Obituary: Prince Sullivan of Boston’s North End

Prince Sullivan, 6, of Boston’s North End passed away on March 22. Prince was the resident cat at Prince Postale on Prince Street. Prince was born in Somerville, (2009) MA and adopted by John, his care giver, at three months old. When Prince was 2 and half years old, he began to discover the streets, fire escapes, alleys, doorways and apartments of the North End. He quickly made many friends. Prince enjoyed visiting the Old North Church and Gift Shop every day and venture up Hull Street to the Copp’s Hill Burial Ground. He was an accomplished bird hunter and rodent killer. Prince’s popularity at the Old North Church spawned a Prince stuffed animal and ornament for sale at the Old North Gift Shop and Prince Postale. He also had an app created in his name called Prince’s Prowl where tourist can navigate the campus of the Old North Church and have Prince as their guide.

Prince was an informal ambassador to the visitors on the Freedom Trail and has been touched and photographed by people from all over the world. You can see some of the many photos on Pinterest and Twitter #wheresprince. Prince was a very unique animal with his own personality.  He is survived by his care giver John Sullivan, sister Chica and his uncle Gabe. Prince Postale and the North End will never be the same without him and he is already greatly missed.  An informal notice will be placed on Prince Postale Facebook page. We say thank you to everyone that was kind to Prince and to all animals.

Old North Church will host a memorial service for Prince on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and share stories.

19 Replies to “Obituary: Prince Sullivan of Boston’s North End

  1. Oh No ! Prince !! John, your guardian angel all these years. The saving grace of his passing is the love and attention he received from anyone who laid eyes on him. Your write up is beautiful. So sorry.

  2. So sorry to hear of his Passing. He used to visit the Spite House often. He will be missed. Sorry for everyone’s loss.

  3. I will miss Prince. He made smiles appear every time I saw him run as fast as he could into the Old North Church, despite efforts to keep him outside. Also, trying to explain to tourists why Prince was always greeted on the street with a “hello” and if you were lucky, a quick pet.

  4. So sorry to hear this-Prince was a special part of the North End and I always enjoyed a sighting or quick visit 🙂

  5. I am so sad to hear of Prince’s passing… I was watching him patrol the cemetery just last week! 🙁

  6. A memorial service for Prince will be held at the Old North Church next Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 pm. All of Prince’s friends and followers are invited. The simple service will consist of a few prayers and scripture readings and time for all of Prince’s friends to share their favorite Prince stories.

  7. Is Price the one who’s collar read something like “I have a home, leave me be!”. If so, he and I shared many morning cups of coffee this past summer. He is missed!

  8. I just heard the news, I can’t explain how shocked I was when I heard about your cat. be kind to yourself in this difficult time, and I’m here if you need a shoulder………..
    I will miss prince

  9. What a great cat he was…I was so lucky to spend some time with him in Copps Burial Ground…we had a nice photo session. Loved watching his escapades at the Old North Church. Raise a glass to Prince Sullivan! Rest well, my friend.

  10. John , very sad to hear about the loss of Prince. He will always be remembered by our family. With fond memories -Daria, Mikaya and Isaiah

  11. A great joy was petting Prince and having a conversation with him in front of the Burying Ground as we both headed off to “work.” John and Gabe, I know how much you loved him and how much pain you now feel. My sympathy to you both. Thank you for sharing Prince with all of us.

  12. a sigh of relief among the many sparrows in the north end……had to be one of the best birders….I ever seen…rip PRINCE….

  13. I had the pleasure of meeting Prince last May when I came to Boston to my daughter’s book launch of The Freedom Trail Pop Up Book. Prince greeted me and sat some of the evening with me during festivities in the Courtyard of the Church. I feel the pain of your loss, and will grieve with you from afar.

    Sharon Kay Velder
    Fort Morgan, Colorado

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