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D. Harold

June 2, 1923 – March 13, 2021

D. Harold Sullivan
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Obituary for D. Harold Sullivan

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Cousin and Friend

D. Harold Sullivan, 97, of Andover, died peacefully, March 13, 2021, with his loving family at his side. He was born in Lowell, June 2, 1923, the third of five children born to the late James J. and Ellen (Sullivan) Sullivan, who immigrated to Lowell from Ireland. They grew and canned most of their food and his father worked several jobs to make ends meet during the Polio pandemic. Although fluent in Gaelic, English only was spoken and they were very proud to be American.

He was the beloved husband of Eileen L. (Purcell) Sullivan with whom he would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this July 4th. He is survived by two sons; Dennis H. and his wife Florinda of Tewksbury, Daniel E. Sullivan and Jean Ransom of Andover and a daughter; Mary E. Sullivan of Tewksbury, nine grandchildren, more grandchildren on the way, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harold was the father of the late Ann Marie Sullivan and John F. Sullivan. He was the brother of the late Donald M. Sullivan and his wife Loretta, James J. Sullivan and his wife Alice, Raymond J. and his wife Lillian and sister of the late Sister Therese Marie SSMN.

He was a devoted husband and family man. He and Eileen shared everything together. They were the first ones on the dance floor and enjoyed bowling and tennis together. He always had time for his children and was proud of each one. They loved to host the cousin cookout on the fourth of July, and today the cousin party continues many generations later.

D. Harold received his early education in Lowell, went to Keith Academy for two years and then graduated from Lowell High in 1940. The dean at Bradshaw Business school recommend he attend Bentley College of Accounting in Boston. He attended night school and graduated from Bentley University 1946.

Harold had many jobs starting off, the funniest was when he was selling washing machines home to home when they first came out. He started his career as a CPA at Spark, Mann and Co. He was the first Irish person to work for Haskins and Sells, one of the big eight accounting firms at the time, when the sign in the window said ‘Irish need not apply’. He formed the firm of Sullivan, Bille & Company in 1972 and later joined the Demoulas / Market Basket supermarket in 1982 as Financial Vice President and Treasurer.

He served the community as a President of the Board of Governors of the former Saints Memorial Hospital and was a Trustee and later President of the Lowell Boys Club. Harold served on the finance committee at Saint Ann’s Home, St. Margaret’s and St. Augustine’s parishes.

When asked why he gave out so much free advice, he said the people that need you the most are the ones who can’t afford it. One man he helped came back with 10 friends.

He was the Treasurer and then President at Vesper Country Club and was a Trustee and later Trustee Emeritus at Bentley University. As a member of The Indian Ridge Country Club, he often went out at night and played a few holes. He organized and participated in many golf charities, his favorite was working with Father Sannella and the team that put The Immaculate Conception Church Golf Tournament together.

Friends are invited to his visitation at the Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, in Lowell, on Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, from 4 to 7 p.m. (Face coverings and social distancing respectfully required.) His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial and Interment will be private. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy. Please visit Mr. Sullivan’s life tribute page at


When Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home
122 Princeton Boulevard
Lowell, MA 01851
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