George C. Sullivan, Jr., age 93, of Wilmington, died Friday, March 18, 2016 at his residence, the Monarch Assisted Living Community in Woburn. He was the husband of the late Alyce Field Sullivan of Wilmington, to whom he was married for 34 years, and in his first marriage, to the late Bernice T. Thomas Sullivan, to whom he was married for 22 years.
Born October 11th, 1922, in Brighton, MA, the son of George and Ellen Sullivan, he lived in Boston, Milton, North Falmouth, and Wilmington. A graduate of Saint Columbkille High School in Brighton, and Boston College, where he earned a business degree, he served his country in the United States Army Air Corps as a lieutenant and flight instructor during World War II.
George worked professionally for many years as a salesman and account executive at Standard Register in Boston and Fiber Optics Industries in Florida. In his retirement, he operated a successful tax accounting business from home.
George loved spending time, tinkering, and taking long walks at his summer home in North Falmouth with his children and grandchildren. A philosopher, amateur historian, and stamp collector, he was an inveterate reader with a library of over 4,000 books, and was endlessly curious about history. With a profound knowledge of virtually any subject, he used to joke that he possessed “only a smattering of ignorance.” He was also justifiably famous for his Friday “date nights” at both the Silver Lounge in North Falmouth and Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading.
George is survived by four children: Bronia M. Sullivan and her husband, Carl Zukroff of Boston; M. Susan Sullivan of Newmarket, NH; Robert Sullivan and his wife, Meriem Pages of Northfield, MA; and Nancy Peterlin and her husband Philip Peterlin of Wells, ME; four grandchildren, Stephanie Sullivan of Weatogue, CT and her husband, Alex MacDonald, Nicholas Sullivan of Amherst, MA, Hannah Peterlin of Florence, Italy, and George H. Sullivan of Northfield, MA; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn MacDonald of Weatogue; a brother-in-law, Kevin Field and his wife Gayle of Northboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 24th for Visiting Hours from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to the charity of your choice.