In Loving Memory

Vincent D. Sullivan

December 17, 1950 - January 1, 2019


Vincent DePaul Sullivan, age 68, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

He is survived by his bride of 25 years, Kathleen; his beloved mother-in-law, Betty; father-in-law, Tom Murdock; his sisters, Maureen, Regina (John), Joann (Joe), Margaret, and Tess (Kevin); his brothers, Paul (Margaret), Martin (Cathy), and Danny (Cheryl); sisters-in-law, Margaret and Anne, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and many dear friends and his angel, Lulu.  He was the beloved son of the late Maurice and Anna Sullivan.

Vincent wore many different hats and lived a great life. He left his home state of New Jersey in 1986 and moved to Chicago, where he met Kathleen and not only fell in love with her, but also with the Midwest. He was kind, gentle and generous. Everyone that met him was a better person for it.

A Celebration of his Life  will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Christ the King Catholic Church. in Daphne, AL.  The family will receive friends before the service at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Kindred Hospice of Daphne AL, Southern Cancer Center of Mobile, AL or the Pacific Garden Mission of Chicago, IL.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made online at

Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.


  1. Betty Murdock

    You were loved by many, you will be missed by all who knew you.

  2. Sheila and Manny Lunin

    Dear Kathleen
    We send our sincerest condolences to you, your Mom and Dad and the rest of the family on the loss of your beloved Vinnie. May he get in peace.
    Sheila and Manny Lunin

  3. JoAnn Kahler

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Marybeth LaPorta

    Kathleen & Family,
    My condolences, I am a business associate that worked with / in the same industry as Vincent for many years.
    He was one of a kind. Kathleen he spoke so sweetly of you and often. A true gentlemen in the industry.
    He was so kind the first to give up his chair at an industry event. A great guy always a smile on his face.
    My deepest condolences. God Bless. Marybeth LaPorta

  5. Felicia Clark

    My Dearest Kathleen and Family:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My most sincere condolences to all of you. May The Lord bless you and keep you at this time and always.

  6. Felicia Clark

    Dearest Kathleen
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Love you friend. Felicia

  7. Katie Burke Kennedy

    You lit up a room just by your smile and laugh. Rest In Peace, uncle Vinnie, my beloved godfather! Sending prayers of strength and comfort to you, Kathleen, and all who loved Vincent.

  8. Ginny Ryan

    The most loyal, caring, and funny friend one could have. I’m sending love to you, Kathleen, may his love for you and yours for him see you through the tough days.

  9. Bevan Bush

    I love you my brother! You will always be in my heart. We have so so many great and fond memories of our brief times together. I’ll raise a Cockspur in your honour. Love Bevan

  10. Luis R. Sanchez

    Vincent was loved by all at Seton Hall Prep and his smile and loud laughter gave joy to many.

  11. Charles Rogers

    Vinnie and I had a very special relationship for over 50 years. We first met at a run down apartment building in Boston during our first year in college. He went to UMass Boston and I went to Suffolk University. We met one night in the communal kitchen in the basement where we were both trying to make a meal out of scraps we could pull together. From that first moment Vinnie and I met we became fast friends and shared some unforgettable experiences as we worked our way through college and for a few years after. We both became family to one another and built a friendship that lasted through all the years that followed regardless of where were living or what we were doing. One of Vinnie’s greatest wins was when he met Kathleen and built a life with her. It was the happiest time in his life. Over the past several years while we were separated geographically we always stayed in touch. Fortunately we were able to get together in Naples Florida for a visit and my family and I had the chance to spend some time with both Vinnie and Kathleen. What a great couple together. While my wife and kids only saw Vinnie a few times they all came away from those experiences loving him for the truly exceptional person he has always been. Kind to a fault , thoughtful, and always with a great sense of humor and joy. Our lives were all better for knowing Vinnie. I will miss him a lot but will never forget him.

    Our love and support to Kathleen and Vinnie ‘s family.

