Rest In Peace, Dolly Sullivan

Dolores “Dolly” Sullivan, a fixture in the Christian Brothers Academy community, passed away on Monday morning at the age of 90.  

Dolly’s relationship with CBA began in 1960, when she and her husband, Jim Gartland, visited the campus each morning to provide coffee for the workers of Walter C. Hurley Construction Company as the main building was constructed. Brother Bernard McKenna, the first principal, approached Dolly and Jim to run the cafeteria once the new building opened in 1961. From that time forward, CBA became Dolly’s second home.

Over the next 57 years, Dolly and her staff served over 11,000 boys, as well as hundreds of Brothers, faculty and staff. Dolly truly enjoyed her interactions with the boys. She took great pride in seeing them grow into fine gentlemen, who would often stop into the kitchen to say hello. Dolly’s signature chocolate chip cookies have become so famous among CBA students that, in recent years, the Alumni Association would send a package of them to the college freshmen as they adjusted to life away from the Academy.

The students, alumni, faculty and staff of Christian Brothers Academy have been truly blessed to have called Dolly Sullivan a friend and colleague. She has been an integral part of CBA for almost 60 years and she will always have a special place in our hearts.

A viewing for Dolly will take place at CBA in Alumni Hall from 8:30 am – 9:45 am on Friday, March 16. A funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am in the Varsity Gym.

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And the rain fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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