Richard Keefe (Dick) Sullivan, loving husband of Jean and a wonderful father of six, died Monday, Feb. 24, at the age 91.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean; children, Michael R. Sullivan of Los Angeles, Calif., and Corvallis Ore., Kevin R. Sullivan and his wife Judith of Corvallis, Ore., Claudia Sullivan Paullus and her husband Greg of Los Altos, Calif., Megan Sullivan Mehlhope and her husband Carl of Darien, Conn., Ellen Sullivan Davis and her husband Greg of Lafayette, Calif., and Brian E. Sullivan and his wife Candice of Fairfield, Calif. He was equally proud of his 11 grandchildren, Ryan, Daniel, John, Kaitlin, Lindsey, Kelly, Julia, Hudson, Jack, Molly and Claire.
A native of Chicago, Dick served his country during World War II as a U.S. Marine Corps aviator. After the war, he began his career in magazine publishing with National Geographic. A talented photographer, it remained his lifelong avocation. He was a prolific reader and a talented writer of heartfelt prose, believed completely in a vigorous life of the mind, but never at the expense of his dynamic presence in the world.
He was an exacting but generous teacher who taught his children to try new things, not be afraid to fail, rejoice in natural beauty and embrace the inevitable changes that a full life brings. He was also a famous storyteller, a lifelong aerobatics instructor, a lover of big cities, a world traveller who celebrated all of humanity and a highly successful advertising executive. He and Jean later retired to a country home in Big Fork, Mont. Dad, Daddio, Pop, Grandpa, Dick, Sully and Richard all describe the man who will be greatly missed.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Holy Spirit Church, 1050 N. Texas St., Fairfield, Calif. Arrangements under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home, 425-1041.