Joseph J. Sullivan III

February 19th, 2017

Joseph J. Sullivan III, “Joe”, age 58, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville and Saugus, died unexpectedly on February 18, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. 

Joe was born on May 20, 1958, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph J. Jr. and Lorraine (Lowry) Sullivan.  Joe was raised and educated in Somerville and Swampscott and he graduated from Malden Catholic High School with the Class of 1976.  Joe went on to further his education at Boston State College and Northeastern University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology in 1980.

Joe worked as a Medical Tech for several years before taking a position with the U. S. Post Office.  Joe started his career as a letter carrier in New Hampshire before transferring to Saugus, MA where he worked for over 30 years.  Joe was a hard worker and very dependable; no matter the weather conditions you could always count on Joe to do his job. 

Joe was a wonderful family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife and kids whether it was at home in Wilmington or his retirement home in South Carolina; the family always had a great time when they were together.  Joe also enjoyed his trips to Twin Rivers, his various adventures to “Beer Fest” with his daughter Kristen, his many trips to the beach to soak up the sun, and his daily phone calls from his daughter Ashleigh at college which he was overwhelmingly proud of.  Joe looked forward to the family game night at his home where the competition was high and the laughs were plenty.  Joe just loved to be with his family and friends.

Joe enjoyed music; he had an eclectic mix of old and new tunes but his all time favorite artist was Linda Ronstadt.

Joe will be fondly remembered as an “all around great guy”; he was fun loving, easy going, and kind hearted.  Joe was good to everyone especially his family and friends and he would go out of his way to help anyone in need.  Joe was “one of a kind” and he will forever be in the hearts of those he loved.

Joe was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Gallagher) Sullivan, devoted father of Kristen Sullivan of Chelsea, Adam Sullivan of Revere and Ashleigh Sullivan of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Joseph J. Jr. and Lorraine (Lowry) Sullivan, dear brother of the late Robert and Lori Ellen Sullivan. Son-in-law of James & Sylvia Gallagher of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Rose Sullivan of Maine, James & Mary Gallagher of Wilmington and Paul & Maritza Gallagher of New York.  Joe is also survived by his former wife Deborah Sullivan of Cambridge as well as a large, loving extended family and friends.  Joe was also very fond of his beloved dog Molly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA  01844.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph J. Sullivan III”

  1. Lovati Family says:

    Joe was a wonderful and kind man. All those days he spent with our mother having coffee with her meant the world to her. She was handicapped and Joe would bring her mail to her and have a cup of coffee. She looked forward to that everyday. My black lab Talon still looks for Joe everyday he hears the mail truck stop at the house to deliver the mail. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Cheryl McLeod says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter during this sad time.
    Love Always
    Cheryl & Lauryn

  3. Donna Maggiore says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I got to know Joe through the years delivering my mail, he was such a wonderful man. He always had a huge smile on his face and was always willing to go the extra mile for you. He will be missed dearly, my thoughts and prayers are with of you.

  4. Jan & Paul Sweeney says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Gone too young! Jan Sweeney, Susan Marks sister .

  5. Carole Tessicini says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Carole and Fran

  6. Jemima sanon says:

    My deepest condolences to the Sullivan family. May his soul Rest In Peace. From reading his obituary, it seems he was such a delightful soul and is love by many. Again I’m sorry for your loss.

    Jemima & Ricardo

  7. Patty Lundy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew Joe for a short amount of time but it didn’t take long for me to realize how loved he was, and how much love he gave. He adored his children, his wife, and his family and with no effort made me feel like family. He will be missed and always loved! My heart breaks for his children and I hope in time they can find some healing.
    Love, Patty


  8. Sandra Nunez says:

    Pat, you may have lost your soulmate but god gained an angel who will be watching over you and your loved ones. just remember that those we love never go away, they walk beside us everyday…. unseen, unheard, but always near, forever loved,and forever missed.
    He will always be with you….

    So sorry for your loss,

    Sandra Nunez

  9. Alison Rothwell says:

    I can NOT say that I really “knew” Joe but, I can say that I loved the back-and-forth jokes, comments etc. on Facebook between him, Kristen, Deb, Darlene and Jurina.

    When I did briefly see Joe at an event or in a picture he always had the biggest smile on his face. I know this is a tremendous loss.

    I am truly sorry and my heart goes out to all of Joe’s family especially Pat, Ashleigh, Kristen, Deb and Adam.

    To all who loved Joe your are in my thoughts.

  10. Sean Dwyer says:

    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a friendly face in a job that sometimes isn’t. Every time I got to talk with him he put a smile on my face. When I first met him he made me feel like I had known him my whole life. He will be missed and from all of us at the post office very sorry.

  11. Jean Reardon says:

    Just wanted to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. I worked with Joe at the Swampscott Post Office. He always had a smile on his face and a great attitude. He also delivered to my cousin’s home and they missed him so much when choose to go to the Saugus Post Office. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Lyn Mason says:

    Joe was my mailman for 30 years. I still remember him as a child delivering mail and when I got married and moved he continued to deliver my mail. There was truly no one like him. I will always remember him smiling and the two of us laughing at all the packages I would have delivered week to week. My girls also loved his company as well when he would pull up to the house. Will never forget when he won the two baskets at our school fair and he kindly let my girls pick something from the Frozen basket. He truly has been missed on the route the past year or so and will forever be missed. I am so very sorry.

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