Obituary: Robin Dawnna Black Sullivan

Robin Dawnna Black Sullivan

Robin Dawnna Black Sullivan 1961 – 2022 STRATHAM, NH – Robin DB Sullivan of Stratham passed away on the morning of Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the age of 61. She went to rest peacefully in her home surrounded by the children she adored, Brian, Andrew and Christie, and her faithful labradoodle, Gracie. Robin’s brilliant wit and sense of humor were never lost during her courageous battle with metastatic colon cancer. Robin was born in Brunswick, Maine on May 6, 1961. She is survived by her parents, Brian and Dawnna Black, whom she loved dearly, as well as her sisters, Pamela Blampied, Michelle Erwin and Stephanie Ackley. Robin has truly cherished all of the childhood memories she created with her family and friends growing up on the Isle of Orr in Maine. She spent her days in the sun, swimming in the ocean, playing on the rocks, and scouring the beach for shells and sea glass. Robin’s active childhood turned her into an incredible athlete in aging. She was notable not only for her physical strength, but also for her mental toughness and drive which made her a natural leader in all of her teams. Robin played many sports at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine and later played his favorite sport, field hockey, during his four years at Plymouth State University. After earning her bachelor’s degree in physical education, Robin taught at Phippsburg Elementary School in Maine and later at Little Harbor School in Portsmouth, NH. Robin went above and beyond in everything she did, especially teaching. She was a creative and dedicated teacher and also found great pleasure in coaching extracurricular sports. However, she chose to leave her teaching post when her first son, Brian, was born, the first demonstration of an unwavering commitment to her family, and especially her children. Robin’s generosity and selflessness radiated into every part of her life. For years, she spent her time sewing thousands of “Cat Cozies” and dog beds to donate to the SPCA. Each was carefully designed so she could be sure the animals were always comfortable. She has also lovingly created baby blankets for many special people in her life. In these acts of kindness and in the relationships she nurtured, Robin leaves behind a legacy of compassion that will serve as inspiration and comfort to all who knew and loved her. It was while at Plymouth State that Robin met the love of her life, her late husband, Timothy J. Sullivan. They moved to the coast together after college and later moved into their forever home in Stratham, NH, where they raised their three children and spent 31 years of marriage together. Robin and Tim are together again, at peace and watching over their loved ones, always. Robin will forever be in our hearts. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, August 9, 2022 between 4 and 7 p.m. at Farrell’s Funeral Home, 684 State Street, Portsmouth, NH. The burial will be private.


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