June 25, 1931 - August 22, 2021
Albany-William J. Sullivan, 90 years young at heart, left this world peacefully at his Albany home surrounded by family on Sunday evening August 22, 2021 after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends before learning of his illness. Bill was a childhood polio survivor and the youngest of the five children of Mary Helen Higgins Sullivan, an Irish immigrant and Michael Sullivan, a veteran of World War I. He is pre-deceased by his parents and brothers Harold and Michael and sisters Evelyn and Dorothy. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Betty Weber Sullivan, his children Mary Beth, Sean, Brendan, and Kevin, and his grandchildren Katelyn Grace and Kevin Patrick. Bill was a devout Roman Catholic and a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Albany Nocturnal Adoration Society, He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School, Class of 1949, in Yonkers. He was a proud member of the 1945 NY Archdiocesan Championship Baseball Team from St. Mary’s Grammar School. He also played on the Sacred Heart High School baseball team and the Pierce AC (Athletic Club) recreational baseball team that won a Yonkers championship. As a father of three sons, he enjoyed coaching at National Little League in Albany for many years. His love and knowledge of baseball permeated his life. He worked full time and attended night school to earn an Associate’s Degree from Westchester Community College, a Bachelor's Degree from Pace University, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College. He spent most of his career as a manager in government in Westchester County, Lehman College and New York State followed by a second career with IRS. Bill was known for his excellent memory, his quick wit, and his generosity. He made friends everywhere he went, remembering people's names and connecting to them with stories and jokes, or sometimes lines from a song. He followed local and national political news and had a great interest in World War II history. Bill was an avid bowler, a former handball player, and nearly a life-long Boston Red Sox fan. Bill was forever young, renewed by the people he knew, and sustained by the devotion and loving care of his wife, the love of his life. The family wishes to especially thank the Mirabile family for their support and the kind care provided by Community Hospice, especially Bill’s nurses, Angel, Kathy and Michelle. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Bill's family on Thursday, August 26, from 8 to 9 AM in the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. Please only enter the funeral home from the rear parking lot doorway. The family requests that ALL (vaccinated and unvaccinated) individuals wear a mask and practice social distancing. Bill’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 AM at the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell Street, Albany. Please only enter the church from the parking lot doorway. Masks are required. The Rite of Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY at 1:30 PM. Condolences may be expressed at at www.McveighFuneralHome.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Sacred Heart High School Attn: Claire Sullivan 34 Convent Avenue Yonkers, NY 10703; Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205; Parish of Mater Christi 40 Hopewell Street Albany, NY 12208; Or a charity of your choice.
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