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Gerald R. Sullivan

Obituary
April 1, 1947 - April 8, 2021
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Gerald R. Sullivan, Age 74 of Freeport Maine, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 8, 2021. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, a son, of the late John W. Sullivan and Eileen A. (Durning) Sullivan. He was the second oldest of five children.

Jerry attended Calais Memorial High School in Calais, Me. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained as a reciprocating engine aircraft mechanic. He took that training and was first assigned to Panama where he served for just over a year. He was then transferred to Vietnam where he served 2 tours of duty as a Crew Chief/ Flight Engineer on a C7A "Caribou” aircraft. His knowledge and resourcefulness earned him the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Honorably discharged, he went on to earn an Associate of Arts degree from the Rhode Island Junior College and then returned to Maine to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education (Cum Laude) from the University of Maine. Part of his educational requirements included student teaching stints in Windham, Me. and Romsey, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Jerry was a well-respected and dedicated teacher of Industrial Technology for many years at several schools in Southern Maine. He taught and mentored many students (he always fondly referred to them as his kids) in Scarborough, Lewiston, Topsham, and Yarmouth. He retired from teaching in 1999.

Not one to rest on his laurels, he embarked on a new career. He brought his knowledge and skills to the construction business where he worked as a finish carpenter for many years. Jerry was a skilled craftsman that took great pride in the work he performed as evidenced throughout the many local businesses and homes that he had worked in and the pieces of fine furniture and accessories he had built throughout the years. He delivered new vehicles for a local auto dealer and got to satisfy one of his passions, travel. He would talk about all the different places that he got to deliver vehicles to, all over the Eastern seaboard and even as far as Denver, Co. and New Orleans, LA. Most recently he had been working with a local electrical contractor.

Jerry had a great love of the outdoors and truly enjoyed traveling, hiking, camping, photography and especially saltwater fishing. He will be remembered as a true gentleman, a kind and giving man with a great sense of humor that he loved to share with others and for leaving a positive impact and heartfelt touch on the countless people he met throughout his lifetime.

Jerry leaves behind two brothers, Donald Sullivan and his wife Susan of East Providence, RI and Michael Sullivan and his wife Lynnea of Hope Valley, RI, two sisters, Nancy Del Pozzo of North Attleboro, MA and Lesley Levin of Cranston, RI.

Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Maine 659 Warren Avenue Suite A Portland, ME 04103

A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick, ME where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com