Lyle Sullivan, a resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past 15 years, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 14, 2008, following a 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 sister Lola. He married Lila Merkley at Dunbar on June 18, 1941 and together they had two children Lee and Lorna.
Lyle was a very ambitious young man, and in addition to working on the family farm he built and operated a general store in Hulbert and worked at the Hulbert cheese factory. In 1951 he sold the store and became a full-time farmer. In 1953 he purchased a school bus and started driving kids to school. In 1959 he sold the farm and purchased a general store in South Mountain which he operated for the next four years. In 1963 he sold the store and purchased a gas bar and garage business in South Mountain. He operated that business for three years before selling it and purchasing a fuel oil business. In the late 1960s he sold the fuel oil business and went to work at Berry’s Pet Store until he retired in 1984. Throughout all of these changes in career he continued driving the school bus until the late 1970s.
He was an active member of his community throughout his entire life. He served as a fireman and later fire chief of the Mountain Township Fire Department for a total of 19 years, was a member of the Spruce Haven Cemetery board for many years, and a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows for over 65 years.
Lyle possessed a good sense of humour and was well known for his storytelling ability. He loved to visit with his family and friends, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. In his later years he became interested in genealogy and he traced his family history 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 a stroke in 1994 that left her disabled he visited her regularly in 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, Matthew Sullivan, 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 Williamsburg on Thurs., April 17 and on Fri., April 18 from 1 pm until time of service at the funeral home with Rev. Yvonne Willis officiating. Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Mark Sayeau, Anthony Vogrig, Mark Casselman, Jeffrey Winters, John Mellan, and David Scharf. The honourary pallbearers were David Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, and Cristiano Vogrig.
Donations to Hulbert-Valley United Church or Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.