Francis Leo's Story
Francis Leo Sullivan, age 89, of Newbury, died November 30, 2017, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Raelene
(Perkins) Sullivan for 49 years.
Born in Newburyport on June 19, 1928, he was the son of the late Daniel F. Sullivan and Margaret (Moylan) Roberts and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1946.
No sooner did he graduate, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 25, 1946, proudly serving with the United States Navy until his honorable discharge.
After leaving the Navy he worked at a logging camp in Northern California for 9 months. When he got back to Newburyport he drove a truck for the Graf Brothers for 10 years. He worked 35 years at the John Hancock Life Insurance Company as an Agent and Staff Manager in the local area.
Francis was well known around Newburyport as a sign painter which was a hobby. He loved to cruise on his original boat, The Navillus, endlessly cruising to Rockport and Gloucester with family and friends. In most recent years, Navillus III, a smaller version of the original boat, was a perfect fit for all the time the family spent at Lake Attitash in Amesbury. He loved playing the organ, especially Irish music and religious music, always ready to entertain family and friends.
He lived life well, sharing his passions with everyone, proud of his family and the love they shared.
In addition to his wife, Raelene, he is survived by a son, Timothy Sullivan and wife, Nerine of Merrimac; two daughters, Anne Tobin and husband, William of Rowley, and Laurie Southall and husband, Tim of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Shawn Tobin, Kaleigh Sobezenski and her husband, Lucas, Timothy “TJ” Sullivan, Jr., Amy Southall, Rachel Southall, and Timothy “Ty” Southall; along with extended family and many dear friends. He was predeceased by a half-brother, Charles Roberts, Jr.
Visiting hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport will be Monday, December 4, 2017 from from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services at the funeral home will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private for the family.
Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of ones choice.
Published on  December 2, 2017