Joseph M. Sullivan
1920 - 2020
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HIGHLAND- Major Joseph M. Sullivan, USAF Retired, formerly of Esopus Creek Rd., Saugerties, died on Dec. 1, 2020 at his residence. He was born on March 6, 1920 in Scranton, Pa., the son of the late Thomas and Margaret Lance Sullivan. Joe graduated from Scranton Technical High School, enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard as a private in 1937 and entered active duty in 1941. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being selected for flight training in 1942. In 1943 he was commissioned as a 2 nd Lt. in the Army Air Force and designated an army air force aviator. In 1944 he married the love of his life, Helen Imparato, with a love that lasted 74 years. During World War II he was a pilot instructor in B-24 and B-29 aircraft and participated in the Berlin Air Lift as a C54 pilot completing 152 missions after the war. A command pilot with 7000 hours, he was proficient in many aircraft, retiring from the Air Force in 1964 with 27 years of service. He was awarded the Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) with the Berlin Airlift Device, and several others. After his retirement, he and Helen moved back to Saugerties for another 45 years where he was employed by IBM in Kingston, N.Y., and Raleigh, N.C., retiring in 1982. He was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus in Saugerties. Joe loved golf, fishing, and tinkering with his computer and most of all, entertaining his granddaughters. In 2008, Helen and Joe moved to Highland where they made many great friends. He is survived by his son, Joseph Sullivan, Jr., and wife, Marilyn; three granddaughters, Julie Caruana and husband Patrick of La Plata, Md., Erin VanCise and her husband Cody of Dayton, Ohio, and Kelly Sullivan of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; two great-granddaughters, Eleanor Caruana and Zephyr VanCise; and several nieces and nephews. His wife, Helen; brother, Thomas; and sisters, Mary, Marguerite, and Anne, predeceased him. His Funeral Procession will form 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Sts., Saugerties. Procession will continue to the St. Mary of the Snow Church for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in the St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery, with full military honors by Saugerties American Legion Post #72. His visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Further obituary information and condolences may be shared at SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com. http://www.lastingmemories.com/jospeh-m-sullivan

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Published in the Daily Freeman from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2020.
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