William H. Sullivan, 78, of North Fort Myers, previously of Franklin, Mass., died Monday, March 3, 2014. Born June 7, 1935, he was one of D. Lorraine (Johnson) and William H. Sullivan's five children and was raised in Charlestown, Mass.
He was a 1953 graduate of Cathedral High School and a 1957 graduate of Boston College. The day after BC's graduation, he married the love of his life, Micki, and they started their life together. As a captain, Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1961 and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., for officer's training and Fort Mead in Maryland where he was an award-winning marksman for the rifle team, traveling around the country to compete. He earned his master's degree from Boston College in 1967 becoming a Double Eagle.
He spent the majority of his career working at Honeywell Information Systems as a logistics manager in its mainframe computer operations. Throughout his life and into his retirement, he was passionate about his family, his faith, his alma mater, sports and family gatherings. He was active in the Franklin Chargers Football and Franklin's baseball programs. He will be remembered for his generosity, intelligence, passionate discussions and wonderful stories ranging from swimming at the Charlestown "Oil-ey," courting Micki, raising his family and his children's and grandchildren's adventures.
William H. Sullivan
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Micki (Porter) Sullivan; his children, Deborah Sullivan of Sarasota, Fla., William Sullivan of Bellingham, Wash., Cynthia Gerlick of Naples, Fla., Daniel and Olivia Sullivan of Grapevine, Texas, Paula and Todd Sandham of Franklin, Mass., Laura and Rick Bakosh of Oswego, Ill., and Kevin and Jillian Sullivan of Franklin, Mass.; 20 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Lindsay, Jack, Patrick, Finn, Ali, Victoria, Daniel and Sammy Sullivan, Julian Medel, Lauren, Ana and Liz Driggs, Will, Ricky, John and Clay Bakosh, Kevin, Meg and Brian Sandham; and his siblings, Patricia (James) Manning, Anne Cahill, John (Linda) Sullivan, Mary Jane (Patrick) Conroy.
A memorial was held at the Del Tura Clubhouse, Starlight Room, Wednesday, March 5.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America: www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html.
Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.