Rock Hill, SC – Brett Thomas Sullivan was born January 8, 1996 in Biloxi, Mississippi to Colin James Sullivan and Joan Mary Sullivan. He was 22 years old at the time of his passing. He is survived by his parents, his sisters, Brianne Coleen Sullivan and Kathleen Anne Sullivan; his brother, Sean Colin Sullivan; his grandmothers, Florence Anne Vetro and Judith Irene Sullivan; his dog, Klink, many wonderful friends, and his best friend, Dylan Thomas. He was predeceased by his brother, baby Colin Sullivan, his grandfathers, Dominic Vetro, and James Sullivan, and his uncle, John Vetro.
Brett attended the University of South Carolina at Columbia and at Aiken, and was close to completing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management. Brett was looking forward to graduating in May, was on the Dean’s List, and tirelessly balanced a full-time job and full course load. Brett’s work ethic and desire to succeed would have taken him far. His family and community mourn for him, especially because of the good he knew he could accomplish, but was never able to. He was proud of his accomplishments, as he should have been.
Brett was my brother, my Irish twin, and first best friend. I treasure my memories singing songs he made up on long road trips, digging for dinosaur bones in the woods, and camping in our backyard. Those close to him remember the fearless, loyal friend who always put others first. Others remember him as the red-cheeked kid with a huge smile tearing through the woods in Rawlinson Acres on his bike with all of the other boys in the neighborhood, or running to them after a pee-wee football game to ask if they saw how hard he tackled someone. This was Brett’s essence, and he remained a pure soul with an innocent disposition till the time of his passing.
Though it is difficult to find meaning in wake of such a tragedy, his family is comforted by the overwhelming love shown to them by all who knew and loved Brett: his friends, many parents in the neighborhood who watched him grow up, his coaches, teachers, and so so many who Brett touched during his time here. Brett had more love in his short life than many who survive to old age. My brother lived fast, loved wholly, and had no fear. He lived a great life, and his legacy will live on through his friends, family, and community who were so touched by his existence.
We’ll love you forever and ever, infinity, infinity, finity, finity.
Those who would like to support his family during this tragedy, and to facilitate the ongoing investigation, you may donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-sullivan-family.
A visitation will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 from 10-12 PM at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel at 2133 Ebenezer Rd. Friends are welcomed to come and pay their respects.