Thomas B. Sullivan III
December 29, 1939 – May 25, 2019
‘Tis Himself has moved on. The legend of Tom Sullivan will only grow as the stories continue to be told. Our world will be a little less colorful and a tad more boring without him. He was 79 when he passed away on May 25, 2019 during his fight against cancer. His last weeks were spent with family, telling stories, playing cards, cracking jokes, listening to music, enjoying outdoor fires, watching favorite movies, bragging about his grandchildren and continuing to charm each new person he met on his journey. Tom was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Vera Emma Huber and Thomas Bernard Sullivan II, and lived here his entire life. He attended St Therese Little Flower grade school, Rockhurst High School, and graduated from Rockhurst College in 1961 going on to UMKC law school graduating in 1964 to become a trial lawyer. Tom was one of three lawyers in Missouri to win a prestigious award recognizing Missouri trial lawyers under 30 by the Missouri Bar Foundation. “Sully” was an exceptional athlete excelling in any sport he participated in. He played football and ran track in high school, and in college he played baseball and was an intimidating guard on the basketball team. He went on to be captain of the Rockhurst College basketball team and eventually coach the team after graduation. Tom’s batting average his senior year was .455 which earned him seventh place in the N.A.I.A.rankings of the nations’ hitters, and he was even offered an opportunity to play in the majors. Tom passed on his love of sports by being one of the most memorable coaches at Visitation Elementary School for many years. The vastness of his accomplishments are only rivaled by his stories, …he would always add a bit of color for the benefit of those who would listen. Though there were plenty of road trips to Chicago and St Louis when his kids were young, Tom didn’t discover his true love for travelling and adventures until later in life. From road trips crossing both sides of the United States with his daughter visiting historic landmarks and climbing some of the highest points in the states on the route, to touring beautiful Ireland, Scotland and England with his son in Europe. Tom was always up for one more castle, one more hike and what was around the bend on the map. One of the best travelling companions a person could hope for. He enchanted all who met him with his quick wit and wide grin. Tom read more books in a week than many read in a lifetime. He had a great memory for detail, and a love of history. He enjoyed trivia and playing cards and was very fond of telling stories and jokes. He volunteered at the Seton Center for close to 15 years, and was always available to help out a friend in need. The people he leaves behind are his son Ted Sullivan and wife Emily; daughter Jessica Mitchell and husband Ben; sister Kathleen Greer and husband Norris; sister Donna Sullivan; his four beloved grandchildren Coley Sullivan, Ivy Mitchell, Oliver Mitchell and Izola Sullivan as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Please join us for a celebration of Tom Sullivan’s life on June 16th, 4 to 7 pm at the Carriage House, 16 W. 43rd Street, Kansas City, MO. Memorial contributions can be directed to Benilde Hall 3220 East 23rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64127. Toodahloo…the Squire
- Gathering and Celebration of Tom's Life Sunday, June 16, 2019
Thomas B. Sullivan III
June 16, 2019
Gregarious, curious, gracious, thoughtful, generous, insightful, humble, intelligent and a wonderful storyteller; Tom was all that and more. He was a kind and invaluable mentor to me as a young lawyer. Whenever I spoke with Tom in recent years, he spoke eagerly and lovingly about his children and grandchildren. May God bless Tom’s dear family.
June 15, 2019
I took care of Tom during his last days here with us. Truly one sweet man, always had a smile on. Wish I would have gotten to know him a little better but I’m sure he is at peace now. Thankful I got to meet him. My thoughts are with family and friends.
June 12, 2019
We at Seton Center could always count on Tom to be here to help in the food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He enjoyed a good story and it was fun to watch the wheels turn on his face as he was conjuring his next story to tell. We enjoyed challenging each other with details about the "Saint of the Day". I can't even picture Tom without a smile on his face. He had a generous heart and our neighbors enjoyed the benefit of it.
Sandy & Joe Mayer
June 11, 2019
We worked with Tom one Tuesday a month for approximately three years as volunteers at the Seton Center food pantry. We entertained each other with jokes and stories, trying our very best to outdo one another. Tom was normally the one outdoing us. It kept things lively and interesting. Seton Center is a resource for many in the Kansas City area and Tom was quite generous with his time and talent as he strived to help others. He will be sorely missed by us and many others. Our sincerest sympathy to his family.
Mike & Doreen Haughton
June 10, 2019
We vounteered with Tom on occasions at Seton Center. He always did a great job and kept us entertained with stories of Kansas City. We will all miss his jokes
May he be blessed.
Michael Thomas Gabhart
June 8, 2019
Tom and the Sullivan Family lived at 57th and Michigan while we lived at 58th. His dad was THE Union Station Policeman for many years and rode the Paseo Bus to and from the job. Good Family. We all went to Little Flower. played all summer in the street and never had any fear. We were all about half-poor but we didn't know it. It was an innocent and good neighborhood, an innocent time and everyone knew everyone else.
May 31, 2019
I worked with Tom for almost three years, every Tuesday & Thursday morning, at Seton Center food pantry. I always looked forward to hearing some of his stories and jokes - never a dull moment. We particularly liked to share memories of really old movies - cast members, plots and scenes: "Do you remember ………?" as we tried to one-up each other, always ending in a laugh. I will certainly miss his rollicking personality. May the Lord and Our Blessed Mother wrap him and keep him in eternity.
May 30, 2019
Tom was a long time volunteer at Seton Center, working in our food pantry. We will miss his mischievous grin and the excitement in his face when he heard a new joke. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.