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Richard Paul Sullivan

February 3, 1925 February 7, 2019
Richard Paul Sullivan
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Marlborough/Gilbertville. Richard P. Sullivan died peacefully with his loving family by his side on Thursday, February 7th at New Horizons at Marlborough, four days after his 94th birthday. Born in Lawrence, MA in 1925 he was the fifth of Cornelius and Alice (Couture) Sullivan’s eight children, raised on Sullivan Avenue in Gilbertville. Though a world traveler he lived there for most of his life.
A WWII veteran and gifted linguist, Richard was a proud graduate of St. Michael’s college in Vermont. He taught English, French and Spanish for many years at Kiley Junior High School in Springfield. He took wonderful care of his beloved mother in her old age, and of his disabled brother Neil, living with them in Gilbertville during the school year and summering nearby in a lake cottage in West Brookfield with Neil and brother Donald. To their adoring family, even at advanced ages these three were simply “the boys”.
Richard combined down-home family loyalty with worldly sophistication. He first saw Europe as a college student, and years later showed his mom and brothers the beauty and wonder of France and Spain. He wintered in Mexico for many years and brought his brothers there too. He was a brilliant wit, an avid tennis player, reader and cook, and an expert solver of crossword puzzles. He loved jazz, opera, a spicy paella and a good martini. Richard will be deeply missed by his sister Patricia Dubay of Canterbury, NH, his many nieces and nephews, and best friend Alan Quimby. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Margaret and brothers John, Francis, Roger, Donald and Neil.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 11:30 am at Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home, 1475 N. Main St. Palmer. Visitation from 11:00 to 11:30 am will precede the service. Burial of the ashes of Richard, Donald and Neil will be in Gilbertville in the spring. For more information and to sign the online guest register please visit www.beersandstory.com


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Visitation

Wednesday

13

Feb

11:00 AM 2/13/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2/13/2019 11:30:00 AM
Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home

1475 North Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069

Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home
1475 North Main St. Palmer 01069 MA
United States

Celebration of Life Ceremony

Wednesday

13

Feb

11:30 AM 2/13/2019 11:30:00 AM
Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home

1475 North Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069

Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home
1475 North Main St. Palmer 01069 MA
United States
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