Mom & Dad Just Goofing Around Jan 2017
My Father, Edward Vincent Sullivan, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2015 after he succumbed to cancer. He was 88 years old. He leaves behind my Mother, the love of his life, Louise Langevin Sullivan, who has been his faithful companion and partner in crime for 63 years. They have been living in Houston, TX since November. He also leaves behind his daughters, Valerie Ann Marx and her husband, Ralph (Bud) Marx, and me, Elaine Sullivan Cooley, and my husband, Carlos Ruy Martinez, as well as his beloved cousin, Frank Testa, and his wife, Mildred, of Bloomfield, CT.
What can I say about my Dad….. He was a devoted husband and a great father. He was kind, caring, honest, hardworking and ethical in everything he did. He was a good sport and he was generous with those that he loved and with those in need. He was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Most of all, my Dad loved to laugh and make people happy. We will miss his jokes, although we may have heard them more than once…… We know that he is telling them to St. Peter now and that my Dad will have lots of new material when we see him again in heaven.
Mom and Dad met in kindergarten at St. Mary’s School in New Hartford. Both sets of their parents met at the same school. They grew up together and grew old together. We can only hope to have a marriage as good as theirs.
Dad was a master carpenter and also studied plumbing and electrical in trade school. He could build anything out of wood. He built our house that he and my Mother lived in for over 60 years. They never lived more than a quarter of a mile from where they were born. He worked at the Metropolitan District Commission for 30+ years and could tell you every detail of the Barkhamsted Dam’s history and operations. He was also amazing when it came to building cabinets, furniture and clocks, and he could repair almost anything.
Dad loved sports, and above all, as a young man, he loved to play baseball. (Go Yankees!) He had the greatest stories about games played in the old New Hartford field, and the people he played ball with. While he was in the Service, he managed the Army’s baseball team in Europe. He traveled all over Europe playing exhibition games.
He was bitten by the travel bug! My sister and I used to refer to him as “Traveling Ed” when he would tell us about his latest vacation idea. My Dad loved to travel and to take us to factories to see how things were made. We saw the Corning Glass factory, the Kodak Film factory, the Hershey’s Chocolate factory, and a totally gross sardine packing plant whose name escapes me. He took us everywhere and we saw most of the U.S. from the back seat of the family car. He let us stop at every road-side attraction from Connecticut to California and back.
Dad loved New Hartford. He was proud of the exceptional library that provided much needed resources for the kids. He was proud of the fine schools and the Volunteer Fire Department. He understood that these institutions, and the people who worked there, all made New Hartford great. Dad’s life would not have been complete without his daily stop at the doughnut shop. Many thanks to all of his pals who shared their stories and opinions with him. It really made his day!
Dad got to talk to everyone he loved in the last few months of his life. He got to see the Patriots win the Super Bowl, he knew that the UCONN Women won their 100thth straight basketball game (Go Huskies!). He passed away without pain surrounded by those who loved him most.
Many thanks to all of my parent’s friends and neighbors who made both his life and his passing such a blessing. Dad had a wonderful life.
Also, many thanks to all of the caregivers at Vera Hospice. They were truly angels on earth.
God bless him and keep him until we see him again.