John  Sullivan

Obituary of John P. Sullivan

Dansville – John P. Sullivan, 82 years of age, passed away late Thursday evening June 1, 2023 at the Vincent House in Wayland. John was born in Somerville, NJ January 3, 1941 the son of John and Helen (Moran) Sullivan. He grew up and was raised in Somerville, graduating from Bernardsville High School. Subsequent to high school, John chased his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. He played for numerous teams throughout the years and then became a coach. Many organizations and coaching positions culminated with his stint with the Toronto Blue Jays. The crowning achievement being World Series Champions in back to back years of 1992-1993. John loved baseball and would do anything to help anyone with the game. John’s complete baseball bio can be found at John and Elizabeth “Betsy” Schwingel were married October 7, 1961 in Basking Ridge, NJ and together have celebrated over 61 years together. John, Betsy and their children traveled the country during his professional baseball career. In 1972 they moved to Dansville and that became their home base. Their permanent residence has been there ever since. Once John retired he was able to enjoy other hobbies. They included golf, hunting, wintering in Florida and helping out with local baseball teams. John loved and cared for people in his own way and will be missed by all his family and friends. John was predeceased by his father, Jack Sullivan (Gloria Crater) and his mother, Helen (Steve) Nemeth; his grandmother, Carrie Sullivan; a grandson, Jeffery Sullivan; his in laws, George Bacon, Mary Ellen (Arthur) Skove. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Sullivan of Dansville; his children, Carrie (Darrel) Gibson of Rochester, Jim (Jennifer) Sullivan of Dansville, Meg Sullivan (Dave Menz) of FL and Jeff (Trisha) Sullivan of Fairport; his grandchildren, Jack Gibson, Briana (Cenk) Seven, Kyle Quibell, Emma (Jesse) Lil, Tyler Sullivan and Anna Sullivan; his great grandchildren, Elaine and Dean “Sully” Lil; his siblings and in laws, Christopher (Janet) Nemeth of NJ, Ann (Jim) Heath of NC, Kathy Bacon of Dansville and Peggy (Rudy) Kraft of FL. John’s family and friends may call Monday June 5, 2023 from 4-7pm at St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for John Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 10am at St. Mary’s Church in Dansville. Interment will take place immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery in Dansville. Contributions in memory of John P. Sullivan may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland, NY 14572.

Calling Hours / Visitation

Monday June 5, 2023 ~ 4-7pm ~ St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday June 6, 2023 ~ 10am ~ St. Mary's Church, Dansville


Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville
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