John S.


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Gloucester - John S. "Jack" Sulton III, 69, of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 13, 2019, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia (Ginny) L. (Burnham) Sulton. Born in Beverly on March 30, 1949, he was the son of the late John S. Sulton Jr. and Ada (O'Neill) Sulton. Jack was a graduate of Gloucester High School with the class of 1968. He earned his bachelor's degree from Adams State College in Colorado and his master's degree at Cambridge College. A lifelong teacher in the Gloucester School system, he began his career in the Industrial Arts Department at O'Maley School and then taught for 30 years at the Gloucester High School before retiring. Jack was beloved as a teacher and had received many cards and letters of appreciation from former students over the years. During the summer months, Jack enjoyed lobstering and spending time on the ocean. Jack was known for his rugged power and from the time he was young, competed in numerous dory races and was the first of an American team to defeat the Canadian team in Nova Scotia. Jack also coached Little League Baseball for the Braves and was a lifelong member of the Gloucester Lodge of Elks.
In addition to his wife Virginia, he is survived by his two sons, John S. Sulton IV and Steven J. Sulton; his beloved grandson Ryan Steven Sulton; cousins Rosa Olivia and Arthur Goodwin, Margaret York and several other cousins; and sister-in-law Marianne Sulton.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Capt. Robert E. Sulton.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to: Virginia L. Sulton, 7 Story Street, Rockport, MA 01966, to help pay medical bills. Arrangements by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit
Published on March 19, 2019
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5 posts

Tom Livingston
Apr 01, 2019
Saddened by Jack's passing, we hadn't spoken in many years but I still tried to look him up when I returned to Gloucester on occasion. We had some good times way back at GHS in Auto Shop under Mr Budrow. We went on to work together at the old Bus Barn on Bass Ave for a couple years before we graduated. We washed a lot of buses and drank a lot of beer! Jack was a no nonsense guy but was a lot of fun as well. I'm sure he'll be greatly missed by all who knew him closely. My deepest condolences to his family.
Lisa Warren
Mar 28, 2019
Jack, you taught me how to build furniture and shelves in your class! In this class you also taught me to work hard and the payoff will be worth it! I will miss your great smile! Hugs to your family !!
Pete Buotte
Mar 20, 2019
One of my favorite teachers at Gloucester High School! RIP Mr. Sulton
Larry & RoseAnn MacIntosh
Mar 20, 2019
We are very saddened to hear of Jacks passing.
Tom mortillaro
Mar 19, 2019
Jack was the best teacher and woodworking furniture maker in the world I have in my living room a beautiful desk that jack taught me how to make and I made it as a sophomore in his class, he was the most patient man in the world , I’m going to miss him