be private. He was born May 26, 1990, in Chicago, and passed away Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in South Bend, Ind. He was a junior at the University of Notre Dame. He was a former student at St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove and Carmel High School in Mundelein. He was the son of Barry J. Sullivan and Alison J. Drumm; brother of Wyn and Mac; and grandson of Robert A. and Elizabeth C. Drumm and Evelyn L. Sullivan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund. For information, 847-540-8871 or www.ahlgrimffs.com.


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Published in Daily Herald from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2010.
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October 28, 2019
The memory and legacy continue to shine bright. Thoughts and prayers for Declan and his wonderful family and friends.
The Wynkoop Family
October 26, 2018
Keeping Declan and his family and friends in our hearts and prayers.

The Wynkoop Family
September 4, 2018
Just learned of Declan's story last night. How tragic a loss and the manner in which your family endured is all about love, so thank you for showing us this way. I am so sorry for the loss of Declan, your very special son, brother friend and more. What a beautiful spirit who now resides with you in your heart. I pray for you! My son is now a senior at Notre Dame, best thing that ever happened to him. God bless you all.
Deborah Sitzmann
September 2, 2018
I didn't know Declan but iam a prayer warrior so I want to pray for his family I pray that God surrounds his angels around declans family and that God gives them strength and comfort in Gods name we pray amen
Jonathan Pebley
April 27, 2018
Every year at this time, and so many other times throughout the year I think of Declan and am reminded that every day is a blessing and we need to appreciate every moment. Through all of the wonderful work that has been done on behalf of Declan, his spirit will never fade.
I am sure he will get a kick out of the 007 theme this year!
chris speranza
October 27, 2016
As always, in our thoughts and prayers.

Wynkoop Family
October 27, 2014
What a tribute to his life that he inspires such lasting works of kindness and everlasting love and devotion from those whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with Declan, his family and friends always, especially today.
Wynkoop Family
June 19, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Be sure the sun will bring a brighter tomorrow as did Declan to every day.
Theresa Stevens
April 5, 2014
To Declan's family,
I don't know all of you nor did I have the privilege of knowing Declan. I did have the pleasure of meeting Wyn in Kilkenny Ireland while she was on a day trip. I am Irish by birth,and my son peter was in Ireland for a semester from Notre Dame. Peter and I were attending my nephews wedding on the same day his friends from ND were in Kilkenny so we met. I was nervous to meet Wyn because of course I was aware of the tragedy that she had endured, however my son asked me to respect her privacy by avoiding the topic. I think he felt that it was her family's story and that she should have control of the circumstances surrounding the telling of it. I respected his wish although I can't tell you how many times I wanted to express my sorrow to her. Peter has been privileged to attend the benefit in Chicago to honor Declan's life as wyns guest, I know he is honored to share this deeply personal experience with her.I just wanted to take this opportunity to say what I wanted to say to your brave daughter on the streets of Kilkenny that day, I am so sorry that you had to part with Declan so soon and so suddenly,I am so sorry that Declan isn't physically present to share your life with you,I am so sorry that you have had to experience something that painful while you are still so young.
I am confident that you will be sustained by the love and the strength of your family, they are the best of people, they have weathered the worst with dignity and they have taught all of us the true meaning of love by sharing Declan's life with us.
Carmel Diamond
May 16, 2013
Fisher Funk 2009
I just delivered an "Inspiration/Motivational Speech" as my final exam for one of my classes. I spoke about Dec, his life, his death, and all of the inspiring things I've seen through his memorial fund and his family. It is particularly inspiring to see the many ways that Dec's spirit is still very much alive with everyone whose heart he has touched.

Although no one in the audience knew Declan, several audience members told me that his story has motivated them to live their lives to the fullest, not taking ANYTHING for granted.

I am so thankful to have had a friend like Declan and feel blessed that he is now my guardian angel.
Elizabeth Clark
April 28, 2013
Dear Sullivan family, I'd like to thank for starting this fund in memory of Declan. because I'm 1 of Declan's 40. Thi allowed me to be part of Horizons for you. I really appreciate all of you. And I give my love, Gratitude, and biggest wishes to you all.
Dejah Broaster
April 21, 2013
Looking forward to celebrating your life on Saturday. Coach taylor
March 11, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan,

I did not personally know your son Declan, but I have had the opportunity to read so many kind words written about him and how he lived his life. He clearly was an inspiration to others and I am sure you were proud of him. As a member of the Notre Dame family (alum '84) I feel your loss. Granted not to the extent that you do, but a loss none the less. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.
Tony Rodriguez
October 27, 2012
Dear Sullivan Family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers every single day... but especially today! A day does not go by that Declan is not missed as we continue to feel his beautiful spirit in so many ways. And tonight Declan, this BIG ND WIN was for YOU!

The Garcia Family
Marcus, Juan, and Kimberly
Fisher Hall - Class of 2012
October 26, 2012
To the Sullivan Family,

As Notre Dame students and Fighting Irish fans root for their football team vs Oklahoma on Saturday, October 27th, please know that many folks are not overlooking the significance of that date, nor are they forgetting Declan.

