Richard C. Sullivan, 85

HARRISON — Richard C. “Dick” Sullivan, 85, of Harrison, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Lewiston.

Dick was born in Boston, on Feb. 14, 1933, the son of Frances and Dorothy (Ryder) Sullivan. Dick was a special person. He made everyone he was with feel special. He enjoyed having his family around, telling tall tales, watching sports and classic movies on TV, being around the lake, and spending time with his yellow lab dog.

When he was in the fourth grade his family moved from Charlestown, Mass., to West Cumberland, Maine. He went from an urban elementary school to a one-room schoolhouse. He was a proud class of 1951 graduate of Greely Institute where he was captain of the basketball and baseball teams. After high school he joined his family, who had moved to Framingham, Mass. From 1953 to 1957 he served honorably in the U.S. Air Force at Suffolk County Air Force Base on Long Island, New York. He attended Boston University for two years and graduated from Fitchburg State College with a degree in Special Education.

His first job after college was at the Oakmont Regional High School in South Ashburnham, Mass. It was there that he met his future wife, Joanne (Keith), who was a home economics teacher at the school. They soon were married and started a family. Dick took a teaching job in Glastonbury, Conn., in the fall of 1963. During the academic year of 1966–67, Dick was fortunate to receive a grant to study at Syracuse University where he received a master’s degree.

In the fall of 1968 Dick took a job as the Special Education Director at Project Lighthouse on the South Shore of Mass. He and the family moved to Marshfield, where they lived for the next 36 years. In the early 1970s he became the first Special Ed Director for the Milton Public Schools. He later worked for the Old Rochester Regional School system, the Maher Center in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for Options in Taunton, Mass.

Dick took up running when he was in his 40s. Before long he was running marathons. Eventually he ran 20 Boston Marathons, some officially and some unofficially. He was a life member of the Marshfield Road Runners and enjoyed meeting on Saturday mornings for group runs and Sundays for long runs. He enjoyed trail running in the conservation areas around Marshfield. He ran multiple 50-mile trail runs when he was in his 60s and, in 1998, he was the New England Triathlon champion for his age group.

In 2004 Dick and Joanne sold their antique Marshfield home and moved to Harrison, Maine. They enjoyed year-round Maine recreational activities and hosting guests at their log home. They traveled to England, Ireland, Jamaica, and Bermuda.

Dick was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Donald, Peter, and Nancy.

He is survived by his loving wife Joanne; his four children, Stephen (Christine), Scott (Maura), Peter and his companion Carmen, and Nancy (Lewis Fulcher). He was blessed with nine grandchildren: Caitlin, Kerrin, Nicholas, Nancy, Kelsey, Courtney, Shannon, CJ, and Nicole. He is also survived by a soon-to-be-born great-grandchild; his daughter-in-law Cheryl Hale Sullivan; his brother Michael Gary Sullivan; and his faithful dog Oz.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., at the North Community Church, 72 Old Main Street, in Marshfield Hills, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Marshfield Food Pantry, Box 1097, Marshfield, MA 02050; Harrison Food Bank, Box 112, Harrison, ME 04040 or Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, 1389 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris, ME 04281.

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