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Tommy Sullivan
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 16, 1927
  • Date of passing: Oct 8, 2015
Let the memory of Tommy be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Tommy Sullivan, 88, born on June 16, 1927 and passed away on October 8, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Minne Monesse Debra Hurley on 8th October 2016

"Can't believe its been a year! and what a great celebration of life we enjoyed for a great man! Enjoyed seeing all of his beautiful family and friends! He may be gone but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Norma Dawkins on 4th July 2016

"Tommy will never be forgotten, Precious memories of good days and  enduring strength in the face of hard times."

This tribute was added by John Camadeca on 6th March 2016

"Will always remember Tommy from Minnie Monesse on Sundays back in the day. A few years ago ran into him at Doral Country Club in Miami. I was getting my clubs out of the car and Tommy recognized me as one of the Camadeca's and came riding up in a cart. That wasn't his job but he kindly drove me up to the check in point at the range. We got a chance to talk about the old days. I was a real club pro and and a fun loving great guy."

This tribute was added by Jay Langlois on 22nd October 2015

"I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I grew up with his son Dennis and as our Little League careers were coming to an end Dennis and Tom said I might want to come out to Minne Monesse and try golf. Tom showed me the grip on the club,.Dennis helped me with my chipping and in the Fall I won the 12 and under tournament! Well that was it! I was out there from dawn to dusk and Tom helped me every step of the way! From making as natural a swing to course management I would get his take on everything! He was so very kind, and generous with his time. Always supportive. I just couldn't thank him enough for all his help. I went on to win many more golf tourneys  and got a scholarship at USC. My life ever since has been one of success and greatfulness but I owe so much to my hero,Tommy Sullivan."

This tribute was added by barbara benners on 15th October 2015

"To all of the Sullivan family, my deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dad.  You don't know me, but Tommy was a good friend of mine, and a very good friend of my Dad's for many years as well, and I will miss him terribly.  We played golf together over the years, and later on worked at Doral at the same time.  Then about six months ago I stepped in for him as Starter at the Miami Springs Golf Course.  I thought you might like to know that not a weekend has gone by that people haven't inquired about him.  I was always happy to tell them that he was doing well and still coming to the club to play golf every week, which always made them smile.  Then invaribly they'd share some story about playing with him in Cuba, or how funny or what a gentleman he was, how much they admired him, and how much they missed seeing him on the weekends.  Now when they ask after him it will be sad to share the news of his passing; but I know their smiles will eventually return when they remember him, as he brought so much joy to so many.  To me, he was a prince among men.  May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Bob Keller on 13th October 2015

"The Game of Golf lost a true friend last week and so did I.  No one revered the Game like Tommy.  He and I had some of the greatest matches while we were in college.  He was a great partner and a superior "matclh maker."  It won't be the same not being able to call him and relive "old times."  I know that we will still have alot of games ahead of us in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Nonie Watt on 12th October 2015

"For a number of years, the Sullivan Family and the Ewoldt Family were practically intertwined.  Tommy gave me my first job (as well as a bunch of other Ewoldts, as I recall). Minne Monesse wasn’t just a great place to work; it was a great place to hang out even after your shift was over. We had a lot of good times in those days! I’ll always remember your dad as such a gracious and classy guy.  He loved his family and he loved golf – in that order. He will be missed. My heart goes out to you all in your time of great sadness."

This tribute was added by Doug Bunker on 11th October 2015

"I can’t pretend to know Tommy Sullivan all that well, but what I do know is this:  He loved his family, and his children adore him.  Tommy and the children’s mother, Jackie, created a perfect environment for teaching and raising their children.  Minne Monesse was a family business and everyone had a job.  They learned responsibility, hard work and cooperation.  Tommy was the benevolent boss/father/teacher.  The family worked together and played together.  The by product of that family business was five children who are kind, honest, loving, hard working, incredible people.  

None of them are rich, famous or powerful.  They are more than that.  They are devoted parents and grandparents who are nurturing two more generations of the same kind of people.  They are faithful, supportive, loving spouses and loyal friends.  They are so much more, and if you know them, you know what I mean.  

Tommy Sullivan has blessed my life, as has Jackie.  I am a beneficiary of that legacy as are countless others.  That much I know.  May God bless you and your family always."

This tribute was added by Minne Monesse Debra Hurley on 10th October 2015

"My heartfelt sympathies go out to all the Sullivan family, he was a great man.  I have to share my favorite golf story, in the 50's Tommy was invited to play at Iowa Unv. in an invitation only event, he drove from Miami to attend, played poorly the 1st & 2nd day he pulled his drive into the tree line, a storm came up and play was halted until next day,he checked out of his hotel figuring he wasn't going to make the cut and headed to the golf course where his ball remained in tree line, punched out and chip in for birdie, next hole par 3 knocked it stiff for 2, continued won his matches and made to the finals only to lose to Arnold Palmer.  That was how Tommy lived his life, he never gave up and tried his best. I learned so much about golf and life from him and am truly grateful.The greatest woman in his life was his mother and his greatest friends were his kids. He touched so many lives and will be truly misses."

