James H. Sullivan, Jr.

June 30, 2016

U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

JAMES H. SULLIVAN, JR.– of Woburn, June 30th. Beloved son of the late James H. Sr. and Helen (Brophy) Sullivan. Dear brother of Shirley Erhard and her late husband John of Amesbury and Plum Island and the late Mary Jane McElhiney and her husband William Sr, of Woburn. Loving uncle of Thomas Erhard of Plum Island, James Erhard of NH, Shirley Cote of Amesbury, Dianne Stefanini of Greenfield, Donna Lee of ME, FL,, William McElhiney II of Reading, James McElhiney of Cambridge and his late nephews John and George Erhard. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, July 6th, at 9:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Tuesday evening, July 5th 5-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in James’ memory to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

James H. “Jim” – “Fishy” Sullivan, Jr. passed away at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers on Thursday afternoon June 30th. The beloved son of the late James H. and Helen (Brophy) Sullivan, he was eighty three years of age.

Born in Woburn, he was raised and educated here, graduating with the Class of 1951. A long time resident of the South End, Jim had lived in the paternal family homestead most of his life. Following high school Jim enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country with great pride during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany.

Upon his return home, Jim secured a position with Delta airlines (formerly known as Northeast Airlines) as a mechanic and went up the ladder to retire from there as chief supervisor in 1994.

Throughout the years Jim had been the caretaker of both his parents, right up to their final days. Over the years Jim had travelled all over the world with family and friends. Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco were two other airports where Jim had spent some time while working for Delta.

For over forty two years he and his family summered in Wells, Maine. There the Sullivan Clan would gather together and share in the joy of each others company and summertime fun at the beach, on the porch overlooking the salt water marsh along the Mile Road, or just playing cards with the gang.

Jim was also an avid sports enthusiast! He was a long time season ticket holder of the Patriots, enjoying all of the festivities over the years. He also attended many Red Sox games and when the Lowell Spinners came into being, he and a “van load” of friends would venture north to the games. Sometimes the van would head to West Point for football games, too.

A very kind man, Jim was always watching out for and taking care of family and friends. Until a few years ago, he would join his friends and walk around Hond Pond, then they would all head to Gloria’s in Winchester to spend the morning together over coffee and conversation – Monday was reserved for “Medical Mondays, to get all complaints off your chest for the week”. He was always out and about visiting friends at the Winchester Elks, right up until a couple of weeks ago, when his health began to decline. Somewhat of a quiet man Jim was truly a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend . He was that person in your life that was always there, before you knew you needed him.

Jim was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Woburn & Winchester Elks and Towanda Club .

Sadly, Jim was predeceased by his parents, James H. Sr. and Helen (Brophy) Sullivan, his sister Mary Jane McElhiney, brother-in-law John Erhard and nephews John and George Erhard.

Dear brother of Shirley Erhard of Amesbury and Plum Island and brother-in-law William McElhiney, Sr. of Woburn. Loving uncle of Thomas Erhard of Plum Island, James Erhard of NH, Shirley Cote of Amesbury, Dianne Stefanini of Greenfield, Donna Lee of Wells, ME and Fort Myers, FL, William McElhiney II of Reading, James McElhiney of Cambridge. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, July 6th, at 9:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Tuesday evening, July 5th 5-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in James’ memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Uncle Jimmie,

    You were a great Uncle to us and we have fond memories of our times together. You will be missed!

    Love,
    James Louisa Kiva Rayna

  2. Worked with Jim on the B727 crew with Northeast, I was a newby and he was the best, mechanic and guy.

    Tom Guerriero, Middleboro, Ma

  3. Jimmy Sullivan, one of the finest Irish Catholic Gentleman, I ever knew. The Four Horseman are back together again, Anchor, Tucker, Skitchy and Fishy. RIP

    Jim and Mary Jane Rafferty
    Amelia Island, FL

  4. Rest in peace, Fishy. You were one of my fav’s to see at Winchester Elks, you will be greatly missed by all of us.

    Mary Anne

  5. Sullivan family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone, they live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

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