John E. Sullivan Jr.
John "Jack" Sullivan Jr. of New London passed away on
November 25, 2010. Jack was born on November 22, 1930 in
New London to his parents, John and Agnes Sullivan. He
attended Harbor School, St. Joseph's School, and graduated in
1949 from New London's Bulkeley High School. After
graduation from High School, Jack joined the U.S. Navy. He
served on aircraft carriers as part of Fighter Squadron # 72. He
was first on the USS Bon Homme Richard taking part in the
Korean War; and later the USS Bennington in the Atlantic, and
Mediterranean Sea. While on the Bennington he went to the
Vatican where he met Pope Pius XII. Jack was a life member of
V.F.W. Post # 189, where he was often found in the kitchen
during events, He was also a member of American Legion Post
# 9, and the Retired Armed Forces Association of New London.
Jack started working for his uncle at R.J. Sullivan Construction
at an early age, serving as the company foreman for many years.
Jack was a hard worker, who put in whatever time was
necessary to complete the job. He was proud of many local
projects he worked on, and supervised. Some of Jack's projects
included St. Agnes Church in Niantic, St. Mary's convent in
New London, Stop & Shop in Old Saybrook, Tracor in New
London, and many of the region's post offices and schools. He
was especially proud of the renovations to the front of his own
St. Joseph's Church in the mid 1980's. Jack was a life member
of Carpenter's Union, Local #24.
Jack Sullivan was a lover of family, friends and Budwiser. He
could be counted on to help a friend, or even a stranger in need.
It didn't matter if it was a ride to the airport or doctor's office,
digging a trench for a utility hook up, or even moving a boat
under the cover of darkness.
Jack Sullivan married Janet Bilodeau on April 15, 1961 in
Nasonville, Rhode Island. They made their horne in New
London. Jack and Jan were generous, supporting many
charities. Jack was often found working in New London's Soup
Kitchen. The Sullivans purchased computers for St. Joseph's
School, and even financed the building of a horne in Haiti as
part of the Diocese of Norwich's mission there. Janet passed
away on August 22, 1997.
Jack is survived by his two daughters, Eileen Scalia of
Waterford and Nancy Edwards of New London. Grandpa Jack
will also be missed by his four grandchildren, Joseph and Katie
Scalia and Danielle and Jason Edwards. Besides his wife, Jack
is preceded by his parents and his sister Shelia Sullivan Boyd.
Jack's family would like to thank Beechwood Rehabilitation
and Nursing Center of New London for the wonderful care he
received while there.