Sullivan, Daniel

June 16th, 2011

Daniel Joseph Sullivan, “Dann”, age 59 of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Thursday, June 16, 2011, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dann came into this world on Mothers Day Weekend in 1952, he was born in Lowell on May 9, 1952, and was the cherished son of Alice F. (Rooney) and the late Andrew F. Sullivan of Wilmington. Dann grew up in Wilmington, he was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1970, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree at North Adams State College in 1974, and his Masters Degree at Leslie College.

Dann was a hard worker and very accomplished, at the time of his death, he was employed as the Project Facilities Manager at Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, MA. Dann loved his job at Textron and the people he worked with, they were his extended family. He belonged to a group of co-workers that were dedicated and diligent in their efforts to raise money for in curing cancer, they participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk for many years. Dann’s last Jimmy Fund walk was last September, six weeks after surgery, he walked the last two miles because he strongly believed in their cause.

Dann was also very athletic, he was a great organizer and enjoyed all the softball games with the guys at the Textron Field. His softball team to him was like having another group of brothers and their relationships lasted far beyond the field.

Dann was the second oldest of ten siblings, he grew up in a large Irish Catholic Family, where he learned sharing, patience, caring, thoughtfulness, never getting too full of yourself, helping others, and most of all Love. That is what family is about and that was what Dann was about. Dann was a dedicated and loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and a true friend. He was always interested in what was going on with his family and friends, he took the time to listen and made the time to help out. Dann loved the family celebrations and holidays, he was always there to help organize and chip in, he was very proud of everyone’s accomplishments. Dann’s family always made him smile.

Dann was also very Patriotic and would jump at the chance to help out with any project to do with the Veterans. He had the utmost respect for our men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces and the ones that had served before them, they were his heroes. Dann was involved with the Veterans Project last year replacing the monuments in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, he was there the day the new monuments were delivered and you could just see the pride written all over his face because he could help in some way. He was also a volunteer at Local Heroes.

In his spare time, Dann enjoyed traveling, Salisbury beach, cutting wood, and deep sea fishing. He loved to go to his children’s school and sporting events, coaching many teams and volunteering at school events, his dedication to his children was unwavering. Dann was a wonderful and loving husband, he and his wife Lorraine were there to support each other unconditionally, even in the face of adversity, they truly had a special bond.

Dann will be fondly remembered as a man who made a huge impression on the people he knew intimately or a stranger he just met, he was compassionate, thoughtful, and caring. He gave of himself time and time again, never expecting anything in return, always making things easier on those he cared about. Dann loved people and will be missed more than words can say.

Dann was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Joubert), devoted father of Lisa M. Sullivan of Tewksbury, Colin J. Sullivan & his wife Shannon of Billerica, and Loren D. Sullivan of Tewksbury, loving “Grandpa” of Aria Sullivan, dear brother of Andrew Sullivan & his wife Susan of Newton, NH, Steven Sullivan & his wife Judy, Dennis Sullivan & his wife Donna, Kathleen Campbell & her late husband Leo, Mary Ann Sullivan, Margaret McKenna, Maureen Parsons & her husband Wayne, Alice Batchelder, and Gerald Sullivan & his wife Nancy all of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Christina Robinson, Pastor Joubert & his wife Gina, Carmen Joubert, Antonia Ramos, Manuel Joubert all of Lowell, and Juliet (Joubert) Sylvia & her husband Dave of Peabody, Joaquin Melendez of Floriday, Lena Melendez of Puerto Rico and Marguerita Santiago of Holyoke, MA. Dann was also a wonderful uncle to countless nieces and nephews and a true friend to many, he is further survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends gathered for a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, June 21st, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church. Interment followed in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Donations in Dann’s name may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Tom Tam Medical Associates, 85 Essex St., Haverhill, MA 01832. Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.


71 Entries in Guest Book for “Sullivan, Daniel”

  1. Karlynn and Rick Pisano says:

    Lorraine and Family,

    Upon reading everyone else’s entries here, I can see that everything I felt about Dann is echoed many times over! He was a bright light both at work and outside of work, always taking the time to say hi, and stop for a chat. He will live on in his children, and in our memories.

  2. Marilyn Nolan says:

    Lorraine and Family,

    Dann is the nicest, kindest and most wonderful person I have ever had the opportunity to know. He leaves many fond memories with us to remember him. He will be missed but is watching over us from above

    Marilyn Nolan

  3. Lou Morrissette says:

    So very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was a good friend for my many years at Textron. I will always remember his willingness to share a good joke . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lou Morrissette

  4. Stephen Wilson says:

    Dan was one of the best people I have ever had a chance to meet and known, caring with a smile and always had a joke. Dan always went the extra mile for everyone.
    God Bless

  5. Mark Venuti says:

    To Lorraine, Loren & Sullivan Family, we are so heartbroken to see that Dann has passed, I will remember him from Wilmington and from Textron and Kathy and Ray’s 4th party we are so sorry, and we both will miss his smile, generosity and kindness.
    Mark and Shelby Venuti

  6. Deb McKinley says:

    There are just not enough words to say how much Dan meant to all of us… He will always be in our hearts.

