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Matthew John-Joseph Sullivan

October 29, 0085 — July 21, 2023


Matthew John Joseph Sullivan, “Sully”, was born on October 29th, 1985 in Worcester, Mass and was later adopted by his loving parents, Suzanne and Lawrence Sullivan. Growing up Matt looked up to his big brother John immensely and loved spending time with him any chance he got. He often said John was the one who taught him how to live and live well. As a young man, Matt and his mother spent countless hours at the church together as well, sharing a deep bond and Catholic faith. In 2004, Matthew graduated from St, John High school and went on to do two tours in the Marines Special Forces before being honorably discharged with two bronze service stars, and several other medals and awards. Matt loved his time in the Marines and loved to travel, never liking to be in one place too long.

Matthew was very smart and stubborn, never letting anything hold him back. After the Marines he went on to play soccer in college. Matt loved playing soccer or any sport really. And betting on them. He continued to participate in all kinds of adult sport leagues throughout his life, where he made amazing friends. His favorite team, despite being from Boston, was always the Dallas Cowboys. 

Matt also spent time fighting wildfires before becoming a father to his two beautiful daughters, Mikeala and Lyv. Matthew loved being a father and cherished each moment he had with his girls taking them to the park, Disney on Ice, and lots of movie nights with snuggles. He was a wonderful Dad and Godfather to his Godson Eli and believed in living every moment to the fullest.

In later years after experiencing several family tragedies, Matthew moved to Oklahoma where he made a new family of sorts with his friends from the Deuce. It was in Oklahoma Matt met his partner of two years, Brittany, and grew to love her large chaotic family as his own. Matt  was an amazing cook and loved sharing his gift with those he loved, often cooking on special occasions for family and friends. Matt and Brittany loved each other deeply from the very beginning and planned to get married and leave Oklahoma.

Sully was forever young at heart and hard to keep up with despite his many service injuries, You could often find him at the bar or gambling with a Jamo ginger in hand. He was handsome, witty, and ornery to the core. Beloved by many, Matt never met a stranger and had a huge heart for helping people, particularly veterans. Before his death Matthew was managing a healthcare facility, but transitioning back to assisting and counseling veterans, his true passion. Matthew had a gift to make anyone laugh even at the worst of times.

Matthew is preceded in death by his mother, Suzanne Sullivan, his brother, John Sullivan, his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Maria Frechette, his paternal grandparents, Abbey and John Sullivan, all of Worcester, Mass. and many loving friends too countless to name. 

He is survived by his father Lawrence Sullivan of Worcester, Mass, his daughter, Mikeala Ledoux of Boston, his maternal uncle Joseph Frechette of Worcester, Mass, his loving partner, Brittany Brunson of the home in Bethany, special family friend Maureen Walsh of Worcester, and his very dear friends Tim Charest and Rick Goodrich, both of Worcester, Mass.

Matthew was one of a kind and will never be forgotten by any who met him. Even in death, Matt continued to give and chose to donate his organs and tissue to those in need.

Matthew will be laid to rest in Boston with his mother and brother with a small graveside service. Another memorial service will be held in Oklahoma. Date to be determined. A virtual guestbook is available to leave condolences and memories. 

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