William C. Sullivan

  • Born: November 12, 1936
  • Died: March 28, 2020
  • Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family


LACONIA, NH – William C. Sullivan of Taylor Home Drive, Laconia, NH died March 28, 2020 surrounded by his family at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation Center in Laconia, NH.

William (Bill) was born on November 12, 1936 in Keene, NH, the son of the late James E. and Marion (Condon) Sullivan, who relocated to Haverhill, MA in 1944. Bill spent 59 years married to his beloved wife Margaret M. (Magee) Sullivan, raising their family in Haverhill, MA and summers in Lake Shore Park in Gilford, NH. The highlight of their family time was summers spent at Lake Shore Park on the big lake. Bill and Margaret loved their NH retreat so much that they retired to their Gilford NH home in 2005 and split time between Gilford in the summer and their condo in Naples, FL in the winter.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer in the years between the Korean and Vietnam wars, and often told stories of his time in service. Like his father before him, Bill spent 45 years in the insurance industry as a broker and agent. He worked for over 20 years as a life insurance agent and manager at the John Hancock Life Insurance company. In 1984 Bill started his own independent insurance agency named the William C. Sullivan Insurance Agency, Inc. in Haverhill, MA (renamed to Sullivan Insurance & Financial, Inc. in 2009), which he turned over to his son Kevin P. Sullivan of Haverhill as a second generation owner. The insurance agency is a member agent of Insurance Services of New England, LLC (a network of over 55 member agents and 90 locations throughout New England).

Bill enjoyed boating on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and on the inland waterways of Naples, FL with his many friends and family. Spending nearly 60 years on Lake Winnipesaukee, Bill knew the lake like the back of his hand and enjoyed navigating home from firework displays and evenings out with his family and grandchildren. Bill passed on his love of the lake and Lake Shore Park to his family who are second generation community members now. Bill liked anything outdoors. He picked up snow skiing at age 45 to spend more time with his children, enjoyed working in his yard, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family. Bill never missed his kids' events including sporting events, class plays, semesters abroad, commissioning ceremonies and more. His greatest passion was for his family and it showed in everything he did.

In 2016, Bill and Margaret sold their condo in Naples, FL and moved to the Taylor Community so they could stay closer to family in the winter months, but still spent summers at Lake Shore Park on Lake Winnipesaukee. At Taylor they made friends and became involved in many community activities, trips and shows.

Family and friends will remember Bill as a joyful, kind, welcoming and fun-loving man who truly enjoyed life and the people who surrounded him throughout the years. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Bill is survived by his wife Margaret M. (Magee) Sullivan of Haverhill and Gilford, NH, his brother James E. Sullivan of Tewksbury and S. Dennis, MA, his three sons Michael J. Sullivan of Haverhill, Kevin P. Sullivan of Haverhill and Gilford, NH, Keith T. Sullivan of Boston and Gilford, NH, and his grandchildren Liam T. Sullivan and Quinn P. Sullivan of Haverhill, MA. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his son William P. Sullivan of Tewksbury, MA who died in 2003.

There are no services schedule at this time. Any future services or memorials will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Bill's memory to the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 406 Court St, Laconia, NH 03246 (https://stfrancisrehabcenter.org/) or to the Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246 (https://taylorcommunity.org/). Arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill. For guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com