  7. Sandy Bernstein says:

    Lorraine and family: Joel and I were sorry to hear of Dann’s passing. What a great guy. I know he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  8. Doug Blake says:

    To Dann’s family and friends my deepest sympathy’s.

    I knew Dann from Textron and he was truly one of the finest and most sincere people I have ever met. Everyone at Clean World was saddened to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Maryann Gigliotti Little says:

    On the behalf of the Gigliotti Family we are sadden to hear about “Danny” as we new him. We had many laughable memories while visiting the the Sullivan home throughout our high school years. Our thoughts are with you all. Love, Chuck, Maryann and Florence

  10. Steve McGlinchey says:

    Lisa and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss… You will be in my thoughts during this difficult time… He’s in a better place now…

  11. Sharon Cloutier says:

    Lorraine, Loren, and Sullivan Family,

    My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I will always remember Dann’s wonderful smile and willingness to help, no matter what my problem was at work. He truly was a friend I could always count on. Thank you, Dann!!!

    Sharon Cloutier

  12. Charles Sheehan says:

    Lorraine and Family

    I’m sorry to hear about your lose.

    During my time at Textron, I had the pleasure of knowing and meeting Dann, he was an outstanding gentleman.

    My thoughts are with you.


  13. Renata pARATORE says:

    I am so very sorry about Daniel. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I am here if you need anything at all. Love, Renata

  14. Susan Copp-Bartrum says:

    Dear Lorraine, Loren, Colin, Lisa and the entire Sullivan Family,

    On behalf of myself and my family, I wanted you all to know not only was Dann a man that projected a huge presents when he walked into a room but for those who knew him his hugeness made way straight to their hearts. This angle will keep things in order with his new life as he did with his time here. As I write this thru my tears I am also thanking God for letting Dann be part of my life. Dann you will be forever missed but never ever forgotten. Love You

    Susan (Copp) Bartrum and Family

  15. kmaraio says:

    Lorraine and Family

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss.Please accept my deepest sympathies
    I always remember him saying Hi in the halls,and always giving a helping hand.Dann you will be missed but never forgotten.

    Karen maraio

  16. Diane Sampson DGP-Miles Ins says:

    Lorraine and Family

    My deepest sympathy. Words cannot express how Dann touched my heart and many others. He was such a kind and generous man always had a smile on his face and right in front of the line when asked to help with anything. I just new him for a short time but it seems like forever. You and your family are in my prayers. Dann will be greatly missed.

    Diane Sampson

  17. Will & Shirley Whalen says:

    Thirty-forty years ago, “Fun on the Fourth” in Wilmington
    pitted families against each other in fun events. In order to
    fill our family, Dann graciously consented to being mamber.
    Our family will miss him also.

  18. Michele Barber says:

    My deepest condolences to Lorraine and all of Dann’s family.

    I want you to know that it was a great privilege to care for him during the final months of his life. A very special guy who always had a smile and a kind word, no matter how he was feeling that day, for those around him. What a blessing he was to this world.

    With warm Regards,
    Michele Barber

  19. Karrie & Dominick DelGavio says:

    Lorraine, Loren & Family,
    What a beautiful service today! Words can’t express how much he will be missed! He truly was the best father, friend, husband, man in this world and he will be watching over all of us with that positive glowing smile. He is that special friend that nobody on earth could fill his shoes. Dann will be a one of a kind angel in heaven! May he now rest in peace. All our love Karrie & Dominick

  20. RoseMarie Golisano says:

    Just heard of Dan’s passing at the wilmington senior center..My Deepest Sympathy to all his family…I’ve known most of the Sullivan Family, but unfortnately didn’t know Dan..was so shocked to hear that he is gone…since he was a Sullivan and reading such heartfelt comments on what a wonderful father, son, and friend he was will surely be missed by all…My prayers are with Dan and all of his family..May ‘He Rest in Peace’. With our very deepest sympathies, The Golisano Family.

  21. Larz Neilson says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing Dann through his work on the rededication of the John Rich Memorial at the Textron tennis courts. I was thoroughly impressed with his work and found him to be a dedicated, compassionate man who cared deeply for his community and his country. I’m so sorry that he’s gone.

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