POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —John Allen “Sully” Sullivan, 73, of Poughkeepsie, died Friday, Oct. 7.
He was born Nov. 25, 1943, in Asheville, N.C., to John Sullivan Sr. and Pauline C. Sullivan. He was the youngest of 12 children.
Sullivan attended both Beacon and Wappingers schools. He enjoyed playing football, basketball and running track, earning letters in all three sports. He ended up playing for the Dutchess County Scholastic League before serving in the Vietnam War infantry and was honorably discharged.
He worked at Hudson River Psychiatric Institution. For 20 years, he served as a recreational therapist, retiring from there in 2000. He owned and operated Poor Man’s Fish Market for 10 years, where he worked and helped to feed the homeless. He worked as an in-school paraprofessional at Beacon High School until 2013, where he loved interacting with the teachers and students. During this time, he belonged to the Boys Scout of America and was a mentor of young adults, inspiring them to stay in school and work hard. He also was involved in AAU as a basketball assistant coaching young adults who had a passion for basketball as much as he did.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Sullivan Sr. and Pauline C. Sullivan; brothers, Willie Sullivan, Henry Louis Sullivan and Thomas Sullivan Sr.; sisters, Barbara Tate, Johnnie Mae Sampson, Gloria Elizabeth Cherry and Marion Johnson.
He is survived by one daughter, Tracey Sullivan Keaton; and two grandchildren, Taylor Alexandra Rainey-Sullivan and MacKenzie Noelle Keaton.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 139 Main St., Beacon. Burial will follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. The body will lie in state two hours prior to funeral service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick at Libby Funeral Home Inc., 55 Teller Ave. Beacon.
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