Paul J. Sullivan, 79, of Mashpee died unexpectedly on October 26.

He was the husband of Cecilia A. Sullivan for 49 years.

The son of Joseph and Lillian (Rita) Sullivan, he grew up in South Boston. During his teenage years, he was a player on the Mustangs football team.

After completing his studies at Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston, he served in the United States Navy for three years.

Following his military service, Mr. Sullivan was hired by Boston Edison (now Eversource) as a station cleaner, working his way up to boiler room technician and eventually customer service planner over his 36-year career with the company. While with Edison he worked every storm and for a period of time held a side job as a canteen truck driver.

He also attended night school and earned his associate’s degree from Newbury College.

Throughout his life, Mr. Sullivan served on committees related to children with special needs and special education and was a member of parent advisory groups.

Upon retirement he and his wife moved from Canton, where they had raised their family, to Mashpee and settled in the Southport community. He spent his days playing golf, attending men’s coffee sessions, and volunteering at the local food pantry. He also worked as a parking lot attendant for Hy-Line Cruises.

In addition to his wife, he leaves two children, Julianne Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan; two grandchildren, Lexi Davignon and Lila Sullivan-Davignon; and his siblings Janice Shea, Maureen Sullivan, Brian Sullivan and Stephen Sullivan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Robert Sullivan and Helen Sullivan.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, November 3, at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.

Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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