    Charlie, Evelyn, Jessica and Nicole Rogers

  12. Debbie Burke

    Kathleen and Family,

    Mike and I are very sorry for your sorrows. You always, always spoke very sweetly of Vince and I wish we had gotten to know him better. Debbie and Mike Burke

  13. Darlette Porebski

    Kathleen, Tom and I send our deepest condolences to you. We will always remember Vince as a really nice guy. He was a warm, fun, and embracing person. He had a great smile and enjoyed being around friends. He always made me feel right at home, Tom too. You two were so cute together. We are so sorry for your loss. RIP Vince. Our sympathy, love, and prayers to you, and the Murdock and Sullivan families.


    Back in the high school and college years Vinny was a constant presence in our house, one of my brother’s close friends and a friend to all of us. He always had a kind word and always managed to come out of any of our youthful mix-ups in good shape, a gift!

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

  15. Matt

    Eternal rest grant Vince Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upone him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, Rest In Peace. Amen.
    Kathleen we are so sorry for the loss of you Sweet Vinny. The love you shared for 32 years is a love that will live on forever. Your cousin Matt, Jen, Genevieve, Danny, Gabriel, Margaritte and Elizabeth Kenah

  16. Annie Cla er (Annabelle)

    You were the kindest man I ever knew. You loved my sister perfectly. Katie and I miss you terribly

  17. Patrick & Kate Cotter

    Dear Kathleen & Family,
    Kate and I are so sorry for your loss. Vincent was a fun, caring, generous, and gregarious man. We feel blessed to have known him and had him in our lives for many years. Our prayers are with you, his family, and all who loved him.

    Peace and God bless,
    Pat & Kate Cotter

  18. Katie Claver

    You are always going to be my uncle Woo Woo! I often think of my summers up in Michigan, wishing I could be back in those times. I love you always ♥️

  19. Patricia Rooney Taggert

    Dear Kathleen,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Although we didn’t know Vince
    personally, we know he was a wonderful person through your mom’s frequent Facebook posts. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our condolences, the Taggert Family.

  20. Linda D. Rasmussen

    Kathleen & Family, I was so saddened to hear of Vincent’s passing. You are in the thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace and may God grant you His grace and comfort. Sincerely, Linda Rasmussen, one of your New Jersey cousins on your Grandfather’s side.

  21. Carl Temple

    My condolences to the Sullivan Family & Friends………….Vinnie was a beloved member of the Ocean Transportation Industry in the Midwest. Always with a smile and kind words did he handle the world. An inspiration to all those to worked with him or around him – a positive attitude that carried his spirit in life. I’ll miss you dear friend. My prayers to the family and friends to heal through God’s love.

  22. Jack Boyle

    Vinnie always remember Humarock Beach Massachusetts with you and Wayne Ogden and the many laughs.

  23. Dennis Caren

    Kathleen…Our deepest condolences to you and and your family.

    Vince and I worked together at Columbus Line in NYC. It was a fun time and computer type services were just coming on and Vince picked up on it right away. I benefited from Vince’s skills and always thought of Vince as a real partner as we moved along professionally. What I best remember about Vince was when we would talk from time to time over years is how he would first ask about my wife and kids by name…and then business. Vince truly was a very special person…a role model! He will be missed…I feel lucky to have known Vince! Dennis Caren

  24. Jeff Logan

    Kathleen and family
    I am so very sorry to learn about Vince. It has been a few years since I last saw him here in Houston. I just so happened to be dating a colleague that he had known very well and she surprised me by dragging me to some dinner only to have set the whole thing up between Vince and I. Vince had no idea as well. I remember seeing his smiling face plain as day. We of course shared many sea stories and libations and caught up quickly. I always loved sharing stories with him and we would constantly laugh. I always promised him we would stop by in Alabama but life just swooped me away. I too am seeing my mother beat breast cancer twice only to get cancer again and not being able to fight it anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  25. Tom McManus

    Kathleen and entire Sullivan family… So sorry to hear of Vincent’s passing. We have very fond memories of his trips to Ireland.
    We enjoyed many fun times with him and looked forward to his visit. Too young to go.. He’s in all our prayers.. your cousin Tom McManus and family Soran Ballinalee.

  26. Jan Stolzenburg

    Dear Kathleen and family!
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Vince. This information came as a big shock to me. I am praying that our heavenly Father will comfort you and give you strength in your big loss. I remember the time when he came to Chicago and I was able to hand over the office of Columbus Line to him. Those were good times and we worked closely in the years afterwards. He did a great job for the company. Even though we did not communicate since I left the company, I will miss him.

