William J. Sullivan June 7, 2021

William Joseph Sullivan, Jr., 83, of Milton, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on June 7, 2021 following a brief illness.

Bill Sullivan is survived by Barbara Sullivan and their six children, including William and Susan Sullivan of Milton, Mark and Tricia Sullivan of Milton, Peter and Jennifer Sullivan of Newburyport, Stephen and Lauren Sullivan of Milton, Amy and Tom Ellis of Milton, and Kathryn and Michael Sutphin, of Milton. He will be missed by his twenty-one grandchildren, including Jacqueline, Seanna, Elizabeth, and Christina Sullivan, Hailee, Grace, and Christopher Sullivan, Olivia, Finnegan, Maeve, and Mairead Sullivan, Colin, John, and Daniel Sullivan, Brendan, Caitlin, and Bridget Ellis, Molly, Emma, Ryan, and Sara Sutphin. Although predeceased by his brother Jeffrey Sullivan, he is also lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Martha Sullivan and his siblings Robert and Jane Sullivan of Milton, Midge and Robert Durgin of Hingham, Margo and Kevin Delaney of Cambridge, and Sally and Frank Conahan of Milton. He is also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews.

Bill was the first born to Dr. and Mrs. William J. Sullivan, and he lived in Milton most of his life. He graduated from Boston College in 1960 and served in the US Air Force and the Massachusetts Air National Guard from 1960-1967. In 1974 he founded William J. Sullivan Insurance Agency on Central Avenue in Milton, where his four sons continue to work. Active in a variety of civic organizations, Bill was on the Town of Milton Warrant Committee, Insurance Committee, Rink Study Committee, and he devoted many years of service as President of the Board of Directors of Milton Residence for the Elderly (MRE). As a member of the Boston College Alumni Association, Bill was on the Alumni Board of Directors as Secretary, Treasurer, and Nominating Committee Member and received the Phillip J. Callen, Sr. Award for distinguished service to Boston College.

Bill loved the game of golf and was proud of his many accomplishments on the golf course. Over the years, he was a member of the Milton Hoosic Club, Wollaston Golf Club, Pocasset Golf Club and Palm Aire Country Club. He loved the fact that he, his father, and one of his sons all experienced a hole in one on the 5th hole at the Milton Hoosic Club. He also cherished the many friendships he gained from the game of golf.

A longtime friend of Bill W. and others who are committed to sobriety, Bill was devoted to the cause and generously gave his time to help others. He showed an unwavering dedication to recovery fellowship for most of his life.

The family expresses their gratitude for the care Bill received at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at the Newbridge Long Term Care Facility, especially during the challenging days of the pandemic.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Adams Street at Brook Road, Milton, Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 am. To view the live stream of the Mass,     https://vimeo.com/561052465 Relatives and friends invited. Burial will follow at Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be sent to Milton Residence for the Elderly (MRE), 600 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186 or The Every Child Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or bostonchildrens.org/givenow

Visiting Hours Omitted

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Saint Agatha Church
Adams Street at Brook Road
Milton, Massachusetts 02186

Saturday, June 12, 2021
11:30 AM
Milton Cemetery
Centre Street
Milton, Massachusetts 02186


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    Kenneth Melchin says

    Saying goodbye for now to a good friend, neighbor and one of the good guys. Many a Thursday, Friday and Sunday I had the pleasure to sit with Bill, we talked about the good old days on Wendell Park as well as many other topics. He will be sorely missed. My wife Jean had the pleasure of knowing Billy too and he would ask her, how did you end up with this guy! See you someday in a better place Mr. Sullivan. Billy, Mark, Stevie and Peter, I hope you know how much your dad was loved and how many people he helped in so many ways. He will be sorely missed.

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    Richard Fraher says

    My memories of your father go back to the mid 1960’s. He was young guy selling insurance door to door. As his career moved his business grew. Though I think his favorite accomplishment was watching the six of you grow intro successful people in your own right. May he rest in peace and may each of you cherish your own special memory of your dad.

