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Atty. John L. Sullivan, Jr.

Loving husband, father and grandfather;

Atty. John L. Sullivan, Jr.  76, of Chelmsford, a well-known Greater Lowell attorney, passed away on Saturday September 17, 2022, at the High Pointe Hospice House in Havehill. He was the beloved husband of the late Anne C. (Grimshaw) Sullivan who predeceased him on February 22, 2012 after 42 years of marriage.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 13, 1946, he was the son of the late John L. and the late Virginia (Dunlavey) Sullivan. John L. was a graduate of St. Michael Grammar School, Keith Academy and Providence College. He received his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 1975.

John was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry and served a one year tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Highly decorated for his service, Lt. Sullivan was the recipient of the Bronze Star.

He was a partner with the law firm of Qua, Hall, Harvey and Walsh of Lowell and Chelmsford for many years in the general practice of law. Atty. Sullivan then operated his own private practice in Lowell from 1995 to 2005 and was later admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

He also served as General and Labor Counsel for the Dracut Public Schools for over 25 years and was elected President of the Council of School Attorneys for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was a member of both the Massachusetts and Greater Lowell Bar Associations.

In 2005, John was appointed as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Trial Court of the Commonwealth assigned to the Malden District Court.

He truly enjoyed this final chapter of his law career and felt it was an opportunity to share his legal experiences in a meaningful and helpful way with those not familiar with the legal system.

Among his many interests, he was a longtime member of the Long Meadow Golf Club where his main objective was to keep his golf ball “in play.” But first and foremost, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

John is survived by his beloved sons John L. Sullivan III, Esq. and his wife Jennifer of Natick, MA and Christopher J. Sullivan and his wife Kellie of North Chelmsford, MA; two granddaughters Cheshire and Braeden Sullivan; two grandsons C.J. Sullivan and Jack Ryan Sullivan; and many friends met along the way.

SULLIVAN – Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Thursday September 22, 2022, from 4 to 7 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Friday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing to do so may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (8)
  • George Gauthiier  - ka64 classmate and dad to BG sttudents
    John will be missed by his Keith Academy classmates. I last saw John at a reunion luncheon in 2017. We talked of his boys' BG years when John played soccer in my program and Chris played freshman baseball for me. He was so proud of you. Once again, my condolences on the passing of your father.
  • Linda Bown
    John was such a delightful gentleman . My husband (Dr Mark Bown) considered him a great friend . You are in my prayers . Linda Bown
  • Brian Stafford
    Such a great loss for everyone who knew him. friends since childhood and his wife worked with my mother for many years . Always a pleasure to see him and such a smiling gentleman. A life well lived. sorry I am away. God bless
  • Terrence Downes
    John L. Sullivan, Jr. was a warm, generous man, and a respected lawyer and clerk/magistrate. His dedication to his family, community and country earned him the admiration of all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
  • Matt and Kathleen Espelin
    To the Sullivan Family, Your father/ grandfather was a kind, generous and energetic person. His smile, laugh and loyalty will always be remembered. We wish you comfort and faith with the belief that he is resting peacefully now with Mrs.Sullivan. Your friends, The Espelins
  • Mally Grimshaw  - Where did the time go?
    The past year opened a flood of memories of the constant presence of John L. and Anne in my family’s lives. A lifetime of milestones we passed together I fondly remember. Well done! There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3-1 Where did the time go? Rest in eternal peace. Mally Grimshaw
  • Phyllis Reynolds
    Rest In Peace John L, I will miss you.
  • Michael Sullivan
    To the Sullivan Family: Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Michael Sullivan And the Members of the Superior Court Clerks Association
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