Rev. Lawrence F. Sullivan

  • Born: February 11, 1931
  • Died: January 10, 2020
  • Location: Peabody, Massachusetts

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Melrose, MA 02176

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Father Larry by adding your memories.

Rev. Lawrence F. Sullivan, of Peabody, passed into eternal life on Friday, January 10 after a long illness. He was 88.
Son of the late Daniel J. & Margaret M. (Murphy) Sullivan. Father Larry was born and raised in Medford. After studying at St. John Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He served in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston: in Natick, Maynard, Brockton, Milton, Weymouth, Revere, and Chelsea. He was known as a kind, generous man and a conscientious priest.

Father Larry will be dearly missed by his sister Mary Lee of Peabody, his brother Kevin Sullivan & his wife Paula of Billerica, sister-in-law Lois Sullivan of Chelmsford: his nineteen nieces, nephews and many great nieces and great nephews and devoted friends. He was predeceased by his brother Dan Sullivan, his brother Frank Sullivan and his wife Monica and his brother-in-law Bob Lee.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford on Saturday January 18th at 10:00AM. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, Medford or Care Dimensions Hospice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Father Larry was my spiritual director. He helped me with my walk with the lord. I loved how devoted he was to God. I knew him from St Jerome's on Weymouth. I followed him to Chelsea for directions. Lol. I just now found out that he is home with the Lord
How happy he is to be with his Father in Heaven. He was a wonderful man and I will never forget all he did for me to get even closer to God.

Posted by Ruthanne O'Toole - Foxboro, MA - Friend   June 25, 2020

Father Sullivan was a great friend to me and my family, from my years as an altarboy through my children's baptisms and beyond. He was an incredibly kind and generous man, a great example to others and had a terrific sense of humor. And of course was always a faithful Boston sports fan. I think of him often.

Posted by Jay Webber - OH - Friend   January 18, 2020

I remember as a small.boy stay after school at the Immaculate Conception convent in Malden. The nuns forgot I was there and by the time.they.discovered I had been.forgotten, it was dark outside and I was about 2 miles.from home. Larry came across me as I was walking home and he put me on his shoulders and carried me home. I was probably only 8 or 9 years old, but I have remembered that kindness.All my 80 years.from that time.

He was born to be a priest and help others. May be rest in peace.

Posted by William Lonergan - Medford, MA - Friend   January 16, 2020

Many many years ago, when Father Larry Sullivan was at St. Jerome's in Weymouth, he visited our home every week to talk to our great aunt who was dying of cancer. He would walk in, sit down with her and just let her talk about anything and everything from her feelings on life and death to the latest neighborhood happenings that she would see from her window where she spent her days. She looked forward to those visits and it helped her get through those difficult months. He will always hold a special place in our hearts for the comfort that he gave her.

To his family, know that he and you are in our prayers.

Vivian Soper

Posted by A friend   January 15, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Sullivan and Lee families, Father Larry was a great man and will be missed. Fond memories of him trying to help guide me down the right path as a youth, veered off course as a teenager but credit his talks to helping bring me back around as a young adult. Rest in peace Father Larry

Posted by Tim Critch - Newbury, NH - Family Friend   January 13, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   January 13, 2020

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