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    Judy OHara says

    Sully was the best ! He always had his hand
    out to help anyone . We’ll miss you Sully on friday nites at the hopital . Your story helped alot of people !
    Enjoy the big meeting in the sky !
    Rest in Peace my friend.

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    Terence Conway. Quincy. says

    My condolences to the Sullivan Family on the passing of Bill. May he Rest in Peace.

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    Jim Reilly says

    My sincere condolences to the Sullivan Family.
    Bill and Jeff were lifetime friends from high school and college days and Sullivan Insurance has been my insurance partner for over 40 years ,with Bill senior my personal agent.Our friendship was also nurtured by an occasional round of golf.A great guy who will be sorely missed.Jim Reilly

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    the francis brothers says

    regrets to all of the Sullivan family,from Barbara and the whole clan.All of my brothers knew and liked Bill as a genuine guy.This is Mike and we all hope you get through these trying times with knowing that Bill was respected by all.Say hi to Barbara and all the boys and family for us.

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    Bob Winston says

    Bill was a great friend and classmate at Boston College. He worked very hard to advance BC and headed up many fund raising efforts.

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    Nancy (Donohue) Donovan says

    To Barbara and Martha:
    Sorry for your loss

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    David Bowen says

    As a classmate of the class of 1960 I wish my condolences to the Sullivan family. While I was not a close friend I remember Bill as he was a popular fellow at BC. May he rest in peace,

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    Ed & Pat O'Neill says

    Dear Sullivan Family: Pat & I were saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. I’ve known Bill for close to 70 years, Bill, Jeff and their pals Arthur and Dick and the rest of their crew were the guys we little kids looked up to, And we’ve had a business relationship with Bill for 47 years. Always smiling, always helpful. Just a great guy. He will be missed. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed & Pat O’Neill Middletown RI

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    Leo Shea says

    My sincere condolences to Bill’s family. He was an outstanding classmate and friend. I pray for his eternal reward and a eternal reunion with his living ancestors. I have remembered Bill at Mass today which is my 55 Anniversary of ordination at Maryknoll. May h Bill rest in peace. With admiration and gratitude, Father Leo Shea, Class of 1960.

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    deirdre merrill says

    My condolences to Bill’s family. What a kind and generous soul. Bill was a shining example of what it means to be kind, generous, and a good helper. He did it with a smile and good sense of humor. Rest In Peace 💕 Deirdre Riley Merrill

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    Jack Carolan says

    To all the Sullivan’s,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts today as you say goodbye to your wonderful Dad. Finding comfort in knowing that you were blessed with a very special father. Not everyone gets such a precious gift. Sending much love at a most difficult time.

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    Jaime Hoyle says

    I have many fond memories of Mr. Sullivan and the time I spent with him while roommates with Amy at Boston College. Always generous to include me as part of the family and always teasing me in a light- hearted way. I am sorry for the loss, and I will keep the entire family in my heart and in my prayers.

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    Honey Dotoli Vaughan says

    So happy to be a part of the service and reception for Billy Sullivan. It was a tribute to him and the Sullivan Family.

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    Bill and Alice MERCER says

    Dear Barbara and Family …. we were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful person and always ready to help. We, and our sons, were clients from the time Bill opened his practice in the Village and we all have many happy memories of going into the office. Our prayers and sympathy are with all of you at this sad time.


    Bill and Alice Mercer

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    Bill was a great BC classmate and a class leader. Always friendly with a great smile. We will miss him at our periodic gatherings. My sincere condolences to Barbara and their wonderful family.

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    Renehan Family says

    Our condolences and prayers to all of the Sullivan on Bill’s death. WE all will remember him as a good man, kind to all. Mary Renehan, Anne, Joan, Rich and Mark

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    Anonymous says

    Our condolences and prayers to all of the Sullivans on Bill’s death. WE all will remember him as a good man, kind to all. Mary Renehan, Anne, Joan, Rich and Mark

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In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be sent to Milton Residence for the Elderly (MRE), 600 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186 or The Every Child Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or bostonchildrens.org/givenow