Walter L. Sullivan Jr., age 83, of Scituate, MA, January 9, 2019, a practicing attorney on the South Shore of Boston for over 50 years. Loving husband of 57 years to Mary L. (Bean) Sullivan. Devoted father of Reverend Justine Sullivan of Northborough, Massachusetts and her spouse, Dale Hall, Walter B. Sullivan of Hingham, MA and his spouse, Anita J. Comerford. Devoted grandfather to Olivia, Luke and Liam Sullivan of Hingham, brother to the late Francis X. Sullivan of Andover, MA and Harold Sullivan of Weymouth, MA. At the request of the family, the burial services will be private.
Walter was a proud alumnus of St. Clement High School (’53), Boston College (’57) and after serving the United States Army, he attended New England School of Law (’62). He practiced as a lawyer in Boston for nine years before founding his own law firm in Scituate, which now is located in Norwell and known as Sullivan & Comerford, P.C. As a sole practitioner, he experienced great success which he himself attributed to having the great wisdom to listen to his wife Mary who kept the law practice humming as the Office Manager, Receptionist and Bookkeeper and any other job that needed doing in the office. He earned a reputation in the legal community as an ethical, honest and highly competent attorney in the area of zoning and real estate and never hesitated to help or assist other attorneys who sought his advice and wisdom. In 1993, Walter contemplated hanging up the bow tie to enjoy semi-retirement. However, he switched gears and instead took on a law partner; his son, Walter B. Sullivan, and one year later, they were joined by his daughter-in-law Anita J. Comerford. For the next 23 years, Walter and Walter enjoyed practicing law together, side by side.
Walter understood the importance of community and took on many volunteer responsibilities. He was a past trustee of numerous charitable and community organizations, including the Scituate Chamber of Commerce and the Quechee Lakes Landowner Association in Vermont.
He loved the practice of law as it allowed him to help people in need. It was very common for his clients to call the office on any given Saturday or Sunday and find him available and ready to assist. If he was not in the office, he most assuredly was enjoying time with his wife, Mary, in Quechee, Vermont golfing, hiking and relaxing; or Spiddal, Ireland, golfing, touring, and experimenting to achieve the perfect balance of the “black and tan”; or, Lenox, MA golfing, reading, and visiting Tanglewood; or just staying home and taking his grandchildren to the “Spit” or the golf course. He also enjoyed watching and attending Boston College football games with Mary. In his later years, Walter found a new passion, being a grandfather to his three grandchildren, Olivia, Luke and Liam. Walter was always eager to attend his grandchildren’s school events, ballet recitals, plays, athletic contests, challenge them to a chess match and engage them in intellectual discussion, usually stimulated by articles he introduced to them from the Globe’s Sunday magazine.
A memorial service and brunch is planned for the summer of 2019. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. For his full obituary and online guest book, visit McNamara Sparrell Funeral Home, Norwell, MA at www.mcnamara-sparrell.com.