Michael J. Sullivan

March 3, 1946February 27, 2019

Michael Sullivan, age 72, of Medfield, MA, passed away on Feb 27, 2019 surrounded by family.

Michael was born in Fall River, MA on March 3rd, 1946. He graduated from Durfee High School and continued on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in state government at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Michael started his career as an assistant town manager in Arlington, MA. In 1975, he moved to Medfield as a full-time administrator in Medfield, MA. In 1984, his title changed to Town Administrator, which he held until his recent retirement on January 18, 2019. Mike dedicated his life to the town of Medfield, not only as an employee, but also as a much-loved resident. He kept his parent’s home in Fall River, which was a nice weekend getaway for him. Mike enjoyed cooking, and always had a dish or two to bring to family and friend celebrations. He enjoyed walking the streets of Medfield, and always had a good story, fun fact, or a pun.

Michael is predeceased by his father, Dennis Sullivan, his mother, Mary (Quinn) Sullivan, and his brother, Daniel Sullivan, and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Toohey) Sullivan, of Troy, NY.

He is survived by his brother, Dennis Sullivan, and sister-in-law, Billie Sullivan, of Virginia Beach, VA. He is lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews: Michael Sullivan of Troy, NY, Patrick Sullivan of Rensselaer, NY, Erin (Sullivan) Teta of Troy, NY, Sean Sullivan of Wrentham, MA, Colleen (Sullivan) Chalmers of Norfolk, MA, Anne (Sullivan) Ross of Palm City, FL, Denise (Sullivan) Glatt of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jill (Sullivan) Ward of Virginia Beach, VA. He was uncle to 24 great nieces and nephews. Beloved by all, he will always be remembered by relatives and friends as “Uncle Mike”.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 9am from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place 178 Winter St., Fall River, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St., Fall River. His visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society For directions and tributes, please visit:


  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Glenda Duclos

March 6, 2019

Mike was a great neighbor, always kind and considerate and asking about our lives and how we were doing. He loved to talk about Medfield and always had a function to get back to. Got to go to a party, parade, function, you name it and he was there with a twinkle in his eyes. He loved his town of Medfield and after visiting there after his funeral I can see why. It's a beautiful place with beautiful people. His fondest things to do in Fall River was to manicure his lawn, he loved edging and had a tendency to even do ours as his small frontage didn't seem satisfy him. He'd also walk a great bit and enjoyed the local restaurants and his Fall River friends. His family came now and then to spend time at the Fall River house for vacations down by the shore, or a perhaps a Red Sox game. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all his family and friends. He will be so deeply missed as our Fall River neighbor and friend. Glenda & Don Duclos

Carol Barton

March 5, 2019

I remember the year Mike came to Medfield. Our neighborhood was having a block party and one of the attendees who was on the Finn Comm thought it might be nice for us to invite Mike. Little did we think he would come. He not only came but made a point of learning who we all were - names he never forgot. Over my years in Medfield , of course, I saw Mike many times. He made Medfield proud. He will be hard to replace. Now retired to FL I have had to talk to Mike on a few occasions since my husband is a retired teacher. He kept telling me he was going to retire. Any questions I had were always answered. He never made you feel as though you were taking up too much time. He was knowledgeable, helpful and always gracious. I had great respect for Michael Sullivan. My prayers to his family.

Joshua Stark

March 4, 2019

When i first met Mike i had just moved to Fallriver from living in Pennsylvania for a year after i moved from Michigan. I could not have been more blessed with all the knowledge and friendship he shared the past 2 years. They were short but I really glad I met Mike since day one I knew I moved to the right town and was accepted right away for being a Lions and a Wolverine fan. Shared many laughs and Stories but I am most proud to call Mike family especially when mine is in Michigan. You will be missed my friend.

The Michigan Kid

John Harney

March 4, 2019

Medfield is truly saddened by Mike’s sudden passing to eternal life. Town residents, sharing many of the forty four years while Mike was Town Administrator, well realize the essential role he played in every important decision. Mike’s lasting imprint is on Medfield’s open space, personnel standards, fiscal responsibility and much, much more.

Mike parts from us with the esteem of all. His memory will ever be of a truly gifted, dedicated, generous, engaging man of sparkling, incisive wit who loved and spoke often of his family and who enriched and gladdened many lives.

Thank you Mike,

Requiescat in pace.

John T. Harney

Mike and Nancy McNulty & Family

March 4, 2019

To all of Michael’s great Family: Our whole Family is very sorry for your loss.

Steve Lopes

March 3, 2019

Brenda and I would see Michael at the 4 pm Mass every Saturday at Holy Name. His dad Dennis was head custodian at Morton where we graduated from.The Sullivan family were very Irish and lovable.We will miss Michael and so sorry for his passing.
Steve & Brenda Lopes
Marco Island FL

Nancy Senuick

March 3, 2019

We had the pleasure of knowing Mike for only a short time but he was a truly amazing man. Always pleasant friendly and interesting. He will be missed by many. RIP Mike ❤️

Patricia Patt

March 2, 2019

Over the past 20 years, my interactions with Mr. Sullivan in Medfield were few, but always positive. He will be missed by the community. My condolences to his family and friends in the Fall River area.

John Thompson

March 2, 2019

Mike was always supportive of community efforts to protect open space and preserve history. He was supportive of the efforts to purchase the Dwight-Derby House, now identified as one of the the 25 oldest timber frame houses in the United States, purchase of the Holmquist and Kenney properties for water supply protection, and all of my efforts with the community working on a solution for the former Medfield State Hospital and property, which I first visited with Mike in 2001.
I'll never forget the Selectmen's meeting where a homeowner asked the town to reimburse him for a town snowplow pushing his mail box over - when Mike asked what he paid for the mailbox, the homeowner said $1,500.00 - the look on Mikes face was priceless....Mike also told me he had never been inside the Peak House.....

Clarence Purvis

March 2, 2019

What a devastating email I received on Thursday from my dear friend and fellow member of the Board of Selectmen Ann Thompson. My wife Bette and I moved away from Medfield more than 20 years ago but I always stayed in touch with many fond memories of what a great town it was. Mike demonstrated all of the wonderful qualities which made Medfield what it was. We worked together over many years as I started serving on the Warrant Committee and then the School Board and finally the Board of Selectmen. I had tried over the years to get Mike to come down to Tennessee but duty to Medfield always kept him in New England. I had hoped that now he was retired I might be successful but that was not to be. I will always remember Mikes support in whatever the town needed but in interaction with the state, not always an easy task, or in helping to guide Medfield to be a better and better place for its citizens. The annual town meeting was, in my mind, the perfect demonstration of government at its best although it wasn't always the easiest to predict how it would come out. Mike worked diligently to have a positive outcome at the end of the evening. Rest easy Mike you left a lot of wonderful footprints along the streets of Medfield.