Winchester Press – obit – Lyle Sullivan
Lyle Sullivan, a resident of the Park DriveVilla in Williamsburg for the past 15 years, passed away at WinchesterDistrict Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 14, 2008, followinga brief illness. He was 87.
He was born in Hulbert on June 2, 1920 to Morley and Cora Sullivan(nee Ross) and was raised on the family farm along with his sisterLola. He married Lila Merkley at Dunbar on June 18, 1941 and togetherthey had two children Lee and Lorna.
Lyle was a very ambitious young man, and in addition to workingon the family farm he built and operated a general store in Hulbertand worked at the Hulbert cheese factory. In 1951 he sold thestore and became a full-time farmer. In 1953 he purchased a schoolbus and started driving kids to school. In 1959 he sold the farmand purchased a general store in South Mountain which he operatedfor the next four years. In 1963 he sold the store and purchaseda gas bar and garage business in South Mountain. He operated thatbusiness for three years before selling it and purchasing a fueloil business. In the late 1960s he sold the fuel oil businessand went to work at Berry’s Pet Store until he retired in 1984.Throughout all of these changes in career he continued drivingthe school bus until the late 1970s.
He was an active member of his community throughout his entirelife. He served as a fireman and later fire chief of the MountainTownship Fire Department for a total of 19 years, was a memberof the Spruce Haven Cemetery board for many years, and a memberof the Independent Order of Oddfellows for over 65 years.
Lyle possessed a good sense of humour and was well known for hisstory telling ability. He loved to visit with his family and friends,and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. In his lateryears he became interested in genealogy and he traced his familyhistory back many generations. He also recorded births, deaths,marriages, and world events for “prosterity sake.” He was a loyal and devoted husband to his wife and following astroke in 1994 that left her disabled he visited her regularlyin the hospital until she passed away in 1999.
Lyle is survived by his children Lee of Ottawa, and Lorna (Steve)Sayeau of Morrisburg, and by his sister Lola Ace of Winchester.He will be sadly missed by grandchildren Sandra (Anthony) Vogrig,Mark (Tara) Sayeau, Lisa (Mark) Casselman, David Sullivan, MatthewSullivan, and great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Cristiano, and Danica.He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Thurs., April 17 and on Fri., April 18 from 1 pm until timeof service at the funeral home with Rev. Yvonne Willis officiating.Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearerswere Mark Sayeau, Anthony Vogrig, Mark Casselman, Jeffrey Winters,John Mellan, and David Scharf. The honourary pallbearers wereDavid Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, and Cristiano Vogrig.
Donations to Hulbert-Valley United Church or Winchester DistrictMemorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.