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Official Obituary of

John H. Sullivan III

March 5, 2024

John Sullivan III Obituary

John H. Sullivan, III, of Canton, MA, passed away on March 5, 2024, at Milton Hospital in Milton, MA. Born in Boston, MA, John was a beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of many.

John's early years were spent in Belmont and then Dedham where he treasured his time at his grandparent’s Court Street home. Those early days led him many years later on a journey of his family history which he shared and enjoyed with his late wife of 55 years, Margaret Noble Sullivan. Together, in those pre-internet days, they spent hours traveling to libraries, cemeteries, and the National Archives in Boston where they researched and copied all mediums of documents. One of his proudest achievements was locating the gravestone of his great-grandfather, James Murphy, in Quincy. James Murphy had fought several battles for the Union during the Civil War.

As a teenager, John’s father advised him to go down the street and get a job. He did. It was just pure chance that the closest company was a local land surveying company. It led John to a career spanning decades.

Joining the U.S. Navy Reserves as a teenager, John was stationed out of Weymouth Naval Air Base. He left the local surveying company and took a position with the Norfolk County Engineering Department. After a year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he worked as a flight engineer on a seaplane. He enjoyed sharing stories of his air travels throughout the Pacific Ocean. John was a very proud veteran.

Upon honorable discharge, John returned to Dedham and began his lengthy career with Norwood Engineering. Of the many jobs he worked on, he was most proud of the years he spent on the creation of Route 495 and the remediation of the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod. His precision and expertise in his field were well respected. In fact, he wrote a guide detailing the standards for all Norwood Engineering field surveyors which is still used today. During the course of his career, he went to night school, studied hard, and passed two exams to earn his Professional Land Surveyor license. He worked for Norwood Engineering until his retirement in 2004.

John and Margaret moved to Canton after their wedding, buying a home in 1967 in the very best neighborhood in town where neighbors became lifelong friends who looked out for one another.

John was a member of the Canton Fish & Game Club for many years and recently joined the American Legion. In his retirement, he used his exacting talents to paint beautiful watercolors, including a Monarch butterfly which his daughter, Kate, will treasure for years to come.

Some might describe him as stubborn, but his family prefers to say he was fiercely independent. Although there were often a variety of ways to do something, none were as good as his way. He was incredibly good at problem-solving. You would be hard-pressed to find something he could not fix.

For the past two years including just two weeks ago, John would drive himself to Westwood for 4 hours of dialysis three times each week. After which, he always found the strength to stop in Norwood and get his favorite Chinese food for lunch.

He was strong, reliable, hard-working, and the most excellent provider and caretaker for his family.

In addition to being the beloved husband of the late Margaret Noble Sullivan, he was a loving father to Dolores Feck and her husband David of Albuquerque, NM, John N. Sullivan of Nantucket, and Kathleen S. Foley and her husband Denis of Monroe, CT. He was also the very proud grandfather of Evelyn Martin and Danae Feck, Shannon, Colleen, EmmaKate, DJ and Grace Foley, and Hannah and Tim Sullivan. John is also survived by his siblings, Rosemary Burr of Westwood and Andrew (Virginia) Sullivan of Dedham.

Visiting hours are at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington St. Canton Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass is at St. Oscar Romero Church, Canton Wednesday morning at 10:00. Burial is at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Canton Veterans, 801 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021.

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