In retaliation for extorting money from his friend, Sullivan had committed the ultimate crime – he had bested the sluggish Edward “Punchy’ McLaughlin in a barroom brawl. Two weeks later Tommy was gunned down just down the street from the home he shared with his mother. Too grief-stricken to attend her son’s funeral out of Gate of Heaven church, they rerouted the funeral procession in front of Mary’s home. On Jan. 3, 1958, 11 days after Harold Hannon, Jimmy O’Toole and Punchy McLaughlin gunned Tommy down, Mrs. Sullivan died of a broken heart at the age of 83.
Hannon didn’t survive the Irish Gang War. Hannon and his friend Willie Delaney were set up by Buddy McLean and the feared Joe “The Animal” Barboza in August of 1964. A good looking lady willing to have sex with both men lured them back to an apartment. Hannon suffered a horrific death. They had come to get revenge for Tommy Sullivan murder 7 years before. While Hannon was tortured for hours, McLean decided to go easier on Willie Delaney, who just happened to be with Hannon. He gave Delaney a bottle of liquor and a handful of sleeping pills before strangling him. Hannon was tossed in the river and medical examiners concluded that a blowtorch had been used on his genitals.
Final Resting Place:
New Calvary Cemetery
800 Harvard Street
Mattapan, Massachusetts, 02124
Grave Location:Section 1, Grave 851
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery from Harvard Street, turn right just after the office onto Holy Name Avenue. Continue past Ascension Avenue and park 100 feet down on the right after the intersection (that’s Section 1 on your right). Look for the “Carroll” monument on the road 10 feet from the tree and go behind that monument and walk down the row at an angle and you will see the Sullivan Family grave with both Tommy and his mother Mary (who died 11 days after his murder from a broken heart).