Jeremiah Edward Sullivan III

THORNDIKE – Jeremiah Edward Sullivan III, 69, of Thorndike passed away at his home Friday, April 2, 2021, with family by his side. Jerry, nicknamed “Butch” by his father, was born in Bangor on May 22, 1951, the son of Jeremiah Jr. and Lorraine (York) Sullivan.

Jerry graduated from Mount View High School in Thorndike in 1970. He grew up on the family farm and worked with his father and brothers in the woods. As an adult, Jerry founded Sullivan’s Waste Disposal and Recycling, which he owned and operated for over 40 years.

A farmer at heart, Jeremiah enjoyed raising Hereford cattle, chickens, horses, and numerous other animals at his home, which came to be known as Shamrock Valley Farm. He loved all of God’s creatures and never hesitated to help an animal in need. Jerry also had a deep love for music and enjoyed sharing his rich, baritone voice with others, whether at home with his family or performing onstage at the Marsh River Theater in Brooks. Jeremiah was also an avid square-dancer and instructor. He was a people-person and a friend to all, always going out of his way for others with a generous smile and a helping hand.

While he had many pastimes, Jerry’s favorite thing to do was spend time with his family. He loved being Dad and Grampie, roles which he embraced with wholehearted love and affection. His other favorite role was that of husband to Elizabeth, the love of his life. She was his business partner, dance partner, best friend, and caretaker. The additional family that came with their marriage gave Jeremiah even more recipients for the love of his huge heart.

Jeremiah was predeceased by his parents, Jeremiah Jr. and Lorraine Sullivan; siblings, Brenda, Richard, and Ralph Sullivan; special cousin, Patricia Hughes; and beloved dog, Honey Buns.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Elizabeth; children, Jeremiah “Jay” Edward Sullivan IV and wife Sarah of Mashpee, Mass., Jared Sullivan of Troy, Merri-Ella Greenberg and husband Charles of Thorndike, Carla Ellis and husband Clayton of Brooks, and Corinna Boisvert and husband Ross of Hooksett, N.H.; grandchildren, Sydney, Micaela, and Isaac Ellis, and Hannah and William Boisvert; and special niece, Tracy Mulligan.

The family would like to thank Northern Light Home Care and Hospice for all of their support and special friend Kevin Nealley for all of his help and support, especially in the past year. Due to COVID-19, there will be no public service at this time.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

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