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Robert Francis "Bob" Sullivan

Age 66, of Germantown, TN

Robert Francis

Robert "Bob" Francis Sullivan, 66, of Germantown, TN, passed peacefully on January 8, 2015, with his loving wife, Paula Susan Sullivan, standing prayerfully by his side.

Born February 4, 1948 in New Haven, CT to Eugene Patrick Sullivan and Henrietta Pigott Sullivan. He was the brother of Eugene Patrick Sullivan Jr., Margaret Mary Sullivan, John Thomas Sullivan, William James Sullivan, Michael Pigott Sullivan, and Kathleen Marie Sullivan (deceased). 

Bob graduated from Southern CT University, joined the United States Air Force, where he piloted KC-135s, then flew for the Air National Guard in Columbus, OH. 

He started at Federal Express in 1980, where he flew the Falcon, the 727, the DC-10, and the Airbus. 

Bob enjoyed racquetball, competing in the 2013 Senior Olympics, golf, cycling, participating in the Dempsey Cancer Challenge, scuba diving, and mountain climbing, conquering the Colorado fourteener Long’s Peak. 

He was a volunteer for Missionaries of Charity, the local library bookstore, where he was voted Volunteer of the Year of 2014. He was a member of the Germantown Library Board. 

Thanks to his sister Peg’s stem cell donation, Bob was able to tenaciously battle multiple myeloma for 11 years. 

Bob is survived by his wife Susan, children Mary Elizabeth Sullivan and Robert Christopher Sullivan, and grandson Truman Sullivan Doyle. 

A Mass will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10:30AM, at OLPH Church in Germantown, TN. His funeral Mass at St. Ann's Church in Howardstown, KY will be on January 24, 2015 at 10:00AM.

 In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Donations can be made at:


Please indicate for: Fredrick B. Hagemeister Research Fund.

 We will miss his keen intelligence and Irish wit. 

In the words of our Bob, “It’s too soon to panic.” 

Joseph L Greenwell Funeral Home, 324 E. Center Street, New Haven KY is entrusted in the arrangements. Please visit our web site:  to leave a condolence.



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