Sullivan, William A. Sr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

William 'Bill' Sullivan passed away on Saturday, 1/26 suddenly but peacefully in the caring hands of the wonderful staff of the VA Community Living Centre, American Lake, Tacoma, Washington.

Bill was born to Timothy and Elizabeth Sullivan from County Cork Ireland, on September 24, 1923 on Manhattan’s West side.

Bill was a WWII D-Day Veteran and jumped into Normandy with the Army’s 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division on June  6, 1944. He was the A-Co. Radio Operator. He was awarded a Purple Heart during the war and presented with the French Legion d’Honor in Paris in June 2008.

Upon his return from the War, Bill married his wife, Lorraine (Ray) Sullivan and had five children – Lynne, who sadly passed in her sleep in 1969; William Jr. (Billy) Sullivan; Carol Clifford, Jean (Rench) Sullivan and Steven Sullivan. Bill was the proud Grandfather of Daniel (Rench) and Jack (son of Carol and Robert Clifford). Lorraine passed away in August of 1981 and continues to be missed.

Bill (Sully) worked as a cameraman for ABC, the American Broadcasting Company, for 40 years which led him to travel all over the world. He operated the camera for Broadcasts of the Olympic Games in places like London, Rome, Innsbruck, Tokyo, Grenoble and Calgary. Bill covered critical historic events for ABC, working as the cameraman at the White House, covering the activities of President John F. Kennedy’s family after his assassination in 1963. He also covered the Martin Luther King Jr march to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Bill proudly received seven Emmy awards for his camera work at ABC.
In 1988, Bill met his second wife, Elizabeth, of more than 26 years at the media village in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1988. They were married in Ireland on November 26, 1992 surrounded by Elizabeth’s children Siobhan (Vipond) and Michael (Pettigrew). He was the proud Grandfather of Mariead (daughter of Siobhan and Todd Vipond), and beloved Uncle to Denise Anderson.

Bill led a full and eventful life, from founding and leading the Lawrence KS St Patrick’s Day Parade that raised more than $800,000 for local children’s charities, to returning to Normandy every year for more than 40 years to acknowledge and celebrate D-Day with his comrades and friends, especially (predeceased) Bob Murphy.

Viewing will be held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan on Friday, Feb. 1, from 2-4, and 7-9pm. A Mass to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10am with burial following at Rockland Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his daughter, Lynne and first wife, Lorraine.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Society ( or a charity of your choice.