Sullivan, Maura L.

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Maura Louise Sullivan (Norton), age 61, of Canton, passed away March 11 in the loving embrace of her family and closest friends following a private but fierce battle with cancer.

maura2Born and raised in Attleboro, she graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in 1974. Maura went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and Juris Doctor from New England School of Law. She has been a resident and active member of the town of Canton for the last 35 years where she was the co-founder of the Canton Sports History Project and Hall of Fame, a member of the Canton High School Field Hockey Boosters Club, a 10-year chairperson of the Hansen School Parental Advisory Council, a moderator for Canton Community Television, and an active participant and volunteer in local elections. She was also an avid Patriots and Boston sports fan.

A universally respected attorney, Maura practiced law for over 30 years and had her own family law practice in Canton. Maura was involved in numerous professional associations, including presiding as a board member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Association and active member of the Norfolk, Plymouth, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Beloved wife of Gerald J., Jr. Loving mother of Kevin M. Sullivan and his wife, Erin Barbato, of Durham, North Carolina and Alaina “Lainey” Sullivan and her fiancé, Brandon Shemtob, of Canton. Devoted daughter of Phillip Norton, Sr. and the late Louise Norton of Bourne and Naples, FL. Sister to Phillip Norton (Warwick, RI); Thomas Norton (Bourne); Timothy Norton (Leominster); Jane Frances Norton (Falmouth); Judy Norton Senfleben (Groveland); and Julianne Duss (Norwell).

Visiting hours at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington Street, Friday, March 17, from 3-7 p.m. Funeral mass in St. Gerard Majella Church in Canton Saturday, March 18, at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Burial private. We welcome those who come to celebrate her life to wear her favorite colors of cream and hydrangea blue.

Maura lived life with a twinkle in her eye and taught us all how to love out loud.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Canton Sports History Hall of Fame Scholarship, c/o Canton High School, 900 Washington St., Canton, MA 02021, or to the Maura Sullivan Scholarship Fund for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Annual Conference at www.massclc.org or by check payable to Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, 23 Browns Rd., Grafton, MA 01519. For complete obituary and guestbook, see dockrayandthomasfuneralhome.com.

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