Arlene R. (Govoni) Sullivan

Arlene R. (Govoni) Sullivan, 91, of Mattapoisett passed away Tuesday April 25, 2023. She was the wife of the late Daniel J. Sullivan.

            Born in Fairhaven, the daughter of the late Carl J. and Rose E. (McDermott) Govoni, she lived in Fairhaven for most of her life before moving to Mattapoisett upon her marriage in 1990. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School.

            Arlene spent her entire working career with Cornish & Co., Inc. Insurance Company, becoming a partner in the business in 1979. She served the last 21 years as President and Treasurer before retiring after 46 years of service. In addition to her own insurance agency duties, she also assisted her late husband in the operation of his funeral homes, especially during his illness and subsequent passing. She had also been a 25-year member of the Board of Trustees of Riverside Cemetery.

            She is survived by her sisters, Mary T. Brito and Phyllis C. Goulet; her stepchildren, Daniel Sullivan, Shauneen McDermott, and Jason Sullivan; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

            She was predeceased by her twin sister, Ann E. Borges.

            Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday May 2nd at 10 am at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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