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Joseph P. Sullivan

June 16, 1944 ~ January 3, 2020 (age 75)


Joseph P Sullivan was born on June 19th, 1944 in Chelsea, MA and died on January 3, 2020 in Boston, from natural causes, he was 75.


He was a resident of East Boston and Chelsea during his younger days and also spent time in Lynn, Danvers, Salem before finally settling down in Chelsea in 1990. He held a few different job titles until 1988 when he started his own janitorial company Karen's services. He was an active member of the Moose and The Salvation Army in Chelsea for many years. He retired Karen's Services in 2016. Other than working hard he also liked bowling, pool, darts, fishing, playing solitaire and other card games. He was the life of the party and always had a joke to tell. He frequented his favorite spots throughout the years including: The Old Timer's and Chelsea Walk in Chelsea, The Brothers Deli in Peabody and The Salem Willows, where many family reunions were hosted by his sister Mary.


He is preceded in death by his parents Leah (Gallagher) and Joseph V Sullivan. His siblings: Dorothy McPherson DeVeau, Harvey DeVeau and sister Mary Reynolds. His former wives: Margaret Casucci of Chelsea, Linda Rouff of Portales, NM and Maryann Sullivan (Terrio) of Chelsea. His daughter Kathleen Principato (Knapp) and stepdaughter Carolann Gray. 


He is survived by his children Louise Sullivan, Michelle and husband, Brad Graham of Rio Rancho, NM, Jody Sullivan of Chelsea, Brenda and husband, Jim Leonard of Peoria, AZ, Kimberly Rosario of Chelsea, and youngest Sabrina Brooks and partner Rick Muise Jr. of Waltham. Siblings: Martin (AL) Sullivan of Florida, Joanne and husband, Joseph Bowen of Fitchburg, MA. Stepchildren: Joseph, Robert, Thomas and Diane Goodrich. He also leaves behind several granddaughters and grandsons, great granddaughters and great grandsons and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was very loved and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.


His service will be held on Sunday February 9th, 2020 at 11:30am at the Salvation Army on 258 Chestnut St, Chelsea MA. There will be a gathering afterwards. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made in his name to The Salvation Army, The American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warriors Foundation. 

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