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News - January 16, 2013

Obituary: Richard Sullivan, Town Club regular Obituaries are based on family information.

Richard Sullivan, who lived in Menlo Park from 1963 to 1983, died peacefully at his home in Cupertino on Dec. 20. Mr. Sullivan, who was stricken with cancer, was 85.

During his years in Menlo Park, one of Mr. Sullivan's greatest joys was his association with the Menlo Town Club, a group of local businessmen who would gather on a daily basis to have lunch and play dominoes, say family members. After serving many roles with the Town Club (usually in finance), he was named honorary president.

After the club disbanded, Mr. Sullivan organized lunches at local restaurants to keep in touch with Town Club members. During the Menlo Park years, he was also a board member for California Youth Symphony and the Menlo Park Little League.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Sullivan served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his release from the service, he attended the University of Chicago, where he studied accounting. In 1951 he married Lois Powers. The couple settled in Chicago, where they began a family. They raised four sons and two daughters.

Mr. Sullivan moved to the Bay Area in 1963, working as a CPA for Alexander Grant. He began his own accounting services in Menlo Park in 1976.

His first wife, Lois, died in 1980. Mr. Sullivan married Barbara Gowman in 1983. He sold his house in Sharon Heights and moved to Cupertino with Barbara to help her raise her two teenage daughters.

Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara; daughters Linda and Laurie, both of Santa Rosa, and Jennifer and Pam, both of Sacramento; sons Mike of Kelseyville, Rick of Graniteville, South Carolina, Dave of San Luis Obispo, and Mark of San Diego; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visit tinyurl.com/Sullivan-122 to see the family's posting on Lasting Memories and to leave remembrances.

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