This tribute was added by Norma Dawkins on 10th October 2015

"There is an old saying, " a friend in need is a friend in deed".  Tommy was a true friend, I met Tommy at one of my lowest moments in life's journey.  His friendly smile and jovial personality serve as pillars that provided strength during those difficult times.  He was always positive and provided a new perspective in any situation.  Our favorite topics of discussion were sports  (golf, horse racing) and politics.  Tommy will truly be forever missed.  So Kathy, David and the rest of the family be comforted that you had  a person in your life and family that blessed the lives of others in so many ways.  With greatest sympathy, and may God continue to bless of all you richly."

This tribute was added by Caroline Reising Zimmerman on 10th October 2015

"Please accept my sincere and heartfelt sympathy. Tommy was such a great guy! His kindness and generosity, laughter and warmth will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He impacted my life in so many ways for which I'm grateful- from childhood to the present. I loved working with all of you at Minne and still hold that as my favorite job ever…because it seemed more like a party with a great gathering of friends and family- it rarely felt like work. Tommy watched over us all and made certain that we were taken care of.
I still remember Tommy, Jackie, Grandpa Denny and Mildred coming over for cookouts when I was a little kid as if it were yesterday.  Grandpa Denny or Tommy would get the ‘teaching club’ (the one with the formed grip) out of the car trunk, put it in my hands and tell me to ‘just swing’….thus starting my great love of the game…as they did for so many others- what a gift! The friendship between my dad and yours as well as our entire families has always been one that I’ve valued greatly. Even though we all went different directions years ago, the great memories, love and fondness still remain in my heart. I last spoke with Tommy a month or so ago when Janice Borleff and I called him just to say hello. He was so excited about the fun he’d had with you all celebrating his recent birthday. He sounded just like Tommy! 
Thanks for posting the great  photos- The photo posted by Cindy – he’s wearing the white cap- depicts  the way I remember your dad best- vibrant and happy doing what he loved- appears to be from the 70’s or early ’80’s when we were all working together at Minne- Boy did we have fun!  And the one posted by Denny with Tommy and Grandpa Denny watching that beautiful swing.
I will keep you all in my prayers. My best wishes for strength and healing to the entire family.
Love to you all-
Caroline Reising Zimmerman
PS: My dad died 11 years ago on October 8th as well…May Tommy and Carl meet up with their golf buddies for many rounds filled with fun and laughter."

This tribute was added by Ed Costello on 10th October 2015

"I started playing golf at Minnie Monesse in the early 1970’s regularly even though it was a fair distance from my residence near Chicago, the reason for making that long trip was solely Tommy and Jackie and their children.  Tommy made me feel so welcome even asking me to participate in his weekly golf game and his yearly trip to Miami, even though my golf game paled in comparison to his groups.
I became to feel as though I was one of the family, staying at their residence across from the golf course each weekend and enjoying great conversations with Tommy and hiss entire family. Tommy thank you so much for your friendship golf guidance (when I was on your team) and sharing your family.
Tommy you will missed but not forgotten.
Ed Costello"

This tribute was added by Vonda Pfunder on 10th October 2015

"Kathy and Family -  you have my deepest sympathies in the loss of your father.  I wish for you peace during this time of sadness and grief.   I have so many fond memories of your dad, Minne Monesse and seeing him there.  He was always very kind to me, even when Kathy and I were fishing on the ponds (smiles.)  Hold all of your dearest memories of him close and take care of your family!  He was a lucky man to have such a great family!  Hugs to you all!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Sullivan on 9th October 2015

"Written by his sister, Dorothy Raskin------

Tommy Sullivan of Miami Springs, FL  passed away October 8, 2015.  Born on June 16, 1927 in Rensselaer, IN, he was the first child born to Denis Sullivan and Mildred Brown.  From the beginning his life was defined by golf as he was named for Tommy Armour who had won the U.S. Open the day before his birth.  Tommy and his two sisters were raised chiefly in the Midwest, but, resources permitting, the family  spent winters in Miami to accommodate their golf pro father.   Following Tommy’s high school graduation he served in the Navy V-5 program until the end of WWII.  He then attended the University of Miami where he played on the golf team, eventually becoming the team captain.   Like his father before him, golf was the only profession he wanted.  He served as pro at various golf clubs throughout the Midwest.  In 1962 Tommy and his father became the owners and operators of the beautiful Minne Monesse Golf Course near Grant Park, IL.  It was here that he and Jackie raised their five children in a home conveniently located adjacent to the #8 fairway.    When retirement came, he chose to live in Miami Springs, one of his favorite cities.  The Miami Springs Golf Course became a second home to him where he played golf and, until recently, even served as week-end starter. He was exceptionally devoted to all his family and many friends.  Everyone loved playing golf with him and will think of him whenever the ball is teed up.   Tommy was married to the former Jacqueline Lytell now deceased.  He is survived by sons: David (Brenda) of Avon, IN, Dennis (Rose), Douglasville, GA, predeceased by son Stephen, daughters:  Kathleen Sullivan, Miami Springs,FL, Cynthia Bunker (Douglas) Salt Lake City, UT and sisters: Dorothy Raskin of North Miami, Mary Cook (Jack) of Lake Bluff, IL and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He will be sadly missed by his family and by all who knew him."

This tribute was added by Dennis Sullivan on 9th October 2015

"My father was not perfect, but a son could not have asked for a better father.  I never lacked for love, encouragement, or friendship.  We were father, son, and friends, for my 62 years.  Life will never be quite as full as it was.  I will always miss you dad."


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