You are in the hearts and minds of many of us, hoping that you've found some peace in your lives.
Keith Greene
April 29, 2012
Fisher Funk, 2008
Hello Sullivan family,
I met some of you briefly last night at No Ordinary Evening and I just wanted to thank you so much for inviting Declan's friends to the event. I was abroad in the Fall semester of 2010, so I never got a chance to attend the various services for Declan at Notre Dame and in Chicago, so it was great to see his life celebrated last night through all of the work you have done with Horizons for Youth.

Last night, I sat with the group of Declan's friends from Notre Dame that have maintained close ties since freshman year. That first semester of college, all of my close girl friends from Badin had been invited to the Fisher Funk and I still remained sadly dateless. Fortunately for me, Declan set aside his prospects and asked me to go, so that I could be included in the fun--dressing up like idiots and bowling horrendously. That night, I got to see not only his ridiculous ensemble, but also his selflessness.

I loved hearing all of the funny Declan stories in a lighthearted atmosphere. We all keep reliving our memories with him, especially as we near graduation. It was great to see his spirit alive in all of the festivities last night. Also, the food was pretty much a college kid's dream come true! Thanks so much again for extending the invitation and I wish you the best with the charity work that you are doing to honor Declan.
Erin Hallagan
April 29, 2012
Notre Dame Friends
Hey Declan,

Mrs. Garcia here.... you know Marcus' mom, the one whom you played so many of your silly jokes on upon my visits to ND(like planting all those rubber items in Marcus' room to make sure his mom would see them while cleaning:-)). But Declan, my most precious moments with you were on that early October morning when you entered Marcus' room with only your boxers on, and your hair going every which way, and you were talking a hundred miles a minute about the previous night only to find out ten minutes into the conversation that Marcus was not there but only his mom was. I will never forget that silly talk we had - I think it was definitely a God thing as it was an opportunity for me to really get to know the Declan Drumm Sullivan that my son had come to know and love!

Tonight Declan, April 28th 2012 (No Ordinary Evening) is a special night to pay loving tribute to a young man who so many are richer for having known! I am one of those greatly blessed to have had the opportunity to know you through the friendships made at Notre Dame - Thank You Declan for getting to know The Garcia family! We will forever be connected to your loving spirit! We Miss You - any pray for your family every single day!

Kimberly Garcia
A Fisher Hall Class of 2012 Mom
April 3, 2012
To Declan's family: May the loving knowledge of the Lamb of God shelter you this day and always.
Harold, Jean and Jonathan Newton
March 30, 2012
Declan was a really great person. I only knew him for a semester before I transferred - but it was an honor to know him. I'm just now finding out that he passed away - I transferred from Notre Dame after my first semester of my freshman year, and didn't keep in contact with many people. I am so sorry. He won't be forgotten.
Rebecca Masten
November 4, 2011
I feel like I knew Declan-a beautiful child of God. He is in Heaven.God bless his family and loved ones. I am so very sorry for your pain.
Susan Regan
October 28, 2011
As a life long ND fan and supporter, I send my most sincere and prayerful thoughts to the Sullivan family. There are no words that can provide enough comfort for a loss such as this. I never knew Declan, but will always think of him and his family as representing all that is right in this world. Declan will have leave a legacy that will make a difference many years from now.

...... posting on ND message boards as Theskibro
Frank C Puglia
October 28, 2011
never forgotten
Truly a bright star who was loved and will be missed by many at the University of Notre Dame and beyond.
~Anthony Riso
Monterey, CA.
Anthony Riso Family
October 28, 2011
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
George Doby '74
October 27, 2011
We will never forget you Dec. Long live the memories in our hearts. Your light shines upon us daily.
Coach P
October 23, 2011
Miss you Dec.
Mary Goodwin
October 9, 2011
Have my the clover leaf decal on my hat that I have on every game...we are one big family and truly brought us closer together.
Charlie Kurtz
August 6, 2011
We haven't forgotten.

Best Wishes to the Sullivan Family.
Keith Greene
July 26, 2011
Jenny Haining
July 26, 2011
Hey Dec,
Just thinking about you tonight. I know we were never the closest of friends, but I had an amazing time with you during Street Scenes and any times in between. I love you, and my thoughts and prayers are ALWAYS with your closest friends and family. You were always smiling and making us laugh, and it was a privilege to sing with you sir. Be happy, you always were.
Jenny Haining
June 7, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers have been and continue to be with you and your family.
Rick (ND '78) and Cindy (SMC '79) Bis
May 14, 2011
... I was told about your story by a very smart, intelligent young man who seemed to be quite close to you. it was very touching and the tragedy happened to happen on my birthday.. every year I will keep you and your family in my heart. your in a good place.. :)
maddy cuckovich
April 23, 2011
Dear Alison, Barry and family,

This first beautiful day we've had in a long time has me thinking of Declan and your family. It's probably his wondrous spirit shining through the sun, just like all the happy pictures I've seen of him on these pages. Hope all the prayers and well wishes sent your way are helping ease your pain.

