Edward C. Sullivan Jr. of Hamden lost his battle with cancer on February 23, 2011 at the age of 47. He will be forever missed by his wife, Sherry Boresen Sullivan, and his loving son Michael Sullivan and his wife Colby Fitzgerald. Ed was born September 23, 1963 to Eleanor Rust and Edward Sullivan. He graduated from West Haven High School. This past summer Ed and his wife celebrated 25 years of marriage. He loved working in his yard and spending time with his family. Ed touched many lives in a special way. He was a dedicated public servant and devoted many years of volunteer service to his community. He participated in numerous local activities; one of his most enjoyable being his 10 years as assistant and coach of his son's baseball team, Mix District Fire Department, and as a Board Member for Greater Hamden Baseball Association. He served as co-chair of the HHS PTSO, volunteering for many years for Hamden High After Prom events and served on the Hamden Board of Education from 2006-2009, where he served as Finance Chairman and participated in a variety of committees. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2009; most recently served as Planning & Zoning Commissioner in Hamden and as Vice Chairman of the Hamden Republican Town Committee. He was employed at Hammonasset Ford. Beside his wife and son, he leaves behind his in-laws, Joyce and Walter Boresen; his sister-in-law, Michelle Derderian and her husband Paul of New York; and his sister-in-law, Lynette Von Allman and her husband Eric of Wisconsin. Ed was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Eleanor and Carl Rust and his paternal grandparents Harriet Sullivan Zmudinas and Carroll Sullivan. He is also survived by his parents, and siblings: Cherie Greeney and her husband Charlie, Tina Burgess and her husband Jimmy, Keith Sullivan and his wife Tammy, Jason Sullivan, Christopher Hebert, and Daniel Sullivan and his wife Heather. Ed leaves behind many nephews, nieces, friends and co-workers. He will lovingly be remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to always make us smile. A Funeral Service will be held at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Monday, February 28th at 10 a.m. Friends may visit with his family at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7:00p.m. Burial will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the staff of Medical Oncology and Hematology and Connecticut Hospice for the extraordinarily compassionate and professional care they gave. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PO Box 185192, Hamden, CT 06518, which works to advance research, support patients, and create hope for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer.

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  1. .Sully. Gone but never forgotten. You are one true gem and I am so grateful that I was able to call you my friend. You are now at peace. God bless you. Love and friendship Always .Your Little Italain Sausage.

  2. Although Ed served for only a short period of time on the Hamden Planning & Zoning Commission, he was a valued member who served the public well. Ed will be sorely missed. Dan Kops, Jr., Assistant Town Planner

  3. Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Uncle Eddie – I will miss you. Love, Marina

  4. Dear Sherry and Family, I am deeply and truly sorry that you have to endure such a huge loss. Please know you are in my thoughts, and I hope you are able to find some comfort in the people around you that love you. Thinking of you, Sarah W

  5. Dear Sherry and family: Nothing can express the tremendous loss your family has endured in the last couple of months. Even as I have endured, I struggle to find words to comfort you. The bond that is broken in this world will be again in the next. And the reunion will be marvelous. Ed is in the arms of the angels and that is glorious in the sight of God.

  6. Dear Sherry and Michael, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Love, Maria Tripp and James Boyle

  7. Ed Thank you for the wonderful life that you gave to Sherry and Michael. A world filled with love, family and laughter. I love you with all my heart and nothing can change that. There is a hole that can never be filled. I know that God will wrap you in his arms with love,share in your joy of life and let us know that all is now OK you are not in pain and are at peace. Love you forever

  8. Ed- What is there to say? Words can’t express the sadness, the emptiness that now exists. You were an amazing man in so many ways. I could write pages here, but I will just say you will be missed by everyone who has ever met you! All of my love always, Michelle

  9. Ed, I cannot believe you are gone. We had so many laughs and good times over the years. From our time on town committee to serving on the Board of Ed. You were a wonderful friend. The prayers of the entire Cesare family are with you and your family. Rest in peace my friend. You will not be forgotten.

  10. Ed, You always knew how to brighten up a room!! You will be missed, but we will never forget. RIP We love & miss you…

  11. Ed. You are the son I always wanted. I am so proud to have had you in my life. No one will ever know how much you will be missed. Rest in peace my son. I LOVE YOU Dad

  12. Ed. You are the son I always wanted. I am so proud to have had you in my life. No one will ever know how much you will be missed. Rest in peace my son. I LOVE YOU Dad

  13. Eddie thanks for the love and kindness you always showed me, You were a great cousin and friend to me growing up, I will cherish the time we shared, you have entered into eternal peace. We will meet again on the other side, please Ed save me a spot. I am counting on you!! Love and prayers will be with you and yours always. Sherri and Michael I am truley sorry for the loss of a great man, Your Husband and Your father may he rest in peace till you meet again. With Love always, Michelle

