Ms. Catherine R. Sullivan, 78, of Portland, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at her home. Born in Portland on March 28, 1936, Catherine was the daughter of the late John H. and Louise (Hinds) Sullivan. A graduate of St. Josephs Academy and Mount Saint Mary College, Catherine pursued graduate studies at Boston College and the University of Maine where she attained her Masters of Education degree. Catherine was a life-long educator. She touched many lives with her wry wit and brisk intelligence during her 37-year tenure as an English teacher, almost all spent at Westbrook High School where she also served as Chair of the English Department and, in the last years of her career, as Assistant Principal. Committed to the cause of working people, Catherine proudly followed in the footsteps of her late father as a union activist and leader, locally and nationally. She is known as a labor legend among those who worked with her on union matters in Washington, D.C. Catherine was a dynamic leader with the National Education Association, the Maine Teachers Association and the Westbrook Education Association. Catherine served as president of the Maine Teachers Association where she left her mark for her effectiveness and determination as a champion for the rights of teachers. Catherine served as Chief Negotiator and President for the Westbrook Education Association and was on the Board of Directors at the Maine Teachers Association, where she also served terms as Vice President and worked on the State Certification Advisory Committee. In addition to her separate role as a Trustee, Catherine sat on the Executive Committee of MEA-Retired, the Guidance Committee of National Retired Teachers Association, and MEA Benefits Trust. Catherine was appointed by former Governor King to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Maine State Retirement System and served in that position until the end of her life. Catherine also served as on the Board of Trustees for the National Education Association and the Cumberland County Retired Educators Association. Catherine was a dedicated and active, life-long communicant of Sacred Heart Parish serving as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and member of the Parish Council. Catherines greatest achievement was her unwavering and faithful devotion to her family, her friends, and social justice. With a heart larger than her resume, Catherine cared deeply about those less fortunate than herself and actively supported efforts to care for the neediest among us. Catherine had a great sense of humor and especially enjoyed The Portland Symphony, Summer Theater, board games, reading and dining out with her closest friends. In addition to her parents, Catherine was predeceased by her brother, John W. Sullivan, and nephew, John M. Sullivan. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Lou Somers, Anne Ingraham, and Janet McKane, all of Portland. As doting Aunt Kate, she was very proud of and involved with her eight nieces and nephews and nine grandnieces and grandnephews. Visiting Hours are Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 2-6PM in the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Prayers will be recited in the Funeral Home on Monday, March 2, at 9:15AM followed by a 10AM Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland. Interment to follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To share a memory or online condolence, please visit www.ctcrawford.com Memorial contributions may be made to Preble Street Resource Center, 38 Preble Street, Portland, ME 04101 or the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Capital Campaign, 307 Congress St.Portland, ME 04101.