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Jayne Elizabeth Sully

October 27, 1966August 17, 2020
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Harwich – Jayne Elizabeth Sully, 53, passed away at home on August 17, 2020 with her beloved husband of 24 years by her side and surrounded by the love and comfort of her family and friends.

Jayne was heroic in her determination to stare down cancer and for over five years she never blinked. She endured two surgeries (one over 12 hours long), numerous rounds of radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and interventional radiation with optimism and an unyielding positive attitude. Through it all, she believed in herself, her loving family and her doctors, choosing to be happy and never letting the hard days win. Jayne embraced every day and looked forward to every tomorrow.

With a contagious smile and infectious laugh, Jayne made friends very easily. She was totally comfortable in her own skin and was a constant inspiration for many people always giving comfort, support and encouragement to those diagnosed with an uncertain future. In a time when common courtesy can be in short supply, Jayne’s genuine concern for others shined like a radiant beacon.

Jayne was born in Hartford, CT on October 27, 1966. Her family moved to Eastham in 1976 where she attended regional schools, graduating from Nauset Regional High School in 1984 where she played soccer. After high school, Jayne worked at Bradlees in both Orleans and Hyannis in the administrative office. Later, while working for O.J. Murphy at Bel Vaseo Italian import pottery in Orleans, she also accepted a part-time job as a Hostess at the Yardarm Restaurant in Orleans. Apparently, she made a favorable impression because in April 1996 she married her best friend, soul mate and boss, John Sully. They spent their honeymoon on Nantucket where Jayne immediately fell in love again-this time with the island. Jayne co-owned the Yardarm restaurant with her husband John until it was sold in 2015.

Jayne lived each day with enthusiasm and faith, always taking the high road. She remained adamant to not let her illness be a burden to family or friends. Her pleasures were simple: HGTV, Facebook, a day at Nauset Beach, small cheese pizza, Kelly and Ryan in the morning, ice cream, her loving cats, walking the streets of Nantucket, leggings and of course her Kettle One. Jayne would always turn up the car radio to hear and sing to “I can see clearly now” and Elton John’s “Daniel”. Her very favorite song was dear friend musician Jay Murphy’s version of “A Pirate Looks at Forty”.

Together, John and Jayne had Patriots Season tickets for over 26 years. And since 1995, they had attended most games and loved being part of many memorable tail gate parties. She was also very proud that the Red Sox broke their long-standing curse in 2004 on her birthday.

Jayne’s dreams were important: beating cancer and finding a cure, helping family and friends, and personally finding a home on her beloved Nantucket. In 2017, the Nantucket dream came true. It was on Nantucket that she spent her most peaceful and cherished days.

Her husband John is extremely grateful to the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital, Sinai Rehab and Fontaine Medical. In addition, John’s gratitude extends to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for their support and wonderful care over the last five years, and especially to her surgeon and good friend, Dr. Richard Wein at Tufts Medical Center.

It cannot go without mentioning that since Jayne’s passing, there is a furry feline whose eyes aren’t as bright, whose curiosity is diminished and whose purring has been silenced. Jayne’s loyal and loving companion and her constant bedmate, Nellie, brought her immeasurable joy and comfort.

Be well “girlie”, now you can relax. Enjoy lunches of ice cream with your precious, loving Mom. Your family and friends will love you forever. You have touched our hearts. Heaven is where dreams come true. No more pain, no more fear, no more cancer. #sullystrong

Jayne is survived by her loving husband John Stevens Sully; her sister Jennifer (Jeffrey) Hogan, their children Brigit (Garvin) and Conor (Larissa) and their children Fiona and Cormick; her sister Janet (Gary) Culver and their son Matthew: her brother Jeffrey (Janie) Hawkes and their daughter Sarah (Paul) and their daughter Annabelle; her sister-in-law Jacque (Jim) Jennett and their daughter Brooke (Robert) and their children Alden and Lindy, and their daughter Heather and her children Rowan and Hayden. Her mother Marion Alexander, and her father Joseph Hawkes as well as her mother-in-law Patricia Sully and father-in-law John G. Sully predeceased Jayne.