  14. Eddie will be forever missed and in my heart always. His life was full as was his heart for all nearest and dearest to him. We are all blessed to have known him and shared our lives with him. God Bless

  15. Eddie, You’ll be missed on this earth but I feel certain that you’ll have the angels laughing while you are there. You were loved in life and you are loved even now. Watch over us. With much love, Tamy

  16. God Bless you Ed. I’m am so sorry this happened to you and your family. May you rest in peace now without any pain. My little cuz, Sherry, words cannot describe how I feel for you and Michael right now. I wish I could take your place and take the pain away. I truly believe that God has a plan and I hope we come to realize what that plan is for why this happeded. Be strong and when you can’t remember you are surrounded with so, so many people that love you and Michael both. Lean on them when you need to. I’m here for you cuz and always will be. I love you! ***Hugs*** Cheryl(Baker)

  17. Hugs From Heaven When you feel a gentle breeze Caress you when you sigh It’s a hug sent from Heaven From a loved one way up high. If a soft and tender raindrop Lands upon your nose They’ve added a small kiss As fragile as a rose. If a song you hear fills you With a feeling of sweet love It’s a hug sent from Heaven From someone special up above. If you awaken in the morning To a bluebird’s chirping song It’s music sent from Heaven To cheer you all day long. If tiny little snowflakes Land upon your face It’s a hug sent from Heaven Trimmed with Angel lace. So keep the joy in your heart If you’re lonely my dear friend Hugs that are sent from Heaven A broken heart will mend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. I had the pleasure of working with Ed while he was on the Board of Education and I was on the Legislative Council. He was a true gentleman who cared deeply about contributing to the community. He was very much appreciated and will be very much missed.

  19. I really am so sorry for your loss of such a great man and father. Eddie is my cousin and I have many good memories with him and I am grateful for that. Sheri and Family I really am truly sorry for your loss. Love Judy

  20. I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy for your loss and hope all your wonderful memories of Ed will help ease your pain.

  21. Nothing can express the tremendous loss your family has endured. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Our deepest sympathies to you and yours, Ed will be deeply missed by everyone who know him. He was a great and inspiring individual.

  23. Our hearts and prayers go out to Sherry, Michael and all of the family. Ralph & I have very fond memories of Eddie on our trips to Las Vegas and my trip with Sherry & Eddie to Atlantic City & several company Christmas parties. At many great parties at their home, Eddie was always entertaining and a joy to be around. He will be greatly missed. Our love to all. Love, Estelle & Ralph Cote

  24. Our prayers are with your family and loved ones. We pray each day that passes eases their sadness and may they hold onto wonderful memories as we will. Family functions wont ever be the same without you, we will miss your warm smile and sense of humor. We will always love you and will keep you in our hearts. Love to all of you!

  25. Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences. Before Ed joined the Planning and Zoning Commission, his reputation as a gentleman who valued collegial discussion and productive compromise was well known to those who followed the activities of the Board of Education. During the brief time that he and I served together on the Commission, I saw his admirable qualities first hand. We shall miss him but he will not be forgotten.

  26. Sherry and family, I am very sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  27. Sherry and family: My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Kim Clifford

  28. Sherry and Mike Our deepest condolences to your family. Ed was a great friend to many and a great coach to a lot of kids and will be missed very much. We enjoyed having him if our lives and he was a lot of fun to be with. I enjoyed talking to him every day at work when he needed parts and he was a lot of fun to talk to and joke around with and I will miss him very much. Losing a man like Ed will be very hard to get over he will be cherished in our hearts for a very long time and will never be forgotten. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest Regrets, Bob & Judy Behler

  29. Sherry and Mike, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Colby as you fight through this painful time. Ed has left so many wonderful memories and friends that he will never be forgotten. I cherished my friendship with him and will miss him horribly! I hope your memories will help to sustain you during this difficult time and the challenging times ahead. With sympathy, Tamath

  30. Sherry Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this time, may all your memories be timeless. All our love

  31. Sherry, I am so sorry to hear about Ed. Please know my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I’m grateful to have known Ed and will always remember the good memories of the board meeting trips we all went on. You take care of yourself, Ernie.

