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Cornelius “Neil” William Sullivan

August 6, 1937 - October 16, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date October 20, 2022

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SULLIVAN: Cornelius “Neil” William Sullivan, 85 of Salem, entered eternal life on Sunday Oct. 16, 2022 with his family and the love of his life Jean by his side. He was born Aug. 6, 1937 in New London the son of the late Joseph and Marguerite (Hester) Sullivan, Sr. He attended local schools and graduated from New London High School class of 1955. He enlisted in the CT Army National Guard and was honorably discharged. Neil was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart the former Eleanor “Jean” Dickson, on June 4, 1960 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Mrs. Sullivan survives him. He retired after 42 years of service at Electric Boat where he was a Mechanical Design Supervisor. He and his wife Jean volunteered serving for many years at St. Vincent de Paul – one of his greatest gifts he taught us was to always be humble and kind. He was a Life member of the Knight’s of Columbus Seaside Council # 17. A communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, and also attended Mass at St. Joseph Church. He found peace and serenity down at the barn with his animals and working in his garden over the years. Beside his beloved wife Jean of 62 years of marriage, he will be deeply missed by his four children; son Michael and Sue Sullivan, daughter Kathryn Amanti, daughter Terri and Bob Benjamin all of Salem, and daughter Eileen Sullivan and fiancé Kevin Keefe of Lebanon. Two sisters; Catherine Zachas and Fran and Stephen Poole all of Salem. He was very proud of his nine amazing grandchildren Michael, Mickey J, Nicholas, Megan, Colleen, Zachary, Kayla, Courtney, Nevin, their spouses and 10 great grandchildren amongst many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph T. Sullivan, Jr. and brother in law Lew Zachas. Family meant so much to him and we will find great comfort in sharing wonderful memories of Neil, Neily, Dad, Brother, Poppa and Uncle Neil. Many friendships that continue to this day from being a friend of Bill W for over thirty years and also the memorable Corner Boys have always held a special place in his heart.


His family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will held on Friday at 11 am from St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St. New London. Interment in St. Mary cemetery with military honors.


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