Swan Funeral Home


Emmett Jude Sullivan Sr.

October 27, 1939February 14, 2021

Emmett J. Sullivan, Sr., of Westbrook, CT and formerly of Clinton, passed away on February 14, 2021. Emmett was born on October 27, 1939, in Yonkers, NY, to the late Michael L. Sullivan and Frances (Kingberger) Sullivan. He graduated from Iona Prep in New Rochelle, NY and was a proud alumni of Mount Saint Mary's University (Class of '61), in Maryland. Emmett was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Emmett Sullivan was a proud and loving father to his six children and nine grandchildren. He was always happy to see his grandchildren, and they looked forward to seeing him and his endless supply of M&Ms. He lived a simple life with simple means; always with his toolbox lending a helping hand, especially with the Boy Scouts. You could often find him building or repairing something. He was a quiet man, but you would not know that when you saw him cheering his kids at their sports events. He was an avid UCONN basketball fan, constant purveyor of corny dad jokes and creator of silly acronyms. Emmett was a man of habits, and you could count on finding him everyday eating breakfast at the Coffee Break and at Bill's Seafood in the afternoon. He was committed to his Catholic faith and regularly attended church at Saint Mark's in Westbrook or previously at Saint Mary's in Clinton.

Emmett is predeceased by his beloved (and favorite) daughter, Kate Kingberger. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Kupcinskas, Eileen Lippert, Emmett Sullivan, Michaela Yasin and Lawrence Sullivan; grandchildren Kerry, Eric, Catherine, Christopher, Layla, Redmond, Aidas, Eliana, and Zaid.

Emmett is survived by brothers Eugene and Joseph. His sister Mary Lu, brothers Michael and John predeceased him.

Due to current travel restrictions, no formal funeral will take place at this time. The family is planning a mass and celebration of Emmett's life this in the Summer. His ashes will be interred in St. Mary & St. Joseph Cemetery, Norwich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association or your local Scout troop.


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Emmett Jude Sullivan Sr.

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Kathy Coogan

February 21, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the wonderful Sullivan clan .
I’ve known Emmett for over 40 years . To me he was friend ,neighbor , a willing handyman , devote fellow parishioner , cheerleader at our daughters field hockey games . He was a champion of widows , always available no matter the task . He was a gentle kind man and he will be greatly missed .

Mary Tracy

February 17, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Cousin Emmett (or MIT as his t-shirt read!) - he was kind, funny and devoted to family. My condolences to Emmett's children and grandchildren. May his memory be a blessing and may you find yourself smiling whenever you think of him or have an M & M. I know I will
Mary Sullivan Tracy

Mary Burnett

February 16, 2021

I knew Emmett thru St. Mary's. I worked in the office 2014-19 and he'd pop in from time to time. He always had a smile and a kind way about him, a very nice gentleman. I'm sure he's watching over all of you.

Kim Bennett

February 16, 2021

I am sad to hear that Emmett has passed but I am glad that I got to know him. I always looked forward to his stories and his corny jokes. He was definitely a great man.

Tommy Hughes

February 16, 2021

Uncle Emmett was always a good mentor to me. He was always willing to let a me, as a little kid pal around with him. If I found a dime and 2 pennies in the seat of his car (magic), he would let me have it to buy a comic a Woolschlager's. He taught me the value of hard work and the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. He would show up to my mother's house with a pick up truck full of tools and I would gladly join in with whatever task he had in mind. I have always treasured the times I spent with him and his family in Clinton as a respite from the rigors of the Military Academy. .
I will miss him dearly.

Cate and Greg Muenker

February 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss, you are all in our prayers. We are here for you if you need anything. 💗

John Capuano

February 15, 2021

My condolences to you and your family.

Samantha LeVine

February 15, 2021

Sending love to the whole Sullivan clan. Mr Sullivan was a big part of my summertime experiences and I know his family was the light of his life.
-Sam, aka “Mandy” LeVine