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John J. Sullivan

For fifty years John J. Sullivan was one of Winchester's most impactful citizens. In recognition of John’s life-long love of Winchester and his extraordinary service to Winchester, John’s family has created the John J. Sullivan Scholarship Fund to become one of the Winchester Scholarship Foundation's endowed funds.


John spent 37 years, nearly half of his life, as the Winchester Town Moderator. During this period he was able to guide Winchester through multiple school renovation projects, develop a flood mitigation program, and negotiate many tax override debates. In recognition of John’s many community contributions, the Winchester Chamber of Commerce awarded him the 1985 Citizen of the Year award. John continued to moderate Town Meetings for 32 years after receiving this award. John was extraordinarily effective because of his community knowledge, diligent preparation, and love of Winchester.


During the 1970s John entered town politics. He was elected to three successive terms as a Selectman. John also contributed to Winchester as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Winchester Cooperative bank for 31 years from 1986 to 2017 when he moved to Florida.


Other highlights of John’s life were: Winchester High School, Villanova University, US Navy, Vietnam War Veteran, multiple leadership roles in private industry, Boston College Law School, estate lawyer at Hall and Sullivan and marriage to Leah. John will always be remembered as a great family man, friend, and integral part of Winchester. We hope you will consider a contribution to the John J. Sullivan Scholarship Fund to honor John’s great legacy and his many contributions to Winchester.

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