Served in Navy during Korea conflict

Published in the February 16, 2017 edition

lawrence-Sullivan-pic-webNORTH READING – Lawrence  C.  Sullivan, 87, of North Reading died at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

He was born in Newport, RI, on January 27, 1930. He grew up in Newport where he was a graduate of De LaSalle Academy, Class of 1948; University of Rhode Island, Class of 1952 and Georgetown Law School, in Washington, D.C., Class of 1962.

Lawrence was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict. His U.S. Navy Military service began in 1952. He graduated from Officer Candidate School, Class of 1953 serving as Line Officer on Navy destroyers during the Korean Conflict. In 1956 he left the Navy with rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade). Later, he joined the Naval Reserves and served in various assignments, retiring with the rank of Commander.

After law school, he joined the legal staff of the Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) in Washington D.C. from 1962 to 1967. In 1967, he transferred to the FAA Boston office, serving as the regional counsel for New England until his retirement in September of 1989.

He was a resident of North Reading for fifty years and a member of St. Theresa’s Parish, where he taught CCD Religious Education.

Lawrence enjoyed watching sports and actively followed all Boston teams. Over the years, he enjoyed playing tennis, golf and loved to play cards. Lawrence and his wife enjoyed spending their winters in Melbourne Beach, Florida and summers in Newport, RI. 

Family members include his beloved wife of 61 years, Kathleen T. (Krupa) Sullivan; loving daughters, Sandra Conron and husband Scott of North Reading, Judith Gosselin and husband Jay of Deerfield, NH, and Jacqueline Bonasoro and husband Gary of North Andover; sisters, Anne Mills of Newport, RI and the late Arlene Custy; brothers-in-law, Raymond Custy of Portsmouth, RI and the late Stuart Mills; 6 grandchildren, who gave him great enjoyment in later years, Jeffrey and Jessica Conron, Renee and Alex Gosselin, Leia and Shawn Bonasoro; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, February 14th from 4 to 7 PM at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., NORTH READING. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home starting at 8:45 AM Wednesday, February 15th followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Parish, 63 Winter St. (Rt. 62), North Reading. Burial with military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.