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Veteran newspaper reporter, Paul Sullivan passed away after a brief illness in Amesbury on Thursday.
Born in Medford in 1938, Sullivan grew up in Somerville and Arlington and attended Matignon High School.
Sullivan graduated from Northeastern University and served as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army before embarking on his career in journalism. Sullivan met his wife, Carol, while both were working as reporters at the Lynn Daily Item and he went on to a 32-year career at the Boston Herald while settling down in Melrose.
Sullivan wrote a daily "Celebrity" column in the 1980s and 1990s at the Herald where he become known as "The" Paul Sullivan and would interview a wide range of newsmakers from Steven Spielberg to Elizabeth Taylor to Mother Teresa and was received in Washington, D.C., by the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Retiring from the Herald in 2001, Sullivan enjoyed a 14-year career teaching journalism and media ethics at Middlesex Community College in Lowell while living on Point Shore in Amesbury.
Known for his wit and sense of humor, Sullivan was loved by many friends and colleagues.
Sullivan leaves behind his wife, Carol "Cronk" Sullivan of Amesbury; his two sons, Jim Sullivan of Newburyport and Scott Sullivan of Ayer; his two grandchildren, Miles Lewis and Eliza Carol Sullivan of Acton; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were held at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. His funeral Mass was held Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Holy Family Parish Church, Amesbury, followed by burial in Union Cemetery in Amesbury.
Donations in Paul's name can be made out to the Union Congregational Church Restoration and Preservation Alliance, P.O. Box 208, Amesbury MA 01913.
Published on  November 9, 2017
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