Obituary, Donald J. Sullivan

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Donald J. Sullivan, 92, formerly of Beverly Hills, Florida (FL), and a proud member of the Greatest Generation died on November 4th 2021 at Superior Residences, Lecanto, FL.

Don was born in the Bronx, New York (NY) on August 17, 1929 and spent his formative years in Brewster, NY. He graduated from Brewster High School in 1948 where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball.

Following his graduation, he voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged as an Electricians Mate Third Class (EM3) in 1952. He was also a lifelong member of the American Legion.

Don worked for many years at Green Haven Prison, a maximum-security facility, in Stormville, NY. When he relocated from Pawling, NY to Coral Springs, FL in 1971, he started a new career with Southern Bell Phone Company until he retired in 1995. Following his retirement, he and Ann, his wife of almost 49 years, lived in Spring Hill, FL until her passing in 2003.

Don was predeceased by his parents, John and Marguerite; his sister, Marion; his brother, John; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth; his wife, Ann; and by his second wife, Gertrude Cheresko, whom he married in 2012.

He is survived by his daughter, Margie Sullivan (Winter Park, FL); his son, Brian Sullivan (Fogelsville, PA); his granddaughter, Summer Sullivan (Santa Cruz, CA) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sully was a lifetime member of the Notre Dame subway alumni and was a longtime fan of the New York Giants, the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Boston Celtics. He loved his family and his Irish heritage.

Don was a lifelong Roman Catholic who had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, which he served consistently throughout his life.

The Sullivan family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to the caretakers, nurses and staff at Superior Residences, Lecanto, FL where Sully lived since August 2020. We are equally grateful for the skilled nursing care that he received from Life Care Center of Citrus County in September and October 2021. Sully received much appreciated hospice comfort care from Vitas Healthcare beginning on October 29th.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday November 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Francis Cabrini Roman Catholic Church located at 5030 Mariner Blvd. Spring Hill, FL 34609. Burial will be private with military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Arrangements entrusted to Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill, FL.

Author: Harlem Valley News