OBITUARY

Kenneth E. Sullivan

February 8, 1966June 28, 2018
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Kenneth Edward Sullivan of Scituate, MA, 52, originally from Concord, MA passed away on June 28, 2018, after his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He was the beloved husband of Michelle Palomera and fun-loving father of Abby Nicole Sullivan and Leah Noelle Sullivan of Scituate. Ken is the loving son of mother Joan Sullivan of West Dennis and Naples, FL, and father Kenneth Sullivan and his late wife Patricia Sullivan of Scituate. “Kenzo” was the cherished brother of Karen Baker and her husband Bob of Wayland, Gary Sullivan of Cambridge and his late sister Kathy Lavezzo. Also survived by niece Brooke Baker, nephew Brett Baker, step-sisters Jennifer Cardoso, Allison Richman, and Sarah Servetnik and their families as well as numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ken had a successful career in financial services holding executive positions at Brown Brothers Harriman and Fidelity Investments. A graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, class of 1984 and University of Connecticut class of 1989, he was a natural athlete and consummate sports fan, with a particular passion for football, baseball, golf, skiing, and hoops.

Ken was a kind soul, enjoyed life and always made time to help others in need. In his last employ, he was the United Way foundation representative and arranged visits to Rosie’s place to serve food. His volunteer work with the Friendship Home in Norwell over several years after diagnosis had an incredible impact on numerous young adults, some of whom still ask for him by name today. His contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association are too many to name; however, his efforts as a National Early Stage Advisor provided him a platform and a voice for sharing his experiences to increase awareness of the disease and funding to find a cure. This took him to Washington, DC several times to lobby members of Congress, to various cities for speaking opportunities, the MIT Age Lab, and enabled him to provide input on emerging policy as well as movie scripts. His team, Sully’s Foot Patrol continues to be a top fundraiser for the annual walk to end Alzheimer’s in Plymouth.

His love for his daughters, family and friends was his real passion and together with his focus on the fight to end Alzheimer’s helped keep him going in his long valiant fight against this disease that eventually took him from us. A very special thank you to the wonderful staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth and Bridges by Epoch in Hingham.

Ken is an inspiration to us all.

Visiting hours will be held at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 382 First Parish Road Scituate on Sunday, July 8 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Monday July 9 at 11:00 AM at First Parish Unitarian Church in 330 First Parish Rd Scituate, MA.

Please consider a donation in lieu of flowers in Ken’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, NH/MA Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 2018
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Kenneth E. Sullivan

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Mark Higgins

July 28, 2018

Gary, Mr. & Mrs. Sullivan, Karen and Michelle I am so sorry about Ken. Please know that I am thinking and praying for all of you.

Beth Barovick

July 14, 2018

Dear Karen and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. He leaves quite a legacy with all the efforts he made for the Alzheimer’s Association. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

All the best,
Beth Barovick & David Saltzman

Jill and Skip Roosevelt

July 1, 2018

Dearest Joan,

Please know we are thinking of you at this very sad time and that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Although we didn't know Ken personally, his obituary tells the story of a wonderful son, father and brother. How proud you must be of his courage and all that he did to help others on behalf of this terrible disease. We share your sorrow and hope your memories of Ken help you through the months and years ahead.

Warmest regards,
Jill and Skip Roosevelt