Love,
Terri & Mike Bordes and family
Terri Bordes
March 15, 2011
Dear Sullivan Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Someone once wrote, "Her absence is like the sky. It covers everything." I know your pain. Declan looked like a wonderful young man from his picture. I hope you find some peace. God bless you. I won't forget his wonderful smile.
Jean
March 9, 2011
Dear Sullivan family, On behalf of the entire Fitzgerald family We wish to express our deepest sympathy. Words can not heal your pain, but know that our prayers wish for that healing. God bless You now and forever.
Neal, Michael ,Greg,John,Jim,Charlie and Bill Fitzgerald
March 9, 2011
Dear Sullivan Family--
Our family sends our deepest condolences on your loss of Declan. Our son, Connor, is a junior at ND and our hearts truly went out to you when we heard the terrible news of this unimaginable tragedy. Please know that your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers and whenever we are out at Notre Dame, I will be lighting a candle in the Grotto for Declan, just as I always light one for Kevin Healey, one of Connor's Sorrin College brothers who died three years ago. Their memories will live on forever in the place they loved. Your in Notre Dame,
Erin Dolan
March 9, 2011
I have a 20 year old son at Notre Dame and my heart goes out to you. We've been praying for your family and will continue to do so.
Diane Sherlock
January 27, 2011
Alison, Barry, Wyn and Mac,
Judy and I and our families have contributed to Declan's Memorial Fund; what a wonderful way to keep his spirit alive. We all hope you find some measure of peace in the days ahead. I find myself praying for all of you at the oddest moments, and I hope the prayers and thoughts of all of us somehow reach you and offer you comfort. Love, Oscar and Ruby
Ruby Herrera
December 21, 2010
Barry & Alison, it is our privilege to contribute to Declan's Memorial Fund. Ruby and I felt this is the perfect way to honor Declan's life and his passions, and we hope you find some healing of your hearts in the process. We are so sorry you have suffered this terrible loss, and we extend our sympathy across the miles, for friendship knows no distance...we know we carry those we love in our hearts always. As God holds Declan in the palm of His hands, we hold your family in our prayers and hearts.
Mike & Judy Lichtenberger
December 4, 2010
I want to express my deepest sympathy to the Sullivan Family. My heart hangs heavily for the families loss. I coundn't imagine going through such a tragic loss. I sit here thinking of the family knowing that Declan is in heaven doing what he loves filming his family and writing his wondserful stories of his experience in heaven, knowing that one day he will be able to share it with his family. Once again I am so sorry for the Sullivan family loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kristin Moore
November 10, 2010
November 9, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I have never met Declan but his story of his likeability and friendly nature has touched my heart. I don't think I will ever forget this tragedy as it has weighed heavily on my heart. May God's peace be with you
Amber Page
November 9, 2010
Barry, Shirley joins me in deepest sympathy on the loss of Declan. Having experience a similar loss in the tragic death of our son-in-law, we identify with your pain and suffering. Please know that we will hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Wayne Bennett
November 9, 2010
To Declan's Family and Friends,

Our hearts ache for your unimaginable loss. We are honored to have had the privilege of meeting Declan when he and our son Chris became roommates at Notre Dame. His grin and easy friendliness provide us with warm memories as we join you in grieving his loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Wynkoop Family
(Chris Wynkoop, Fisher Hall, Class of 2011)
November 8, 2010
Dear Sullivan family, We are praying for your enduring strength and faith through each day ahead. We didn't know Declan personally, but knew what a wonderful young man he was through our good friends in Long Grove. You should be so proud of him, especially now as is he fulfills God's plan. His journey has just begun. Thank you for your inspiring courage and faithfulness.
Brenda and Brian Donovan
November 7, 2010
Our hearts go out to you, Barry, Alison and all the family. You and Declan are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Sherrol Shea and family, Downers Grove
November 5, 2010
My prayers to the family and prayers for Declan realizing he's in a better place. I know many members of the Benet Class of 75 praying for Alison and your entire family. Stay strong, gary bedore
gary bedore
November 5, 2010
Your family has been part of my prayers and thoughts since hearing about Declan. your faith, friends and family will be the great source of strength as you experience bereavement. I can tell you that God treats young people taken before their time special because they are Prophets. They leave such powerful messages because of the way they lived. My hope and prayer is that many young people will be inspired by the life Declan lived. The Pietrosante family. Nick nd'59 joe pietrosante nd ma'61
November 5, 2010
My prayers and thoughts go out to the Sullivan family for their traggic loss. I am deeply sorry and I hope that you find peace in your heart someday.
Patricia L.
November 4, 2010
Declan will always be remembered in Arizona
Rob Brakel
November 3, 2010
Barry and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Maureen Metzger
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