Deacon Kevin Sullivan of Corpus Christi passed away at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack Aug. 21. He recently moved into the Diocese of Beaumont, and Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, appointed him as deacon at St. Mary, Cleveland, effective Aug. 10.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Corpus Christi Nov. 11, 2008.
“He was a real friendly guy and real excited about being a deacon. He had only been a deacon for three years,” Father Eric Groner, SVD, pastor of St. Mary, said.
Deacon Sullivan had given the homily at the vigil Mass Aug. 20 and had plans to preach at all the weekend Masses.
Before becoming a deacon, he served in the U.S. Air Force, was a police officer for the city of Corpus Christi, a deputy for the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, Commander of the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force, and retired from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in 2010.
“Kevin was a man of great faith in God. He never met a stranger, was patient, and was the most nonjudgmental man,” his wife Linda Sullivan said.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, sons Kevin Sullivan Jr. and wife Debbie, Charles Sullivan and wife Theresa, and Sean Sullivan and wife Jessica, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A rosary will be held Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. All services will be held at Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Corpus Christi.