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Judge Timothy Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan, priest who became a judge, dies at 84

Served as a Superior Court Judge in Bergen County for sixteen years

By David Wildstein, June 07 2019 10:40 am

Timothy Sullivan, who spent eight years as a Roman Catholic priest and then fifteen years as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, died on June 1.  He was 84.

Sullivan was ordained in 1962 and served in the Diocese of Nassau, Bahamas until Pope Paul VI released him from active ministry in 1970.

He practiced law in Bergen County until Gov. Thomas Kean nominated him to the Superior Court in 1985.  He held that post until his retirement in 2001

A Democrat, Sullivan served as the Hillsdale municipal attorney for two years before becoming a judge.  He previously served as assistant Bergen County counsel and as Northvale Zoning Board attorney.

The son of Irish immigrants, Sullivan grew up in the Bronx and attended high school and college on basketball scholarships.

Sullivan is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lois, his two son and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM today at the Newbaker Funeral Home in Blairstown, followed by a Mass at 11 AM tomorrow at St. Judge Roman Catholic Church in Blairstown.

The family is asking that contributions in Judge Sullivan’s memory be made to the New Jersey Re-Entry Corporation or St, Jude’s RC Church.

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