Roger Allen Sullivan, 91, formerly of West Springfield, passed away on February 12th at his home in Clinton, CT. Born on July 9th, 1929 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Roger was the son of the late George W. Sullivan and Elizabeth S. (O’Neil) Sullivan. He graduated from West Springfield High School and then attended the University of Maine in Orono, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. After college Roger served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was an expert marksman and taught anti-aircraft artillery skills to the enlisted men. Decades later, while working full time and with six children at home, he continued his formal education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, achieving his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, majoring in Thermodynamics. Roger was a Licensed Professional Engineer, a Registered Master Pipefitter, and a talented craftsman and builder. Professionally, Roger was one of the owners of Sullivan Paper Company in West Springfield. He and his brothers built up the business that their parents started during the depression. It quickly became one of the largest employers in the area. Roger served on many boards of directors for trade associations and charitable institutions. Although Roger enjoyed playing golf, bridge and traveling; most of all, he loved entertaining friends and family. Roger’s dedication to his Catholic faith was truly seen in his daily life. His generosity towards others was immeasurable; assisting with the starting of businesses and purchasing of homes and just helping out when people were in a bind. Besides sharing his material wealth, he donated his time as President of Mount St. Vincent’s; to the West Springfield Dominican Nuns, teaching CCD, as a Eucharistic Minister, at both St. Thomas Church and Holy Redeemer Church in Palm City, FL; along with serving on countless other committees and boards. He served as President of the Beach Park Road Association in Clinton, Ct for 20 years; and was a long time member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his wife Ann (Fitzgerald) Sullivan, his son Neil G. Sullivan and his brothers Terrance Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, and David Sullivan and his sisters Shirley Broen, Constance Cain, and Sylvia Thompson. He is survived by his brothers Richard Sullivan and Thomas Sullivan; his children … Michael Sullivan and his wife Sarah Boss-Sullivan of Rye, NH; Edward Sullivan and his wife Amy of West Springfield; James Sullivan and his wife Karen (Lloyd) Sullivan of Cumberland, RI; Martha Sullivan of Clinton, CT and John Sullivan of Warwick, RI. He also leaves behind 14 adoring grandchildren, Nolan, Connor, Dylan, Megann, Daniel, Hilary, Kelly, Riley, Sean, Elizabeth, Laura, Colin, Ryan and Andrew and one great granddaughter Clare. Calling hours will be Friday, February 19th, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home, 1042 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA. (Due to pandemic regulations, masks and social distancing are required, and extended visiting in the funeral home is not allowed.) A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2021, at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 47 Pine Street, West Springfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield, MA, 615 Main St, West Springfield, MA 01089 or St. Thomas the Apostle Church Building Fund, 47 Pine Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.
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