Beverly S. Sullivan
5 May, 1958 – 15 February, 2021
Beverly Serena Sullivan (née Ellars), 62, formerly of Shrewsbury, MA, Northborough, MA and Nashua, NH died of liver disease on February 15, 2021.
Beverly was a medical technologist who graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s and Rivier College, both in Nashua, NH. Beverly had a passion for many things. She gravitated to science and sports. She also loved all things Boston – the museums, the aquarium, the Marathon, the Pops under Keith Lockhart, Aerosmith, the Red Sox and the Patriots. She adored Tom Brady and was sad to see him leave for Tampa Bay. Beverly was an avid skier who spent many winter weekends at Sugarbush Mountain, VT. She also loved the beach and spending summers visiting Cape Cod, biking on the rail trail and exploring Old Cape Cod on 6A. Every year she could, Beverly would gather with friends or family at the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. She saw it as her personal duty to welcome out-of-towners to Boston and to encourage them as they readied for the difficult run.
Beverly’s greatest passion, however, was saved for her daughter, Keely, who was the light of her life. Anxious to be an engaging mother, Beverly wholeheartedly enjoyed supporting school outings and sporting events at Bancroft School and Syracuse University. She grilled lunch for the Bancroft crew team after events and was usually found on the sidelines all decked out in Bancroft Blue and Silver. Beverly was also very proud of Keely’s involvement in the performing arts. An exceptionally talented child, Keely was Bev’s pride and joy as she exceled in science, sports and art. Beverly used to say her best accomplishment was creating and nurturing such an exceptional person.
For the past two years Beverly has struggled with acute liver disease and its side effects. Each illness weakened her body to the point of needing Hospice where she ultimately could not overcome the disease. The long term consequences of a life time of ignoring warnings regarding liver health can have a serious effect on all of the body’s organs. Please listen to your primary care physician and look for signs of impacts to your liver. For further information on the importance of liver health, please contact The American Liver Foundation.
Beverly is predeceased by her mother, Jeanne M. Ellars and is survived by her father, Vernon D. Ellars of Dennis, MA. She is also survived by her daughter, Keely Alexa Sullivan of Paris, France and Arlington, VA, and Keely’s fiancé, Jesper van den Bergh of Arlington, VA, three sisters: Patricia Cox and Jeanine Esperne of Massachusetts and Stephanie Ellars of Connecticut; a cousin, Dyan Sierra of Rhode Island, and an Aunt, Suzanne Pelletier, of New Hampshire. Beverly is also survived by brothers in law, Larry Cox and Eric Esperne, several nieces and nephews and a caring former husband, Tom G. Sullivan of Northborough, MA.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to the medical personnel, care givers and friends who helped Beverly through her life journey. Many friends described her as incredibly sweet and generous. Their greatest regret, and ours, is the failure to convince Beverly to recognize turning points in her disease and the importance of the receiving the help she needed. Her broken body can rest now but the memories of her presence here with us will not fade.
Beverly will be laid to rest in a ceremony this summer on Cape Cod.
Beverly S. Sullivan
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7 March 2021
I remember numerous trips she would take myself & my good friend John to Vermont on snowboarding trips. It would be with a bunch of people we never met and would always have a blast. Great dinners everyone had a role to fill. Snowshoeing amongst other activities it was never a dull moment. Aunt Beverly even let me borrow her Audi. Growing up you start to understand who would ever let a teenager borrow their sports car ?! Well she did and I was forever grateful with a memorable experience. She had a huge heart for everyone she loved. She will be forever missed.
23 February 2021
It’s been many years since I had seen Bev but we would get together with her and Keely, Natalia and Andrea, myself and my daughter Emileigh. She was so caring and genuine. We always had a good time with her. We are so sorry for your loss and for her suffering. May she Rest In Peace and hope memories of her bring tears of joy in time. Much love, Heather and Steve Beauregard
22 February 2021
On behalf of the entire Bishop Guertin family, I share our heartfelt condolences during this time of unbearable loss. We were heartbroken to hear of Bev's passing. Please know that you will all be remembered in our hearts, in our prayers and in our thoughts during the difficult days ahead. On a personal note, as an MSMS member of the class of 78 I remember her well. A beautiful light gone too soon.
All our love
Linda Brodeur, BG President on behalf of the BG and MSMS Community
Cyndee and Charles Radziewicz
21 February 2021
Dear Kealy and family,
We are very sad to learn of your mother passing. Your Mom was a true person; she was so very nice to Brandon, Charles and me. We will not forget her. You were absolutely the light of her life, no question. I am glad to see that you are doing so well in life; your Mom taught you well.
With sadness, prayers and love,
The Radziewicz Family
21 February 2021
Vern, I am so very sorry for the devastating loss of your beautiful daughter. 'My heart is on the ground'.
21 February 2021
Keely, the day of your Christening I remember Bev beaming with pride and love for you. The whole family came to celebrate that spiritual moment of your baptism. She made everything perfect. Bev was always so organized!
I was impressed by her ability to get your dad to do things he didn’t want to do at that moment.
She also had a good sense of humor. She so loved you. I love you too, so sorry for losing your mom. D
20 February 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of being a Bancroft Speech Team Mom alongside Bev. I was a newer parent and she was a "sandboxer" mother who went out of her way to be kind to me. I recall your mom inviting Zack and I to join you both for post-tournament celebratory dinners, college tours, and lunches. It was such a hopeful time and your mother's absolute love for you and pride in your accomplishments were as great as her warmth and kindness.
May God comfort and keep you and your family, Keely. And may perpetual light shine upon your beautiful mother.
18 February 2021
I am so saddened by the passing of Beverly. I’ve many fond memories of times spent as a family, with Bev and Keely; vacations in Maine and CT, skiing in VT and more. Bev was a defender of her beliefs, often leading us to many an “animated” discussion, a loyal friend, and a fierce protector of Keely, a mom who did the best she could. She will be missed. Wishing her family my deepest sympathies .