A man of many talents whose family benefitted from his skills

WOBURN — Michael J. “Sully” Sullivan, a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on July 24, 2021 at Winchester Hospital, surrounded by loved ones.

He was the youngest of five Sullivan children born and raised in Woburn. A graduate of Woburn High School with the class of 1973, he participated in many varsity sports. After graduation, Sully was active in many areas and businesses and finally found his calling in the construction business.

Sully was a man of many talents; he could build or fix anything, and his family benefitted greatly from his skills. He was an avid Boston sports fan and was ever present on the sidelines for his children and grandchildren in their sports. He never lost his love for sports, as he continued to play in recreational leagues and pick-up games well into his 50s.

In later years he loved to fish, golf, and ride the waves. Recently, he enjoyed writing poems, a passion handed down from his mother. His family will forever cherish his writings. Like his father before him, he was funny and had a heart of gold. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy (O’Rourke) Sullivan. He was the cherished father of Michael Sullivan and his longtime companion, Stacy Rice; Amy Klimek and her husband, Joshua, all of Woburn; Shane Simone and his companion, Jonelle DeLisia and Shena Simone and her companion, Ronald Ricci, of North Reading.

He was also the adored “Papa” of Jacob, Talia, Makennah, Autumn, Anthony, Piper, Payton, Finnegan and the late Brianna. He was the dear brother of Edward J. Sullivan Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, of Maryland; Charles F. Sullivan and his wife, Aurie, of New Hampshire; Mary Van Deventer her husband, Hans, of North Andover; and Joanne Owen and her husband, Clark, of Marshfield. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, July 30 from 4-6 p.m. followed by a service at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Sully’s memory to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844