Sullivan, Richard

October 22nd, 2009

sullivan-richardRichard F. Sullivan, age 80, of Wilmington, died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Wilmington Healthcare Center following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on May 21, 1929, in Somerville, MA, Richard was the son of the late Jeremiah J. & Mabel C. (Lynch) Sullivan. Richard grew up in Somerville and was educated there. He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII, serving in Maryland, Florida, and Pearl Harbor. He continued to serve the country during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in May of 1949.

Following his discharge, Richard took a job at the Boston Naval Shipyard where he started as an electrician and worked his way up to an engineer. He also worked at General Dynamics, Stone & Webster, and Metcalf Eddy for many years prior to retiring.

Richard married Dorothy A. Murphy over 50 years ago and they moved to Wilmington in 1960 to raise their family. sullivan-richard2Richard was a member of the American Legion in Somerville and the Irish American Club in Billerica. Richard will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a hard worker, devoted husband and father, a loving grandfather, a good friend, and a proud American. He will be greatly missed.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy A. (Murphy) Sullivan, he was the devoted father of Carol A. (Sullivan) Holden of Wilmington, Michael F. Sullivan & his wife Susan L. of Salem, NH, and Robert P. Sullivan of Lexington, loving grandfather of James W., Krystal L., & Courtney M. Holden, Michael P. Sullivan, and Kelsey T. & Meghan E. Sullivan, dear brother of Ann Mescall of Newton, MA, and the late John, Joseph, Paul, & Leo Sullivan, brother-in-law of William & the late Mary Murphy, Richard is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, October 25th from 4 – 8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Sullivan, Richard”

  1. Vickie Pesiridis says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your Family in this time of need. May he rest in peace.
    Vickie Pesiridis

  2. Duggan Family says:

    Dot and Family,
    We are truly saddened by your loss. Dick was a very kind and considerate neighbor who will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dick and your family.


  3. Gloria G. Sullivan says:

    Dottie and Family….My thoughts are with you at this time. I will miss Dick very much…he was a wonderful brother-in-law. I am sorry I am unable to make it to Wilmington for his funeral and will be thinking of you.
    With much love to you and your family,
    Gloria and Family

  4. Colleen (Sullivan) Mila says:

    Aunt Dot and family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Dick. I have such fond memories of visiting all the Sullivans in Boston over my childhood and young adult life. I was so fortunate to have known my uncle and think of him often. I will miss him. I will pray for your family and hope all your fond memories of Dick help you through this trying time.
    Much Love, Colleen, Mike, Shane & Colin Mila

  5. Kirsten Holahan says:

    To the sullivan family, I want to express my condolances for you all…. I am sorry i will not be able to attend to the procedings, but my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss~ To dot, may your husband find peace and no more suffering, im truly sorry for your beloved, and for Carol, Rob, and Michael, for the loss of you dad,I express my deepest sympathy… Know that he will always be the Angel, and the guide on your shoulders. Sincerely, your neighbor, Kirsten Holahan

  6. Carol & Ron LaFortune says:

    Carol, sorry to hear about your Dad, I know the last few weeks have been tough for you, but atleast he will be at peace now, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.. Ron & Carol (from the Mavericks..

  7. Neal Sullivan and Family says:

    Aunt Dot,

    I will always remember the personality of Uncle Dick and the dinners we shared together when I traveled to Boston for work. He has gone to be with his brothers and once again the Sullivan brothers are together again. Please accept our prayers and thoughts as we remember our Uncle over the years.

  8. Kevin Sullivan says:

    Aunt Dot, Carol, Michael, Robert and families,
    Our hearts go out to you on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. As we experienced the loss of our father, we understand a little bit of the grief you are experiencing now. As time goes by, may the grace of God give you comfort as you deal with this pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Kevin, Rahab, Joseph and Sarah Sullivan

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