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Vincent J. Sullivan

Obituary for Vincent J. Sullivan

July 19, 1946 - October 24, 2018
Leander, Texas | Age 72


Vincent J Sullivan (Edward) 72 of Leander, Texas. Died October 24th at St David's Round Rock Medical Center following a brief illness. His wife Pippa and his son Jim were by his side.

Vince was born on July 19, 1946 in Staunton, Ilinois to Edward and Gladys (Schultz) Sullivan. Edward was the town Doctor and Gladys an RN raised a large family. Vince was the youngest of 6 boys - Jim, Bill, Bob, Tom, and John. After High School, Vince joined the US Navy where he spent 4 years as an Electronics Tech and part of an E2 Flight crew. He and his first wife Karon had two sons; Jim and Joe. After a few years in Champaign, Ilinois., Vince and family settled in Washington, Ilinois. and spent the next 10 years developing many life-long relationships. In his free time, Vince demonstrated his devotion to his community in many ways. He was a little league Coach for many years. The Athletic Director at St Patrick's Catholic School in Washington, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

While in the Navy, he developed skills in radio communications, which led him to a career in the telecom industry. He began his career with Illinois Bell and GTE in Illinois; finally relocating to Houston with GTE Mobilenet (Now Verizon). Vince served as one of the pioneering team members that helped propel the cellular communications industry in Houston as well as several other cities nation-wide. Vince remained proud of both the relationships he made and accomplishments the team achieved during his career. Vince and Karon divorced in 1990 and remained friends until her death in 2013.

While in Houston, met and fell in love with Pippa Dean. Pippa had two children Daughter Alix and Son Max. Pippa (Vince's "Old Woman") and Vince (Pippa's "Old Man") began their relationship in 1992 and relocated together to Atlanta, El Paso, and Houston for Vince's career. The two married in 1994 and remained deeply in love. Vince retired from Verizon in 2006 and the two relocated to Leander, Texas to be closer to her children in the Austin area. During their 24 years of marriage, Pip and Vince enjoyed spending time with their growing extended families. Jim and his wife Christine (Oelkers) have two children Son Trevor (27 - US Navy Norfolk,Viriginia.) and Daughter Ashley (20 - Student Oklahoma State). Alix Dean has a son (16 - Charlie Student Austin, Texas) and Max Dean and his wife, Amy (Chou) have a Son James (18 months - Austin, Texas). Vince and Pip cherished their families Vince was always in front of the grill all the while enjoying a Shiner or two during the family gatherings.

Vince, ever the story teller and practical joker, never had a story that he couldn't make even better the next time he told it, enjoyed sitting around a table outside his home with friends and family, telling stories, picking on the grandkids, and drinking Shiner late into the night. He had an incredible love for life and also enjoyed going to country bars dancing and drinking "Boo" (AKA Beer), playing golf, watching baseball, and attending University of Texas Football games with Max wearing both UT clothes along with competing university colors; including University of Tulsa (Trevor's School), Oklahoma State, (Ashley's School), and Texas A&M, Vince's forbidden favorite.

Vince will be forever missed but his family and friends will always have the memories to cherish and are thankful for the time they were able to spend with him. God's speed dad – we love you!

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you direct any contributions to the following organizations, as their work is very meaningful to Vince, Pippa and their families. The Central Texas SPCA or American Heart Association

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  • In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you direct any contributions to the following organizations, as their work is very meaningful to Vince, Pippa and their families. The American Heart Association.
  • The Central Texas SPCA

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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home - Leander/Cedar Park

1200 South Bagdad Rd.
Leander, TX 78641
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