He was born in Boston to Vera and Richard Sullivan and raised in Danvers, MA. He graduated from Brown University with dual degrees and later received his Masters at Rutgers University. He was married to the love of his life, Nancy, for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, his daughter Christine and son-in-law Chris Lugossy, his son Dan and daughter-in-law Kerri Sullivan, his two brothers David and Robert and his many sisters-in-law who thought of him as an older brother. Richard enjoyed watching his six wonderful grandchildren (Brendan, Ian, Paige, Delaney, Josh and Taylor) grow up. His grandchildren loved spending time with their Grandpa at Lake Winnipesaukee while on family summer vacations. In the winter, "Rick" would always be found watching his favorite team, the New England Patriots, create their dynasty and in summer he perpetually worked on improving his golf game. Rick and Nancy loved their time living at the Jersey Shore and taking cruises throughout the Caribbean together in their retirement.
Richard spent his working career at Western Electric (eventually becoming Lucent Technologies) and retired after 35 years of service. His career enabled him to travel extensively and experience the cultures of more countries than he could count. He will be fondly remembered as a yachtsman at Lake Arrowhead in Denville, NJ, an amateur photographer, a world traveler, and a natural leader and mentor to his colleagues, friends and family. His relaxed nature, rich sense of humor, and brilliant wisdom will be cherished forever. He was a wonderful husband, supportive and loving father and a caring grandfather that will be missed by many.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Finegan Funeral Home at 4080 William Penn Highway in Palmer Township, PA, with a funeral service beginning at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. The interment will be private
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org/donate.