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Jerry Sullivan

August 21, 1924
- December 1, 2014

Jerry Sullivan, a devoted husband and father, great friend to many, and a WWII hero, passed away at his home in Torrance on December 1st at the age of 90 after a brief illness.
Gerald Thomas Sullivan was born in Detroit, Michigan and at an early age learned the value of hard work and dedication. His family moved to California and Jerry attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he excelled on the track team specializing in the pole vault. In 1942, at the age of 18, he was drafted into the 148th Infantry Regiment and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater where he was designated squadron leader. He was decorated with a Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
After returning from the war in 1946, Jerry met and married Patricia Barker in 1948. The union produced 9 children and 6 grandchildren. Jerry attended technical school for mechanical engineering and was a welder for the City of Los Angeles at the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant in El Segundo for 38 years. He also was a self-taught house painter and ran his own successful business for 30 years.
Jerry and Pat were active and dedicated members of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Redondo Beach for more than 50 years. Jerry was proud of his position as senior lector and of his volunteer work with the senior citizens program. He was the only member of the parish entrusted to make coffee for all church functions.
Jerry was an avid bowler, horseshoe pitcher, and lifelong fisherman. After retirement in 1984, he followed a lifelong dream and built a family log cabin in Lake Isabella where many happy family memories were created. After Pat passed away in 2002, Jerry and his son Michael, became fishing buddies, trolling in their small aluminum boat out of King Harbor in Redondo Beach.
A 54 year resident of North Torrance, Jerry was a fixture in his neighborhood. He was a friend to many and was known for his helpfulness, kindness and sense of humor. Jerry had a way of making people feel important and comfortable. The twinkle in his baby blue eyes and his unrelenting good will and humor will never be forgotten. When asked about his legacy, Jerry said he wanted to be remembered as a good husband, father and friend who was loyal, dedicated, hard-working, and above all, determined to leave all laughing.
Jerry is survived by all 9 children, their spouses, and 6 grandchildren: John and Kim and grandchild Shane, Kathy, and Donnie and grandchild Jamie, Danny and Veronica, Teresa and Tim and grandchild Jesse, Jimmy, Molly and grandchild Shaely, Elizabeth, Michael, and Stephen and Marianne and grandchildren Andra and Keira. Jerry is also survived by his sister Dolores and brother Edward. He also left his beloved dog Lilly behind.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 9, 2014
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