In memory of
EDWARD D. "SULLY" SULLIVAN
In memory of
EDWARD D. "SULLY" SULLIVAN
of Bainbridge Twp. died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 29 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83 years old. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 28, 1936 to George and Eleanor Sullivan (nee Kissane), Ed grew up in Chatham Village, at the top of the incline, where he developed a lifelong passion for tennis. As a boarding student at Gilmour Academy from 1950-1954, he excelled in both tennis and basketball. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and played varsity tennis, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a supply officer on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean. He later served as a Logistic Liaison Officer to the Commander in Chief, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He returned to Cleveland and began his civilian career selling Glad Bags and Glad Straws for Union Carbide to the new big box stores like Uncle Bills but soon realized his true calling as a stockbroker. He worked for several years at Merrill Lynch before signing on with DuPont Walston and finally becoming a partner at McDonald and Company (subsequently acquired by KeyCorp) where he remained until his retirement. In 1964, Ed married Timotha McGoff. The couple had four children – Erin Benson (Roger), Tad Sullivan (Nancy), Megan Grobelny (Rich) and Patrick Sullivan (Trisha). In addition to his wife and children, he leaves behind seven grandchildren - Roger Benson Jr., Mac and Grace Sullivan, Sam and TJ Grobelny, and Kealy and Owen Sullivan. Ed was a charter member of what is now the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club, where he dominated the tennis scene for several years and was known particularly for his spectacular overhead shots. He served on the committee that brought cable television to Bainbridge Township and on the Bainbridge Township Board of Zoning Appeals. After his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels. His real passion, however, was his family. He never missed a horse show, football game, soccer game, baseball game or anything his children were involved in. He achieved his goal of having all four children finish college with no debt in spite of having three in private colleges at one time. He was truly the best father a child could have. While fiercely competitive on the tennis court, Ed was known for his mild manner and generous spirit in other situations. He left his kind spirit with everyone he touched. The one thing everyone always said about Ed was that he was "the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet." Ed was a devout Catholic and heaven is a better place now that he is there. Services will be private. Donations may be made, in Ed's honor, to Chagrin Falls Meals on Wheels. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home, Chagrin Falls. Please sign Tribute Wall at: murphyfamilyfuneralhome.com
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95 South Franklin Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
In memory of
EDWARD D. "SULLY" SULLIVAN
of Bainbridge Twp. died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, June 29 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83 years old. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 28, 1936 to George and Eleanor Sullivan (nee Kissane), Ed grew up in Chatham Village, at the top of the incline, where he developed a lifelong passion for tennis. As a boarding student at Gilmour Academy from 1950-1954, he excelled in both tennis and basketball. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and played varsity tennis, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a supply officer on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean. He later served as a Logistic Liaison Officer to the Commander in Chief, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He returned to Cleveland and began his civilian career selling Glad Bags and Glad Straws for Union Carbide to the new big box stores like Uncle Bills but soon realized his true calling as a stockbroker. He worked for several years at Merrill Lynch before signing on with DuPont Walston and finally becoming a partner at McDonald and Company (subsequently acquired by KeyCorp) where he remained until his retirement. In 1964, Ed married Timotha McGoff. The couple had four children – Erin Benson (Roger), Tad Sullivan (Nancy), Megan Grobelny (Rich) and Patrick Sullivan (Trisha). In addition to his wife and children, he leaves behind seven grandchildren - Roger Benson Jr., Mac and Grace Sullivan, Sam and TJ Grobelny, and Kealy and Owen Sullivan. Ed was a charter member of what is now the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club, where he dominated the tennis scene for several years and was known particularly for his spectacular overhead shots. He served on the committee that brought cable television to Bainbridge Township and on the Bainbridge Township Board of Zoning Appeals. After his retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels. His real passion, however, was his family. He never missed a horse show, football game, soccer game, baseball game or anything his children were involved in. He achieved his goal of having all four children finish college with no debt in spite of having three in private colleges at one time. He was truly the best father a child could have. While fiercely competitive on the tennis court, Ed was known for his mild manner and generous spirit in other situations. He left his kind spirit with everyone he touched. The one thing everyone always said about Ed was that he was "the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet." Ed was a devout Catholic and heaven is a better place now that he is there. Services will be private. Donations may be made, in Ed's honor, to Chagrin Falls Meals on Wheels. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home, Chagrin Falls. Please sign Tribute Wall at: murphyfamilyfuneralhome.com
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95 South Franklin Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
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