Don Sullivan Donald Edward Sullivan, 70, beloved husband of Cathy( Fitzpatrick) Sullivan died July 23 after a hell of a fight.
Mr Sullivan was born September 30, 1941, the son of Leo and Gertrude (Shields) Sullivan.
He and his wife Cathy had been residents of Newtown for more than 30 years. Don and Cathy were married June 19, 1965. He loved Newtown.
Don is survived by three sons and their spouses, Timothy and Debra
Sullivan of Newtown CT, Patrick and Patty Sullivan of Oxford, CT, and
Michael and Becky Sullivan of Beacon Falls, CT. He is also survived by
seven grandchildren: Shay, Logan, Brooke, Lianna, Courtney, Kaila and
He was a proud Vietnam War Veteran, having honorably served in the US Army Special Forces.
Don retired from Pitney-Bowes, following a successful 38-year career
with the company. He was the Director of Quality Control, Facsimile
Division at the time of his retirement. His business frequently brought
him to Japan where he made many lasting friendships. When his sons were young, Don was involved in Scouting acting as a Webelo and cub Scout leader in several states.
He was a Lifetime Member of both the Special Forces Association, and
the American Radio Relay League. He loved HAM radios (he built his first
one), and enjoyed making contact with fellow HAM's in other countries.
He was particularly thrilled when he was able to reach HAM's living
behind the Iron Curtain.
Mr Sullivan was a member of Newtown Congregational Church.
He and his wife Cathy enjoyed helping others, volunteering with Newtown
Meals on Wheels and the Newtown Fund's Holiday Basket program. He was
known as the “fix it guy” at the Newtown Congregational Church's
Mr Sullivan loved music-especially music from the 50’s and 60’s.
More than anything, Mr Sullivan loved and lived for his family. He
married the Love of his Life, couldn’t be prouder of the men and fathers
his sons had become, and he adored his Daughter in- Laws and
Grandchildren. He told corny jokes, always sang out of tune and was never ever ever late. He was the Toughest Man in the World.
Calling hours will be Monday, July 30, from 5 to 8 pm, at Honan Funeral
Home, 50 Main Street in Newtown. A funeral with full Military Honors
will take place at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, on
Tuesday, July 31, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking
that friends consider making a donation to The Special Operations
Warrior Foundation at www.SpecialOps.org or the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, Newtown CT 06470