  27. Rolf Kohler

    Sorry Vinnie, I still have the key for the men’s room on the 32nd, floor of the WTC you organized for me in ’78.

    You’ll get it back when we meet again.

    Until then – you’ll be missed, Bro!

  28. Tony & Barbara Anzano

    Dear Kathy – Barbara and I just learned of Vinnie’s passing and wish to extend our most sincere condolences. Please know that along with the tears, a flood of great memories came to us as we looked back in time. Vinnie was extremely special – a true friend that could always be counted on and we’re very thankful that he is a part of our life’s story. God Bless………….

  29. Paul Brennan

    Dear Kathleen:

    You and the family know better than anyone the light we all lost with Vince’s passing. Gregarious, charming and generous only begin to describe him. Please know that at our last dinner together in Michigan, he made it clear to me how lucky he was to have you in his life. I’m sure I am not alone when I say, Vinny, next time dinner is on me, I owe you.

    Note to St. Peter: Vince will be the one arriving on the purple Triumph.

  30. Chris Langella

    While I did not know “Sully” later in life, I had the privilege of knowing him in high-school while at Seton Hall Prep. A very energetic and positive guy!
    Sorry to hear of his passing, however our faith teaches us to patiently await the time when we will be reunited.

  31. barb mcconville

    Kathleen, Sullivan and Murdock Families, I didn’t know Vince but from postings on FB I could tell you and Vince were soul mates. Our deepest sympathy.
    All our love,
    Barb and Dan
    Lenore and Pat

  32. Catherine

    To Kathleen and all the Sullivan families. So sorry on the loss of one of our dear cousins Vincent. We loved his many visits to Ireland and have many cherished memorable times with him. He will always be remembered in Ballinalee and continues to live in our hearts. Vincent RIP
    Cousin Catherine McManus and family Longford and Galway Ireland

  33. Shawn Diebold

    Dear Kathleen,

    My heart is completely broken for you in this tremendous loss of your love Vinny. He was a dear friend and mentor to me for many years and he will be missed more than words can describe. I first met him as my boss at Contship in the early 90’s and I learned so much from him and we always had a great time traveling together. His stories were unforgettable, as is he. I will always think of him on Dec 17, as I do every year since we shared the same birthday. He was the kindest gentleman and so loved to have fun, that will be how I will always remember him. I know the pain of losing your partner is unbearable. Please know I hold you in my warmest thoughts, wishing you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead. I’m so terribly sorry for the loss of a very special man and most unforgettable man. RIP my dear friend, Vinny Xx

  34. Paulene Henmueller

    Vince was one in a million. A finer man cannot be found.
    Vince was intelligent, kind, thoughtful, considerate, humorous, a joy to know and work alongside.
    I will miss him and remember him with heartfelt memories of our time together.
    God bless you my dear friend.
    My deepest condolences to Kathleen and the Sullivan Family.

    Paulene Henmueller

  35. Don G.

    Dear Kathleen,

    It is difficult to put into words the person that Vince was. He was friend who would go through a brick wall for you. He was someone who genuinely cared about what was happening in your life. He was a true gentleman from days gone by. He was the ultimate professional in his field. He enjoyed life! And what a memory! When I couldn’t remember the name of someone or the name of particular company, I didn’t Google it. I used to “Sullivan it”. A call to Vince and I had my answer. There are so many good times to look back on! Boy did we have some fun together! I will cherish my friendship for ever.


  36. Andy Tatara

    Dear Kathleen. So sad to hear my VIP friend Vince left me and going to another world. Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Vince’s pal in Japan Andy Tatara

  37. Tom Loftus

    Dear Kathleen, I did not know Vincent well but enjoyed the few occasions that I was with him. Funny, kind and really down to earth. May God support you and your family as you move forward from this sad time.

    Tom Loftus

  38. Mary Pat and Alan Benke

    Dear Kathleen and to all my Sullivan Cousins, Our condolences for your loss. You are in our prayers. Vinnie will be fondly remembered, Godspeed. With love, Mary Pat and Alan Benke


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