OBITUARY

Mr. Daniel Joseph Sullivan

May 26, 1939October 14, 2018
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Daniel J. Sullivan, age 79, husband of Mary C. Farrell, of Madison, CT, passed away on October 14, 2018 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. His family was by his side. Dan was born on May 25, 1939 in Boston, MA to Daniel J. Sullivan and Marion Larkin Sullivan. He grew up in Stoughton, MA and attended Stoughton High School where he was class president, captain of the football team, and a representative to Boys State. In 1961, he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and earned his law degree at Columbia Law School in 1964. At Harvard he played on the freshman football team, was a member of the DU Club, and acted in student theatrical productions. He practiced law as a litigator for 50 years in New York City. First working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison, he next honed his trial lawyer skills for four years at the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York under Robert M. Morgenthau and Whitney North Seymour Jr. Thereafter, he practiced law at Lovejoy, Wasson, Lundgren & Ashton, before starting his own firm in 1978, Murray, Hollander, Sullivan & Bass. Finally, he joined Christry & Viener (which merged with European firm Salans, Hertzfeld & Heilbronn in 1998).

He did pro bono legal work with activist Julian Bond in the South during the civil rights movement and worked on Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968. In corporate law, he specialized in tax and other white-collar crimes and enjoyed strategizing his depositions and courtroom tactics. Dan loved vividly and dramatically recounting his intriguing cases. He loved sailing; in 1978, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Long Island to the Azores off the coast of Portugal in 17 days in a 32-foot sailboat with three friends. He biked, skied, ran, played tennis and gardened in Sharon, CT from 1973-1995. He was famous for his charming Boston accent, quick smile, eagerness to help others, and easy manner. He was also passionate about history.

With his devoted wife Mary, he created a wonderful life in NYC, Madison, CT, and Stuart, FL. Though he retired in 2004, he was an integral member of the Madison Charter Review Committee, and worked on town constitution issues. An avid gardener, his garden was featured on multiple Madison Garden Tours – the last occurring in 2018. Dan was an active member of the tennis community at Madison Beach Club and Sailfish Point (Stuart, FL). In August of 2018, he and his partner won the over 60s men’s doubles tournament at Madison. His wonderful tennis partners and friends helped motivate him through his battle with cancer. Each morning he woke hoping to get out onto the court. Dan was incredibly engaged with his children, daughter, Monique Sullivan Lowitt, her husband, Ian Lowitt, granddaughters, Natasha and Sabina, and son Gregory Sullivan and his husband David Riley. His first marriage to Victoria Brennan Sullivan ended amicably in divorce. He warmly welcomed into his life his stepchildren, Stephen Rahl, Kaitlin Rahl Brandt, husband Nicholas Brandt, and grandchildren James, Lila, and Finn. Additionally, Dan was fatherly with many others, always wanting to help guide people through difficult times and steer towards better times. He touched many with his generosity, positive paternal instincts, and genuine desire to reach out his hand and help in any way he could. He is also survived by sister Jean French of Red Hook, NY, brother David Sullivan and his wife Camellia Sullivan of Andover, MA, brother James Sullivan and wife Sandra Sullivan of Gunnison, CO, sister Jane Smith and husband Richard Smith of Weymouth, MA, as well as nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan’s honor can be made to E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison CT 06443, Attn: Kari Castelli. Please note the contribution is in honor of Daniel J. Sullivan. Visitation hours will be Sunday, October 21 from 4pm - 8pm at Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. A memorial service will begin at 1pm on Monday, October 22 at the First Congregational Church, 110 Broad Street Guilford, CT 06437. Burial will follow at West Cemetery, Boston Post Road (Rte. 1), Madison, CT.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Burial Monday, October 22, 2018
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Mr. Daniel Joseph Sullivan

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Jim, Sandy & Darby Sullivan

October 16, 2018

Dan, Monique & Gregory came out to Crested Butte, Co. for a ski vacation, to visit Jim ( Dan's brother)Sandy & Darby. We had our usual deep snow, while they were here. The snow in the front yard & walk was up to the eaves of the front porch roof. We hadn't had time to shovel it out & Dan saw in town another house where they had shoveled the walk & covered it with plywood to make a tunnel to the house. So Dan spent every evening after skiing all day, shoveling out the snow, soon to be a tunnel.

Another visit Dan decided to explore Dark Canyon with our dog Shannon. Dark Canyon is a remote wilderness area & is very difficult to exit, once you've dropped in. So Dan followed the creek at the bottom of Dark Canyon to it's union with another stream, on the other side of a mountain 20 miles away. Dan was suppose to meet Jim & Sandy at a local bar . A policeman approached them to tell them Dan was found. We never know he was missing!

Another adventure with all the kids was to a wilderness cabin, 12 miles up Washington Gulch. The day before we set out it had snowed another 4 feet. We cross country skied & broke trail before we reached the cabin. Monique was skiing out front like the energizer bunny & Greg carrying a pack with the steaks & food sat down & refused to go any further. We did convince him other wise & finally reached the cabin, which had two wood burning stoves. We proceeded to light them for heat & were immediately smoked out. Outside in the evening we could see the chimneys were under snow . Dan with his ski's on was able to ski on to the roof & unstick the snow crushed cap of the chimney. After shoveling down to the outhouse door under 14 feet of snow we finally had a relaxing evening.

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David, Jane, Dan and Jim