  32. Sherry, I am so very sorry for you loss. In your years together you shared a lifetime of love and friendship. I hope in those memories you find comfort and peace. You will carry him with you always and I believe he continues to watch over you and Michael from a higher place until someday you meet again. Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Love Tina & Jim Cusimano Amber & Chelsea Bailey

  33. Sherry, I just heard of your loss. I am so sorry. I heard you both had a wonderful relationship. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. If there is anything I can do please ask. Love, Domenic and family

  34. Sherry, May GOD COMFORT YOU & FAMILY WITH YOUR LOSS. You have our DEEPEST SYMPATHY! Sincerely, John DeRosa & Family

  35. Sherry: My heart is crying for you. I will always remember how much love I saw in Ed’s eyes when he looked at you…your relationship always amazed me that after all these years of marriage…you both truly still loved and liked each other. In these days, this type of .old fashioned. relationship is rare. Michael & Colby: Your dad was a rare one. He had morals, was hard working, and fun to be with. He will be missed by many, but he will always be alive in you as you carry on in this life. And to all other family members- I am so very sorry for your loss; I will remember Ed and all his wonderful qualitites he shared with allof us

  36. Sorry I can’t be there at this time. I will return soon and pay my respects to my brother.I walk now with a huge hole in my heart. Love to all,Steve

  37. We are so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. He was always a joy to be around and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely~Earle, Natalie, Courtney, and Demetri Allen

  38. Words cannot even start to help you at this point, but remember, your friends will always be there to help you through this difficult time. You and your family will be in my prayers. May your father rest in peace.

  39. Words can’t express how sorry I am, Eddie was a truly wonderful person and we will all miss him terribly. I send my love to our family and know we will cherish our memories of Eddie forever.

  40. Dear Sherry and Michael, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ed was one of kind we were blessed to have him in our lives. May your memories give you strength and may the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Love, Judy and Les

  41. Dear Sherry: Know that you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers. We think of .Ed Sullivan. fondly and the laughter and good times we shared on our Connecticut visits. We hope his loving memory continues to comfort you and lift up your heart. Love Janie & Harry

  42. Ed, I still cannot believe you are gone. Losing you is like losing a father, you were always there for me and everyone else who ever needed you. Without you I would not be the person I am today, I take with me your greatest life lessons and will never forget. Rest in peace Ed and thank you for all that you have done. I love you Steve

  43. I am so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. I had the pleasure of serving on the Hamden Board of Education with him. He was a kind and thoughtful man, and could lighten up a difficult discussion with his humor and smile. My thoughts are with your family in this time of loss.

  44. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart hurts for you. Although we don’t know each other you and your family are special people. He played many rolls in his life, son, grandson, brother, friend, nephew, cousin, husband, uncle, father and child of God. I am sure he earned a top Award for each. God Bless you and your family.

  45. We are so sorry to hear about Eddie. He will be missed very much by all. I’m sad that my soon to be little ones will not be able to meet such a great person but there will always be great memories to share with them. Our thoughts are with you Sherry, Michael, Colby and the rest of our family. Love always & forever Martha & Jason Brucker

  46. Didn’t know Ed long but he was one good man that I am glad I had the pleasure to meet. He will surely be missed. God Bless

  47. My deepest sympathy to the Sullivan family. Ed, you will be missed on the HRTC. Rest in peace, your are in a far better place. You will not be forgotten.

  48. Sherry and family: So sorry to hear of your loss. I will never forget the laughs we had in Oklahoma City with Ed- Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God bless~

  49. Sherry, Michael, and family… Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find comfort in the memories you share of Ed and the support of those around you. {{HUGS}} Megan

  50. Sherry, My heartfelt condolences onthe loss of your husband Ed. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you always. Debra

  51. Ed was a great guy. I was very lucky to have known him. He was a great family friend and I have many memories of him while growing up. Please accept my sincerest condolences and know that I have nothing but respect and admiration for Ed. He will be truly missed.

  52. Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss. I truly feel a sadness when I think of what you must be going through. Although we have not had any contact through all of our lives, you were my first friend of my memory and in my book, that makes you my friend for life, even if we were only 5 at the time. This life is only a stepping stone towards something greater. We will all make the journey and meet again in a better place, I’m sure of it. Be strong and take care Sherry, God doesnt give us anything we cant handle. bats32@msn.com

  53. Stunned and deeply saddened as I came across this news. Ed was a gentle soul, open and always easy to be around. My regards and condolences to the entire family. Loved you all and Ed was a major part of that. Victor

  54. .Sully. Gone but never forgotten. You are one true gem and I am so grateful that I was able to call you my friend. You are now at peace. God bless you. Love and friendship Always .Your Little Italain Sausage.

  55. Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Uncle Eddie – I will miss you. Love, Marina

  56. Ed, You always knew how to brighten up a room!! You will be missed, but we will never forget. RIP We love & miss you…

  57. Eddie, You’ll be missed on this earth but I feel certain that you’ll have the angels laughing while you are there. You were loved in life and you are loved even now. Watch over us. With much love, Tamy

  58. Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss. I truly feel a sadness when I think of what you must be going through. Although we have not had any contact through all of our lives, you were my first friend of my memory and in my book, that makes you my friend for life, even if we were only 5 at the time. This life is only a stepping stone towards something greater. We will all make the journey and meet again in a better place, I’m sure of it. Be strong and take care Sherry, God doesnt give us anything we cant handle. bats32@msn.com

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