In Memoriam : John Thomas Sullivan

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John Thomas Sullivan, 83, passed away on May 13 after a long struggle with dementia. His devoted and loving wife Helen was by his side, holding his hand. He passed away at his other home in Menifee, where he had been cared for by the most amazing and loving caregivers for almost three years. His family will always be grateful for the excellent care he received there. Hospice of the Valley served John for three years and his family will always be thankful to them.

John had amazing talents. He loved to draw as a hobby, played the sax, had his pilot license for small airplanes, was handy at building many projects and was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will always be remembered as a gentle and loving man with the beautiful blue eyes.

He and his wife Helen moved to Canyon Lake 22 years ago. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for many years, Canyon Lake Men’s Golf Club, CLAMS, Travel Club, Roadrunners, Tuesday Work Group and Chair Volleyball.

John loved to play golf and travel. He and Helen traveled to many places in their travel-trailer and also with the Canyon Lake Roadrunners. They enjoyed cruising to Alaska, Jamaica, Mexico, the East Coast to see fall foliage and many other locations.

John was preceded in death by his only child, Johnny, and his brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife Helen, of 29 years. He leaves behind his step-sons Michael Buckley (Maggie), Steven Buckley (Laura), Daniel Buckley (Darla) and his step-daughter Theresa Escudero (Paul). He has eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He never considered any of his children or grandchildren as “step” but always as his own. He was proud of all of them and loved them dearly. He will be missed terribly by all who knew and loved him.

As per John’s wishes, his body was donated to Loma Linda University Bodies for Science Department. There will be a private celebration of John’s life with his family on Sept. 22, just after his birthday.

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