|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1944|
|Death: ||May 12, 2007|
Edward F. Sullivan, 62
PORTLAND -- Edward F. Sullivan (known to many as Expo Eddie), 62, of
Portland, died peacefully May 12 at the Barron Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Portland on Aug. 9, 1944, to Mark and Dorothy Welch Sullivan. He grew up in South Portland until the death of his mother in 1961. He then moved to 77 Spruce St. to live with his Aunt Helen and Uncle John McDonough.
Eddie was an avid fan and mascot for Portland High School Sports. He attended Portland city council meetings anytime school issues were on the agenda. Ed was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Singles Network.
Ed was a remarkable man with Down syndrome who didn't let it stop him from living such a full and independent life. He knew so many people in the city of Portland, as he would walk and ride the bus to get around. He cared for many of the people that showed him support and attention in his life. The community of Portland looked after him, and he tried to give back in his own ways as well.
Portland High School historian, Peter Gribbin, recalls how long and faithfully he supported PHS athletics: I still have people at the games or just on the street asking about Ed. For four decades, Eddie Sullivan was a unique combination of batboy, assistant manager, water boy, and especially 'super fan and mascot' for the Portland High bulldogs. From the early 1960s until a few years ago, no one attended more P.H.S. games, both home and away, than Eddie. 'Expo Eddie' was synonymous with Portland High School athletics, and was a well-known figure not only to generations of Bulldog fans, but also to the high school sports fans of southern Maine.
When he was younger Ed, being a big Red Sox fan, would take trips with Frank Fixaris to spring training. He would also head out on his own to a few Red Sox games at Fenway Park.
Ed's birthday was always a big day with partying. For about 10 years, the mayors of Portland would proclaim Aug. 9 Edward Sullivan Day in the city because of all his involvements within the city and PHS.
When Ed was healthier, Ed would be seen most days at the noon Mass at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Ed leaves behind a brother, Mark and wife Carol Sullivan of South Portland; nieces Kathy and her husband Peter Thompson, and their children Kaitlyn and Ryan, of Cumberland, Sheri and her husband Brian Truax of Chesapeake, Va.; and a nephew, Steven Sullivan of South Portland; and niece Carol and her husband Tracy Camden of Limington; and several cousins.
The family would like to thank all the people at the Barron Center who made Ed feel loved and comfortable in his final years.
Visiting hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. On Wednesday, a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford. com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed's name could be sent to:
Portland High School Athletic Dept.
284 Cumberland Ave.
Portland, Maine 04101;
or the Barron Center
1145 Brighton Ave.
Portland, Maine 04102
Edward F. Sullivan
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 14, 2007
Created by: Debra
Record added: Aug 27, 2011
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