SOUTHPORT — John Joseph Sullivan, 85, peacefully passed away in his sleep Tuesday, April 20, 2021. John was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Manhattan, New York, son of the late Cornelius and Marian Holloway Sullivan.
After graduating from Xavier High School in New York City, John attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1957. Later, he received a master’s degree at Princeton University and worked for United Aircraft Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut. In the early 1970s, John switched to a business career with the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York, where he retired in 1997.
John and his wife Dianne moved in 1998 to Southport, where they built their retirement home and enjoyed golf and the beach for many wonderful years with friends and family. John was deeply involved in the St. James community’s long-range planning committee, the local Knights of Columbus, was a North Carolina State University Master Gardener.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dianne Audette Sullivan; four children, Maureen Hosey, and her husband, Jim, of Brewster, New York, John D. Sullivan of Naples, Florida, Mary McGrath, and her husband, Peter, of Ottawa, Illinois, and Neil Sullivan, and his wife, Gosia, of State College, Pennsylvania; and 13 grandchildren, James, Emma, Rachel, Katie, Sam, Ben, Patrick, Henry, Lucy, Zofia, Jan, Marek and Kornelia.
The family will hold visitation from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 26, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home, Southport. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Anyone wishing to attend the Mass must preregister via the church’s website. Burial will be held in Hawthorne, New York.
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