Lt. Col. John J Sullivan, 77, Air Force Retired
Marstons Mills - John J. Sullivan, 77, of Marstons Mills passed away on Sept. 4, 2018. He was born on November 29, 1940 in Manhattan, NY.
Son of the late John Sullivan and Alice (Devlin) Sullivan, he was for 28 years the beloved husband and eternal soulmate of Joyce Sullivan. He is also survived by his cherished daughters and sons-in-law Melissa Caughey and Peter Crosson of West Barnstable, MA, Heather and Larry Mitchell of Torrance, CA, and Meredith and Ryan Kennedy of Buckley, WA. John also enjoyed the love of his grandchildren, Jacob, Madeline, Colten, Ella, Cade and Levi.
John attended Cardinal Hayes High School where he was discovered as a track star in his senior year. He became a record-setting high hurdler and was named All-City Athlete of the Year. John continued on to Iona College on a full track athletic scholarship, where many of his records still stand. He graduated with a BA. He received his Masters Degree from George Washington University in Criminology. He also attended Hofstra University and St. John’s School of Law.
John joined the Air Force after completing Officer Training School and entered as a 2nd Lt. and spent 23 years in the OSI, as a Counterintelligence Officer. While enlisted he attended Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, USAF Special Investigation School and Secret Service School. He served at many bases across the globe including Okinawa. He held command positions on base across the United States and England. He is a Vietnam Veteran. John achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel with a distinguished career accompanied with awards and decorations.
John loved God, his country, and his family, and will be deeply missed.
Visiting Hours will be 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA followed by a 2:15 p.m. Military Ceremony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.