OBITUARY

Frederick R. Sullivan

Born March 24, 1940

Frederick Ross Sullivan, 78, a lifelong resident of Marblehead, passed away at home on June 22, 2018. Fred was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of the late Herbert Sullivan and Pearl (Ross) Sullivan.

A graduate of Bates College in Maine, Fred was a former student and then became a teacher at the Glover Elementary School in Marblehead. He touched the lives of many, many Marblehead children, teachers, and faculty.

After retiring, Fred returned to the Glover School as a volunteer teacher for several more years. He was a veteran of the National Guard. He was an environmentalist and avid photographer. He served the town for many years on the Conservation Commission, appointed initially in 1974 and serving until 1994 and appointed again in 2004 and serving until present. Fred was a passionate consultant to the town engineering department and Historical Commission.

Fred was also active at the St. Andrews Church and was involved in the Ipswich Horseback Carriage Club. An active member of the Marblehead Yacht Club for over forty years, Fred was also a former Commodore.

Fred leaves several cousins and many friends.

A funeral service will be held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead on Thursday, July 12 at 11AM. Burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Wednesday July 11 from 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service with burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead Thursday, July 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Frederick R. Sullivan

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Meredith and Dana Tufts

July 12, 2018

From the countless number of students and parents at the Glover School, we thank you Fred Sullivan. You taught our children to think, to love science, and to love their community of Marblehead. And on a personal note, my granddaughter, Addy got to know you at St. Andrews, and she cared about you dearly. God speed, Fred, and God Bless.

William Lanphear

July 6, 2018

Fred was a very interesting man and very good friend to me. He had so many interests including motorcycles, bicycle riding, horses, boating, aircraft, motors, history (mostly Marblehead and Swampscott), conservation, seawalls, bird watching, gardening, and always photography. He rarely left the house without a camera. We spent many outings together inspecting seawalls & storm damage for the Marblehead Conservation Commission. We enjoyed many bicycle rides and we spent many days boating in Marblehead Harbor and up and down the coast from Lynn to Gloucester.

He always spoke fondly of teaching & field trips with his students at the Glover. He was often recognized by former students who were happy to see him and tell him what a difference he made in their life.

Fred was a huge volunteer as evidenced by his 34 years of service on the MHD Con Com including time as its Chairman.

He was a member of the MYC for over 40 years and gave thousands of hours to the club.

Fred still had a few motorcycles and he spoke often of his day’s woods riding with friends. He so wanted to ride them again. He also loved a motorcycle with a sidecar and he had sidecars in his basement just waiting to be re-used.

Fred loved to watch and participate in horse & carriage events in Ipswich and the Myopia Riding Club with his friends. For years, Fred would spend most of one July day setting up the 20 x 60 meter ring for the Dressage event. After the event, he would spend another day taking it down and packing it up very neatly in a special little trailer that he built just for that purpose. He loved to photograph the events and he loved to ride on the carriages when given the chance. One of the great loves of Fred’s life that he often spoke to me of, was a horse named Sarah.

Most of all, Fred loved doing things with his family of friends, he loved volunteer work, and he loved Marblehead. His friends will miss him, Marblehead will miss him and I miss him.

He left so much unfinished.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Frederick Ross Sullivan, 78, a lifelong resident of Marblehead, passed away at home on June 22, 2018. Fred was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of the late Herbert Sullivan and Pearl (Ross) Sullivan.

A graduate of Bates College in Maine, Fred was a former student and then became a teacher at the Glover Elementary School in Marblehead. He touched the lives of many, many Marblehead children, teachers, and faculty.

After retiring, Fred returned to the Glover School as a volunteer teacher for several more years. He was a veteran of the National Guard. He was an environmentalist and avid photographer. He served the town for many years on the Conservation Commission, appointed initially in 1974 and serving until 1994 and appointed again in 2004 and serving until present. Fred was a passionate consultant to the town engineering department and Historical Commission.

Fred was also active at the St. Andrews Church and was involved in the Ipswich Horseback Carriage Club. An active member of the Marblehead Yacht Club for over forty years, Fred was also a former Commodore.

Fred leaves several cousins and many friends.

A funeral service will be held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead on Thursday, July 12 at 11AM. Burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Wednesday July 11 from 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA.