John Sullivan

Obituary of John Dennis Sullivan

John Dennis Sullivan went to be with our Lord on October 12, 2021.  He was born on June 6, 1935, raised in New York City, attended Mother of the Savior Seminary High School, and graduated in 1953.  He attended Fordham University and married the love of his life, Barbara.  John went on to graduate with honors and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1957.  His military career took him and his family to Fort Riley, KS and Fort Bragg, NC during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Berlin Crisis.  He remained in the U.S. Army Reserve for 31 years and taught in several military schools throughout the United States.  He retired from service as a full Colonel in 1988 as Commandant of the 1163rd USAR School and Muller USAR Center, Bronx, N.Y.  He returned to civilian life as a high school teacher in the Bronx and Long Island, N.Y. and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School, Houston, TX for a total of 30 years.  John taught youngsters the joy of learning under the most trying circumstances of the inner city.  He heard a calling and then was ordained as a permanent deacon by Cardinal Cooke on May 31, 1981 and served in the diocese of Fall River, MA and Houston, TX.  It was John’s spiritual strength that helped navigate the family through the tragic loss of his son, Michael in 2003.  Upon retirement to The Villages, 21 years ago, Deacon John served at St. Timothy Parish in various ministries including Baptisms, Bereavement Ministry, Respect Life Ministry, Hospital Chaplin, and graveside services.  John had a rare gift for making everyone feel like they are the most important person in the room!


He is survived by his son Steven (Maureen) Sullivan, The Villages, FL; grandchildren Matthew, Andrew, Sean, Eleni, and Sam; and daughter in law Donna Sullivan, Newtown Square, PA. 


Visitation will be at HIERS-BAXLEY Funeral & Cremation Life Event Center, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages Tuesday, October 19th  2:00 – 4:00 PM.  John’s funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM, St. Timothy Church, The Villages, Florida.  US Army military honors will be rendered at St. Peter and St. Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA on Friday, October 22, 2021.  The family recommends memorials may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1351 Paige PL, Lady Lake, FL 32159.  Sentiments may be left online at


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2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Hiers-Baxley Funeral & Cremation - Life Event Center
3975 Wedgewood Lane
The Villages, Florida, United States


11:00 am - 11:59 am
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
St. Timothy Catholic Church
1351 Paige Place
Lady Lake, Florida, United States


St. Peter & St. Paul Cemetery
1600 South Sproul Road
Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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