Gerard “Jerry” Sullivan, 80, of Passaic, New Jersey, died in his home Dec. 9, 2020.
Born June 21, 1940, in Chicago, he grew up in Kingsbridge.
After graduating from St. John’s School and Manhattan Prep, he earned his bachelor’s of business administration from Manhattan College, and completed master’s-level courses at Baruch College. He worked evenings for 12 years, overseeing P.S. 7’s after-school programs, and served five years in the Army National Guard.
He enjoyed a successful professional career with Chase Manhattan Bank. Awarded Manhattan region bank manager of the year in 1986, he consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of more than 200 branch leaders. As second vice president, he managed Chase’s prestigious 1 New York Plaza branch in the Financial District.
Before retiring, he managed branches with several regional banks in New Jersey.
He loved the fun and competition of track and field events, road races and triathlons. An avid walker, he logged countless miles on Van Cortlandt Park trails with this dad, in between mid-Manhattan destinations, and around his neighborhood.
His home away from home was the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, New Jersey. His family is grateful for the years of friendships, camaraderie and food he enjoyed there.
He always looked forward to reuniting with his childhood friends from the Bronx at Billy Weaver’s annual Christmas parties. A great storyteller, several of his articles reminiscing about Kingsbridge were published in Bronx periodicals.
He was a devoted husband and father, and faithful parishioner of Saint Clare Catholic Church in Clifton for more than 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerard “Sully” and Regina “Genie” (Hopkins) Sullivan; his brother Tommy; and his wife of 46 years, Kathryn.
He is survived by his three children, Vincent, Carol and Irene; his sister Susan (John) D’Adamo; and several nieces and nephews.
His cremated remains will be interred at Ascension Cemetery, 650 Saddle River Road in Airmont, on Saturday, April 17, with a chapel Mass at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jerry Sullivan may be made to charities of choice.