C. Russell Sullivan, IV, of Morton, PA passed away at home on January 19th, 2022 at the age of 40.
Born on October 14th, 1981 in Upland, PA, he was the beloved son of Deborah (nee Goodwin) Sullivan Olley and the late Charles R. Sullivan, III. Russell graduated from Academy Park High School with honors in 1999. He later went on to study at West Chester University where he graduated summa cum laude in 2005. Upon graduating from West Chester Russell taught 4th grade at the Chester Community Charter School until the spring of 2011.
Russell was extremely intelligent, witty and competitive. He enjoyed the TV show Jeopardy and was unbeatable at trivia. He could not be defeated at ping pong and was tough to stop in a driveway game of basketball with friends. In high school Russell lettered in varsity basketball and was a devout Philadelphia sports fan. He was also on the Honor Society Team and won numerous medals while swimming competitively for the Sharon Hill Swim Club. Russell loved music; his favorites were Dave Matthews and the Beatles.
Above all, the greatest joy of his life was being a father to his adored 11 year old daughter, McKenzie.
Sadly, Russell suffered for the past 10+ years from a rare autoimmune disease called IgG4. Although he is finally at peace, he will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Russell is survived by his mother Deborah Olley, brothers Blake & Scott Sullivan, step brothers Michael, John & Dillon Olley, his daughter McKenzie Sullivan, her mother Kristen Sullivan and many other loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his father Charles R. Sullivan, III, grandparents Charles R. Sullivan II, Janet Sullivan, Louise Grassano Sweat, Edward C. Sweat, and step father John M. Olley.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Russell’s life will be announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The National Organization for Rare Disorders, email@example.com. Additionally, a memorial fund in Russell’s name has been set up via GoFundMe by his cousin Joshua McFarlane, to help cover funeral expenses and to be put aside for future financial needs (a college fund) for his daughter McKenzie.