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Claire E. Sullivan
In loving Memory of Claire E. Sullivan, 71 of West Hartford. She passed away Sunday April 4, 2021 after a brief illness at St. Francis Hospital.
She is survived by her brother, Barry Sullivan and sister-in-law, Barbara Sullivan of Bristol, 9 nieces and nephews, 6 great nieces and nephews, 1 great grandnephew and many close cousins. She was predeceased by brother William Sullivan, sister Eileen Ferraro and was the daughter of the late Bart and Helen McCarthy Sullivan.
She was born in New Haven CT and always spoke fondly of her memories of childhood growing up on Lawrence Street in New Haven before moving with her family to Hamden. She attended St. Mary’s High School and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston Massachusetts. There is where she met some of her Lifelong friends and after graduation enjoyed living life in the North End of Boston. Later returning back to Connecticut working in all different types of industries. She was loving, caring, funny and supportive person. She loved her family with abundance and was known to be a family historian. She always made a point to be involved and be known in her nieces and nephews lives. Always giving support and inspiration when she could. She loved books, learning new things and a good debate.
Claire a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend will be missed.
Memorial service will be held at later date.
In this epic year, our world has endured the COVID19 pandemic, limiting visits, especially among those who were regulars at Mary Hunts weekly gatherings. The media recounts many tragic stories of people who lost their lives to this awful disease. Our family has been spared from COVID, but sadly we too have lost beloved family members . . . Mary McCarthy Hunt (MOM/Aunt/Nanny) and Claire Sullivan.
We are here today, bound together by Hannah and Jerry and Patrick and Nellie, two brothers wed to two sisters who when leaving Ireland were told to Keep the Faith.
These two families expanded, Helen married Bart Sullivan, Mary, married Edward Hunt, and Jeremiah McCarthy married Betty, David McCarthy married Peggy Sunderland.
In her later years Mary Hunts campaign, which she told each and every one of us was: you all have to stick together. The weekly dinner gatherings and decades of Christmas parties at Marys are now cherished memories.
Mary had reason for these gatherings. . . while we are all individuals . . . each in our unique ways, we are part of an every growing special family.
Unlce David was quick to remind us of "the old days" on Lawrence street, the cornerstone where these families flourished. We were taught by an example of our forefathers, the importance of our faith and heritage. We celebrate our history.
Today we come together as a family to celebrate the life of our beautiful sister Claire. Claire always had a jovial spirit, quick wit, and constant smile. She was always happy to see you and grateful for whatever you did for her no matter how big or small.
She left us too soon. The past year wasnt always easy for Claire. She quietly dealt with many health concerns, but through it all, she always tried to have something funny to say. While cousin Ann was visiting Claire in the cardiac unit she was sitting up in bed with a wry smile on her face, telling Ann that she was trying to count the number of rocks that were in her bed . . . she told me it was a great pastime when you had nothing better to do.
I dont envy Claire, because she will be met at the pearly gates by Aunt Mary and I can only imagine Aunt Mary scolding her, What the hell are you doing here, you are years early for someone always late!
I know Claire enjoyed a good party and she is not here today at Aunt Peggy's (Sunday April 11, 2021) and it is up to us to enjoy and celebrate her memory.
Dear God, thank you for being with us now. We dont understand why illness and death come into our lives, but we do know that you walk the paths of our lives with us. And we cherish the moments we have together!
We have faith that you will welcome Claire with open arms as she joins you, and reunites with the Sullivans, McCarthys, Hunts, and comfort us as we grieve Claire. Lets remember Claire with fond and happy memories.
In your name, we pray.
May the roads rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sunshine warm upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen
Your loving cousins, Ann, and Emmett
Emmett McCarthy Apr 14 2021 12:00 AM