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John R. Sullivan

September 25, 1934 - December 30, 2022


Obituary For John R. Sullivan

John R. Sullivan of Cambridge, formerly of Watertown, passed away on December 30, 2022 at the age of 88 after a battle with cancer. John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Fran (Citino) Sullivan; his son Mark Sullivan; his daughter Debra Wilkes; his grandchildren who meant the world to him, grandson Drew Lorenzo and his fiancee Marissa Matos; his granddaughter Hayley Lorenzo and her fiance Tyler Pirnie. Son of the late Mary (Riccio) Sullivan and Henry Sullivan. Brother of Claire Wigandt, Mary Ann Sullivan and the late Henry and his wife Mary, Robert, Joe and his wife Elaine, Rosemarie Hullihen and Janet Sullivan and her husband Jim. The Citino family who he loved like his own, Elizabeth Citino; Orlando Citino and his wife June; and the late Vito Citino and his wife Doris; Camille Fratto and her husband Tom; Grace Colosimo and her husband Joseph; Ralph Citino and his wife Loretta; Michael Citino and his wife Terpsie; Anthony (Vic) Citino and his wife Dee; Mary Shell and her husband Bob; Anne Cucchi and her husband Tony. John was close to all his nieces and nephews and loved them dearly.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and served proudly. John worked for many years at Printed Circuit in Waltham, Norfolk County Treasurer's Office and retired from the Mass Turnpike Authority. He was also a member and past president of the Belmont Sons of Italy and worked for Clark and White and McGovern Auto of Newton after he retired from the state.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn St. WATERTOWN, on Wednesday January 4th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. A funeral Mass will be held in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday January 5th at 12:00 noon. Interment and military honors to follow in the Cambridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital at


4 Jan


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Watertown 761 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown, MA 02472 Get Directions ยป
5 Jan

Funeral Mass

12:00 PM

Sacred Heart Parish 770 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown , MA 02472 Get Directions ยป
5 Jan


12:45 PM

Cambridge Cemetery 89 Coolidge Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 Get Directions ยป
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  • 01/07/2023

    He was the nicest person and nicest relative anyone could have. I remember him showing me how to eat lupinis at his house one thanksgiving and saying I live in rock pig (Stoneham) and that Watertown is also known as flood city. Il never forget it! Miss him forever

  • 01/04/2023

    Franny I was shocked to hear of Johns passing. I'm so sorry he was a good man..hold all of the memories you made together and may they bring you comfort .

  • 01/02/2023

    So sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  • 01/02/2023

    Aunt Fran, Mark and Debbie, Thinking of you all with love and my deepest sympathy during this most difficult time. I know you all brought him so much joy and in his last days gave him comfort and peace. I will always remember him as kind and good natured Uncle John. God bless you all. Janice

  • 01/01/2023

    To the Sullivan Family: Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Michael Sullivan

  • 01/01/2023

    Aunt Fran Mark Debbie I wrap you in love and healing prayers to help you through your loss. Uncle John was the best. Love him with all my heart May he rest in Peace Amen

  • 01/01/2023

    Our heartfelt sympathies to Aunt Fran, Debbie and Mark and Drew and always knew when you went to visit for our Gary Fratto meetings, you were In store for countless stories, laughter and delicious food and a lot im of candy! These are the great memories I will cherish! Uncle John will be missed, he certainly was loved and he loved his family! โค๏ธ Danny, Sandy, Daniel, Tavo & Kristy, Daniela and Alexandra..โค๏ธ

  • 01/01/2023

    Dad just know that you were loved by us all and that we will miss you, RIP you're out of pain now you suffered long enough.

  • 01/01/2023

    Fran, Deb & Mark, our sincere condolences for your loss. John was such a wonderful man, may he Rest in Peace.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

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