On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, George W. Sullivan, Jr. of Wolfeboro, NH, passed away at 86 following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.
Born September 22, 1932, in Medford, MA to the late Helen Dixon Sullivan and George W. Sullivan, Sr., George graduated from Boston University, where he met his wife, Sylvia. Married July 2, 1955 in Portland, Maine, they began their life together in Fort Sill, OK where George entered the Army’s Officer Candidate School, earning the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Thereafter, George embarked upon a long and successful career in business, becoming President respectively of Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rockwell Telecommunications Group in Dallas, TX, Northern Telecom International and A+ Communications in Nashville, TN. During his career, George served on several boards including Commerce Union Bank and the Electronic Industries of America.
George was equally active in civic life, serving on the boards of the National Alliance of Business, Brewster Academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Notably, George led the effort to provide 5,000 jobs in Dallas, TX for the disadvantaged, Veterans, ex-offenders and the disabled. For his efforts, the City of Dallas proclaimed February 13, 1978 George W. Sullivan Day and honored him with a key to the City.
George enjoyed the world of ideas and was an avid reader of history books. He enjoyed tennis and golf and was a past member of Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, TN and Bald Peak Colony Club in Moultonborough, NH.
Most important, George was a generous, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved his family deeply and was proud of their accomplishments. George was always ready with many questions, thoughtful advice and help at a moment’s notice. His great joy was found in having the generations of his family at the lake in Wolfeboro, NH.
During 64 years of marriage George and Sylvia travelled the world and were each other’s best friends. As Sylvia says, “It’s been a great ride.”
George is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Trevor A. Hollis, son-in-law Peter A. Hinrichs and sister Patricia Cahill. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, daughters Tracy Sullivan Hollis (Morgan) of Nashua, NH, Susan Sullivan Hinrichs of Greenwich, Ct. and Michael J. Sullivan (Cissie) of Aiken, SC; grandchildren Courtney, Austin, Faith, Charlotte and Colin; and great grandchildren Nettie and Flora.
A Mass celebrating his life will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Church in Alton, NH on Friday, September 27, at 11:00 am.