Thomas Sullivan died peacefully on June 12, 2021 at the Carney Hospital in Boston following a brief illness.
Tom was raised and educated in S. Boston near Andrew Square. He joined the Army after Pearl Harbor and served in the European Theatre for two years in England, Belgium, France, and Germany. Upon returning to Boston he attended Boston University graduating at the top of his class with a BA and Teaching Certificate. He taught History and Government at Everett High School for several years.
His interest in politics and in Boston in particular led to a position as a Visiting Associate, teaching at Harvard-MIT Center for Urban Studies.
Later he ran for and became a Boston City Councilor and was described by the Christian Science Monitor as “most effective and conscientious."
Tom was the state vice chairman of the American Veterans Committee and a Consultant for the Massachusetts Labor Committee for Human Rights, AFL-CIO and Legislative Agent and Counsel at the Boston State House.
He then went on to become the Assistant Director of the United South End Settlements in Boston. For 20 years Tom was Executive Director of the PHCC Mechanical Contractors in Boston and traveled with them to San Diego, Hawaii, Acapulco, Florida, and Chicago.
In the morning Tom loved to read the Boston Globe and he enjoyed the sea stories of Patrick O’Brien among many other literary interests. He also looked forward to time spent in Ogunquit, ME and Falmouth on Cape Cod. His wife Sandra Suich describes him as a kind and special person, who helped many people over the years, possessed a great sense of humor and was admired and well-liked by all who knew him. Tom's special talents were his writing skill which was strong and clear and his eloquent public speaking ability. He was wonderful company to his wife Sandra during their long life together. Tom was a true Bostonian and worked most of his life for the benefit of that greater community.
In addition to his wife Sandra Suich, he is survived by his three sons Gene Sullivan and his wife Amanda of Kingston, MA,Thomas A. Sullivan Jr. of Tucson, AZ, and John Sullivan of Naples, FL. He was the brother of the late Edmund, Walter, Frank, Robert, John, and William Sullivan and Anna King and Mary Bluemling. He is also survived by five grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Friday morning June 18th at 11:00 am. Those who wish to speak on Tom's behalf are invited to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169.
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