Paul P. Sullivan, a 49 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Born in Boston, MA, he was 81 when he died. Paul retired from General Telephone in Redondo Beach after 29 years and then spent over 10 years with the South Bay Lexus auto group. Paul was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Church. He was a great husband, father and grandfather to us all. His love for our mother will never be forgotten. We will always remember his Irish humor and his willingness to help anyone. His hammer has been silenced, but our memories of everything he did to help each of us build wonderful families will always be with us. He enjoyed traveling and visiting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many Laughlin and Palm Desert Casino's will miss Dad's contributions. He also enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams: the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and the LA Lakers. Paul is survived by wife, Mary (Gerry) of Torrance, CA; son Steven Sullivan of Concord, CA; daughter Maureen (Jon) La Tendresse of Camas, WA; daughter Kathy Sullivan of Midvale, Utah; daughter Eileen (Kevin) Rockey of Torrance, CA; son Brian (Melanie) Sullivan of La Mirada, CA; grandchildren Tim Sullivan, Kristin Hermanny, Shannon La Tendresse, Brandon Sullivan, Tyler Sullivan, Chad Sullivan, Kyle Sullivan, Derrick Rockey and Matthew Rockey; 4 great grandchildren; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Patsy and parents William and Louise Sullivan. Mass will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Church, Torrance, on Friday February 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm. with a reception immediately following. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association.

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  1. Dad – I can’t speak for all of us kids, but I can give my opinion: You gave us you all. Always there with willing help, instruction, and encouragement. Even when things were tough you had some corny joke to soften things up. Some would say “if I had a nickel for every time you smiled…”; well, I didn’t get the nickle, but I did get the smiles, and I’m richer for that. I’ll miss you in the future, but you’ll always be a part of me. Hope I make you proud. Love you, Stevie.

  2. Brian,Melanie,Chad,Kyle,Gerry and Sullivan family. Our prayers are with you as we remember all the great memories of such a wonderful man. Love, Teri McQuerrey and Lucy Beck

  3. Hi Paul — I met you through work and you have always been a good friend. Since you retired, I haven’t seen you often but think about you. My sister would see you and I would hear stories from her. You have a big heart and many people will aspire to have your character, your good spirit and amazingly positive, not to forget humorous, outlook on life. You will be missed. -Andre

  4. Uncle Paul I remember when I was a kid you and Aunt Jerry would come to Boston and my mother Margaret would be so happy her brother was in town. We would all get together and yes I also remember the jokes especially when all of the brothers got together. Margaret loved her brothers and sister and nothing could ever change that, I know Margaret would want to send her condolences to all of the family. Boston will never forget Uncle Paul Sullivan, rest in peace.

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