Published in the December 23, 2016 edition

Sullivan-obit-webMANCHESTER, N.H. — Robert J. “Bob” Sullivan, of Manchester, N.H., formerly of Lawrence and Melrose, passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 56, after a short illness.

Bob was born in Medford on June 15, 1960 to the late John A. and Dorothy A. (Randall) Sullivan. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1978. Bob was a proud member of the North Star Drum & Bugle Corp., and was an original member of the Chrome Wall Drum Line.

Bob was a talented musician who always had a passion for playing the drums, the piano and just about any other instrument he could get his hands on.

Bob was the loving companion of Janice DeFronzo of Manchester, N.H. He was the caring brother of John T. Sullivan and his wife Kamariah of San Francisco, Calif., Joan M. Feeley and her husband Thomas of Andover, William F. Sullivan and his wife Karen of Michigan, Barbara J. Nicholson and her husband Clifford of North Billerica, Maryann Sullivan of Brookline, James E. Sullivan and his wife Candice of Dover, Thomas M. Sullivan and his wife Rebecca of Melrose and the late David R. Sullivan. He was the brother-in-law of Rose Sullivan of Haverhill. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. The funeral was from the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Herbert Street, Melrose.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber, P.O. Box 849168, Boston MA 02284-9168. To leave an online message of condolence please visit