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December 6, 2012

Francis C. Sullivan

The Daily Star

---- — Francis C. Sullivan

AFTON — Francis C. Sullivan, formerly of Afton, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. He has been reunited with his beloved wife of 54 years, Virginia and many loved ones.

Son of the late Dennis J. and Edna L. Sullivan, he was born in Oneonta on Oct. 11, 1921.

He attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Oneonta High School, where he played football and track and was active in school chorus, band and orchestra. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. From 1940 to 1942, he attended Oneonta Normal School where he was active in chorus, orchestra and varsity basketball.

He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and served in Germany, Austria and Wales.

After the war, he graduated from Hartwick College in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Education. While at Hartwick, he was active in orchestra, band and chorus and was president of A∆Ω fraternity. He taught Business Education at Afton Central School in 1949, after which he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and served in Austria. He returned to Afton Central School until his retirement in 1979.

He obtained his masters in Business Education from Albany State Teachers College in 1953. He obtained his Certificate of Administrative Education from SUNY New Paltz in 1969. He also obtained graduate credits from Syracuse University and SUNY Plattsburg.

While at Afton, he also taught Driver's Education. He became the first high school principal from 1969 to 1979 at ACS. After retirement from full-time work, he continued his service in education as an interim administrator in Oneonta, Charlotte Valley, Schenevus, and Bainbridge-Guilford Schools, as well as interim superintendent for Afton.

He served on the Afton Central School Board of Education for three terms, one of which as president. He also served on the DCMO BOCES Board of Education for two terms, one as vice president. He was a member of the VFW, NYSSBA and former member of NYSUT.

During WW II, he was a musician with the "Yankee Tankers" of the 748th TK BN band. After the war as a member of the Musicians Union he played with the Little Falls Symphony; he taught String Bass for two summers at NYS Music Camp at Otter Lake. He played clarinet, saxophone and string bass in numerous area bands from the 40's and 50's. It was when he was playing a gig with a band at the Rock Inn, he was introduced to his future wife.

He served as Afton village clerk and was a member of the Afton Fire Department within which he later served as AFD secretary. He also served on the Afton village planning board and Glenwood Cemetery Association. He was a Notary Public since 1960. He also served as a member and trustee of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.

The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to the staff of Maple Neighborhood at the NYS Veterans Home at Oxford. We are grateful for all you have done for Dad. He has passed from your care into the arms of his Lord.

He will be missed dearly by his two daughters, Colleen (Kent) Dristle of Minetto and Patricia (Dean) Fiorina of Unadilla; and son, Michael (Phylis) Sullivan of Grand Island, Neb.; three grandchildren, Adam Dristle and Kathrine and Patrick Sullivan. He also is survived by a sister-in-law, Shirley Sullivan and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Peters Sullivan in 2006, daughter, Mary Theresa in 1959, his parents, one sister, Irene Disbrow, two brothers, Dennis J. and Harry Sullivan and nephew, Barry Sullivan.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 7, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Funeral services will follow at noon at the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. A Memorial Mass at St. Agnes Church will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Afton Fire Department, 15 Spring St., Afton, NY 13730.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.