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