Bertram J. Sullivan, Jr., age 89, of Hope Valley, RI passed away on July 10, 2022 at the Westerly Health Center in Westerly, RI after a long illness. He was the husband of Barbara (Carreiro) Sullivan.
Born in Providence, RI to the late Bertram J. and Mary B. (McKinnon) Sullivan, Bertram grew up in Cranston, RI and graduated from Cranston High School. Bert apprenticed in machine toolmaking at Brown and Sharpe in Providence. He served in the Coast Guard from 1955-1959, spent time aboard an ice breaker, as well as, serving as cook for the officers. Passing on an opportunity to attend Officer’s Training School, Bert chose, instead, to return to Brown and Sharpe and, ultimately, spent in excess of 40 years there as a manufacturing engineer. He earned an Associate Degree in House Construction at New England Tech in 1995.
Throughout his life, Bert was a devout Christian and active in his church community. He served as a Sunday school teacher and Elder at Cranston United Presbyterian Church and later became and Elder at the Greenwood Presbyterian Church. He taught bible study classes, as well as, serving twice as a Trustee.
Bert spent summers at the family farm in Pictou County, Nova Scotia from the time he was a young boy. It was here that he came to understand his Scottish heritage. A proud member of the McKinnon Clan, he learned to play the bagpipes and, for many years, was Pipe Sergeant of the Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band. He enjoyed camping, music, reading, and tending to the vegetable garden at his farm, Glen Cairn.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother Charles Sullivan (Jean), his children, Jean Gagne (Dan), Kathleen Daugherty, Susan White (Michael), Bertram Sullivan III (Laurie), and Joshua Sullivan (Lisa), as well as step-children, Dr. Jane Carreriro (Dr. Frank Willard), Peter Carreiro (Dale), and Dr. Amy Carreiro (Dr. Richard Rohrs).
He was the grandfather of Carl Achin, Kristopher Daugherty, Kevin Daugherty, Elijah Sullivan, Alessandra Carreiro, Nicholas Carreiro and Brent Carreiro, and great grandfather to Camden Daughterly, Lily Daugherty, Ashley Sullivan, and Ashton Sullivan.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 33 years, Anna Arlene (Abrahamson), and siblings Dr. Ann Weaver and Eileen Coletta.
A private interment with military honors will take place at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, RI. A public memorial service will be on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 12:30 pm at the Dunn’s Corner Community Church Presbyterian, 221 Post Road, Westerly, RI 02891.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ministry Walking in Light, PO Box 906, Douglas, MA 01516 or the Children’s Ministry at Dunn’s Corner Community Church Presbyterian.
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