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Daniel J. Sullivan

SHARON — Daniel J. Sullivan, 79, husband of Mary C. Farrell of Madison, Conn., passed away on Oct. 14, 2018, due to complications of pancreatic cancer. His family was by his side. 

He grew up in Stoughton, Mass., and attended Stoughton High School. In 1961, he graduated from Harvard University and earned his law degree at Columbia Law School in 1964. 

He practiced law as a litigator for 50 years in New York City. He worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison; the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York under Robert M. Morgenthau and Whitney North Seymour Jr.; Lovejoy, Wasson, Lundgren & Ashton; his own firm Murray, Hollander, Sullivan & Bass; and Christry & Viener (which later merged with Salans). Dan loved vividly and dramatically recounting his intriguing cases. 

He biked, skied, ran, played tennis and gardened in Sharon from 1973 to 1995. He loved sailing; in 1978, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Long Island to the Azores off the coast of Portugal in 17 days in a 32-foot sailboat with three friends. He was also passionate about history. He was famous for his charming Boston accent, quick smile, eagerness to help others, and easy manner. 

Dan was very engaged with his daughter Monique (Sullivan) Lowitt of Sharon and London, and her husband, Ian Lowitt, and his granddaughters, Natasha and Sabina; and his son, Gregory Sullivan of New York City and Barryville, N.Y., and his husband, David Riley. He warmly welcomed into his life his stepchildren, Stephen Rahl, Kaitlin (Rahl) Brandt and her husband, Nicholas Brandt, and grandchildren James, Lila and Finn. He is also survived by two sisters, two brothers and their spouses. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan’s honor can be made to E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison CT 06443, Attn: Kari Castelli.  Please note the contribution is in honor of Daniel J. Sullivan.