SANFORD - Gary D. Sullivan, 66, of Sanford, died on Jan. 8, 2012, following a long and valiant battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was at his home and surrounded by his family at the time of his death.Gary was born in Sanford on June 14, 1945, the youngest son of John C. and Anita (Bourque) Sullivan. He attended local schools and graduated with St. Ignatius High School's Class of 1964. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Orono and his Master's degree from the University of Southern Maine.In the late 1960s, he met Lorraine Bourre while standing in line with friends to see "To Sir, With Love" at the movies in Sanford. They became friends, fell in love and married on June 25, 1971. Together, they raised two children, Shawn and Kelly, and provided them with a loving home and a lifetime of warm family memories.Gary dedicated his career to Education. He taught history at Kennebunk High School and served as a guidance counselor at Noble High School and the director of the guidance department at Biddeford High School. During the last ten years of his career, he was the director of the Sanford and Saco centers of the University of Maine System.Gary loved his hometown of Sanford and spent all of the past 40 years serving the community in numerous ways. He loved people, and always saw the good in them; he did everything in his power to help them. His two grandchildren, Madeline Sullivan and Rowen Shafer, filled him with pride and happiness and brought him endless joy.Gary always will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his compassion for others, his love of life, and, especially, his Irish wit. He loved to laugh and to give the gift of laughter to others. He inspired others with the strength, courage and positivity with which he battled ALS and the compassion, creativity and determination with which he advocated for others who shared the disease.Gary was predeceased by his parents, John C. Sullivan and Anita Sullivan Kallis, and his stepfather, Leonard Kallis.He is survived by Lorraine Sullivan, his loving wife of 40 years; his son, Shawn Sullivan, and his wife, Valerie, of Sanford; his daughter, Kelly Shafer, and her husband, Jay, of Newton, New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Madeline Sullivan, of Sanford, and Rowen Shafer, of Newton, New Hampshire; his brother, John, and his wife, Terry, of Sanford; his sister, Jo-Ann, and her husband, Alan, of North Berwick; his stepsister, Carolyn Kallis, of California; and his aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.The Sullivan Family wishes to thank Dr. Mukesh Bhargava, of Goodall Hospital, Dr. Merit Cudkowicz and Nurse Practitioner Matt Bellaniche, of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Michael Schooling and the nurses of Hospice of Southern Maine for their extraordinary care. The family also is grateful for the care that the late Dr. Lisa Krivickas provided for Gary at Massachusetts General Hospital during the earlier years of his illness.Family and friends can visit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the LaFrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home on Winter Street in Sanford. A funeral will take place at Holy Family Church of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish on North Avenue in Sanford on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m.Burial will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in the spring.Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial contribution either to Sanford Downtown Legacy, 909D Main Street, P.O. Box 1137, Sanford, Maine 04073, or to the ALS-Maine Collaborative, 60 Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04330.Arrangements are under the direction of LaFrance-Lambert & Black Funeral Home in Sanford.To leave a message of condolence for the family please click on the condolences tab to the left.