Obituary: Jack Sullivan, Former NEFI Leader

John Francis “Jack” Sullivan II, NEFI’s executive vice president and CEO from 1995 to 2007, died at his home in Waltham, Massachusetts, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 86 years old.

“As a dedicated and consummate gentleman representing the liquid heating fuels industry, Jack made a profound impact on us all,” Sean Cota, president and CEO of the National Energy & Fuels Institute, said in a statement to NEFI members. Sullivan died on Aug. 25.

Anne and Jack Sullivan/Courtesy NEFI


“He was a relentless advocate for our Main Street family businesses,” Cota said. “Jack testified before state and federal legislatures and was on a first-name basis with many influential politicians.” Sullivan was honored as a NEFI Legend by the Institute. Cota noted that the efforts of Sullivan and others led to the creation of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) by Congress in 2000.

“Jack always had a positive outlook and believed anything was possible with a little grit, hard work, and a can-do attitude,” Cota said. “Above all, he loved and cherished his family, especially his wonderful wife Anne and their six children: Mark, Eileen, Carole, Elizabeth, John, and Mary. We extend our condolences to them all.”

Memorial Services will be held in Waltham, MA on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3. For details, click here.

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