Due to the social distancing restrictions in place, a Celebration of Jayne’s Life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Jayne’s memory to the Pan Mass Challenge at For online condolences visit


24 October

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John Ryder

September 9, 2020


Even though it has been a long time since 1971 and our sale of the Yardarm in 1972, I heard from a friend who lives on the Cape (you and Jayne met her some 6-8 years ago) that your lovely wife passed away. Please accept my sincere sorrow for your loss (my sister Lori extends her condolences also).

If I had your address, I would have communicated directly with you ... but I do not. God Bless to you .... John P. Ryder

judy judith jordan

September 3, 2020

Dear John,
Bob and I are so sad for you and your family. Jayne was a precious, caring, loving always smiling little doll. Jayne could turn the darkest day into the brightest day with her beautiful smile and her amazing upbeat personality. The two of you were a match made in heaven and John, you are one of the most caring supportive husbands we know. All our prayers and support are with you. God Bless, Much Love, Judy and Bob

Paula Dadmun

August 23, 2020

John, I am so sorry for your sadness. My heart is broken for you. I’m sharing a good memory of when we all first met. Great days, indeed! Stay well. Paula

Jenny Kautz

August 23, 2020

Jayne and I went to school together. We grew up together on Cape Cod. If there is a term that describes Jayne , to me it’s “Spitfire”. Her energy, spunk and determination were something that I admired in her.
I am not just thinking of the strength she had when it came to standing up to Cancer. It was how she lived her life. I think of her playing pranks in high school, her infectious laugh would get others laughing with her. She called me out once over something I posted. She held me accountable and I respect her for that.
Her love for John is eternal. Seeing her posts of their time in Nantucket or the “just because” flowers John would give her. They are connected throughout time.
When I saw Patti’s announcement last week that Jayne had passed I was so full of mixed emotions. I was so sad. Sad we have to say so long to an amazing soul, sad for John and their family even sad for me that I won’t see her posts anymore, and my school friend is gone. But I was also relieved, that she is not in pain anymore and she is free. I was happy that she is at peace.
I feel like I am a better person that I knew Jayne. We weren’t close, but if I posted something she always responded.
Be at peace, Jayne. I look forward to seeing you again.

MaryJo Mastrianna

August 23, 2020

To the family of Jayne.. I met Jayne when your mom came to Maplewood.
She was always so nice as you all are. But I could see in her eyes her courage and her quick wit and jokes, her strength was also prominent. But the love for your mom was amazing. You were an amazing person and the world has lost a great person. Rest in the arms of Jesus and hug your momma tight
John and family will be thinking of and praying for you all.

Martha Downs

August 23, 2020

My husband and I have some wonderful memories of Jayne , as we spent many ,many nights at the Yardarm , our favorite Cape Restaurant. Our most sincere condolences to John and to everyone who loved and will miss her.❤️

Susan Morelli

August 23, 2020

Jayne, Your spirit for life, love and laughter (Patriots) was contagious. It was a privilege to share so many tailgates. Rest In Peace.

Jennifer McMullen

August 22, 2020

John, I hope you find comfort that your dear wife is reunited with her loving mother. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Jennifer McMullen
Timbuktu Travel
Orleans MA

Barbara Burdwood

August 20, 2020

To the entire Hogan Family ... we are sad to learn that Jayne has died but are confident she knew how loved she was by all of you! The time and efforts you’ve contributed to the Pan-Mass Challenge over the years speaks volumes. You have our admiration and we extend our deepest sympathy to you and Jaynes entire family.

Barbara and Bill Burdwood

Julie and Chris Fawkes

August 20, 2020

John and family, Chris and I are so sad to know that Jayne passed. She was true fighter in every sense of the word. She was also gracious, smart, fun, and one of the most genuine people we have ever met. She always greeted us with a big smile and a hug. She treated my parents like family, and was kind and patient with them as they grew older.
Jayne did so much for the Cape Cod and Islands community. To pay tribute to her, that is what we all should continue to do in her memory. XXOO


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