Kevin P. Sullivan, 69, of Burlington, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at St. Joseph hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. after contracting COVID-19.

Kevin was born and raised in Burlington. He attended Catholic Central and Burlington High School. After completing a year of college at UW-Whitewater, he traveled extensively throughout Europe. He owned his own painting business for many years and worked for other painting companies until his retirement. Projects that he took great pride in include painting at Miller Park stadium and the sails at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Kevin spent the final years of his life in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, enjoying the beautiful sunsets, making friendships, and enjoying the warm weather year-round, something he could not do in Wisconsin.

Kevin always lived life to the fullest, and by his own set of rules. Everyone loved being around him with his charismatic personality and a smile that brightened up a room. He loved fishing, golfing, painting, traveling and socializing with others. He chose to love his family from a distance. He fought many demons through the course of his life and that kept him apart from his children and family. However, anytime he decided to visit, he made you feel like you just saw him with no time lapse in between. He was a free spirit up until the very end of his life. You could never predict his next move, as he always kept you guessing. He is now resting peacefully watching the sunsets with a front row view. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Kevin is survived by his children Kelly (Nick) Kumba and Sean (Jay Guequierre) Sullivan; grandchildren Addison and Ella Kumba; former wife Ruth Sullivan; his siblings, Sharry Sullivan, Robert (Patti) Sullivan III, Susan (Bob) Rubach, Maureen (Reid) Olson, Paul (Rhonda) Sullivan, Patrick (Debra Patterson) Sullivan and Maggie McCollum; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and June and nephew Shawn Goetz.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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