Jack Sullivan, 75, fireman, veteran

Firefighter Capt. John Lawrence (Jack) Sullivan passed away at home, Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at the age of 75.

Born October 4th, 1939, he was the eldest child of the late Postmaster John L. and the late Mary (Sfondrini) Sullivan.

Jack will be remembered as a dedicated veteran of The Ridgefield Fire Dept. He served his country in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army, stationed in Augsburg, Germany from 1957-59.  Jack was a member of The American Legion Post 78.

Between his Army service and his career as a firefighter, Jack worked both for Frank Serfillippi Construction and Nano Marconi Construction.

He was a five year member of the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Dept. before joining the Ridgefield Fire Dept. professionally in 1964.  In 1974 “Sully” became Lieutenant, followed by Captain in 1997. Jack continued to serve proudly, retiring in Dec. 2007, after 43 years of continuous service.

Jack attended school in Ridgefield, a member of the Class of 1957.  Known to most as “the quiet man with the dry wit,” Jack had many hunting, fishing, and drinking friends.  He was hard-working, industrious and extremely proud of the town of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Fire Dept. His grandfather William E. Sullivan was one of the six founding fathers of the department in 1897.

Jack will be sadly missed by his sister Tamia J. Sullivan of Newport, RI, his brother Brian J. Sullivan of Ashland, OR, and his nieces Jessica Lawrence Phillips (husband Larry Phillips & son Major) of Newport, RI, Katherine Daught Jacob ( & fiancé Rustin Ryder) of Weston, CT., Erin Allen Jacob of Newport, RI, and nephew Merritt W.B. Jacob of Brooklyn, NY.

The Sullivan family will receive friends at Kane’s Funeral Home,  25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, Wed. Feb. 4th from 4 P.M.- 7:00 P.M., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, Thursday, Feb.5, at 10:15 A.M, and a military interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory to The Ridgefield Fire Dept. “Ambulance Fund” would be greatly appreciated by the Sullivan family.

—by the family