CDR F. M. "Spike" Sullivan, USN, Ret.


PORTSMOUTH - CDR. F.M. "Spike" Sullivan,78, of 109 Adams Drive, Portsmouth, RI, died Friday, April 8, 2005 at home.

He was the husband of Barbara (Baxter) Sullivan.

Born in Andover, MA, on February 25, 1927, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Greely) Sullivan.

Spike was a Real Estate Broker and Developer in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, concentrating his efforts on Aquidneck Island.

CDR. F.M. "Spike" Sullivan enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October, 1944 and graduated Officers Candidate School in 1955. Commander Sullivan was commissioned in September of 1955. As a commissioned officer, he served aboard the USS McCard, on the Staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty Four at the Naval Communications Station in Washington, D.D., as a Commanding Officer of the USS Somersworth, as Executive Officer of the USS Hank, and on the Staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron Ten. He served as Executive Officer of the Naval Communications Station in San Miguel, Phillipines, and finally as Commanding Officer of the USS William R. Rush, before retiring in 1972. He served in 3 wars over 27 years in the U.S. Navy, including 2 years on loan with the Royal Canadian Navy.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara Sullivan of Portsmouth, RI; son Michael D. Sullivan of Bristol, RI; three daughters Jean Sullivan Ciejka of Portsmouth, RI, Doreen Sullivan Beck of Warren, RI, Karen Sullivan Day of North Kingstown, RI; 2 brothers James Sullivan of Greenville, NC, AJ Sullivan of Farmington, NC; one sister Elizabeth Lawlor of Framingham, MA; eight grandchildren: Michael Ciejka of Portsmouth, RI, Jennifer Ciejka of Portsmouth, RI, Brian, Thomas and William Sullivan of Bristol, RI, Alexandra Sullivan of Warren, RI, Leland Beck of Warren, RI, and Christopher Day of North Kingstown, R.I.

He was the brother of the late John, Edward, Margaret and Mary Sullivan.

A graveside service will be held Friday, April 15, 2005 at 11:30 am in North Burial Ground, Route 114, Bristol.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. and Friday morning, from 9-11 a.m. in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Route 114, Portsmouth, RI.