Patrick Sullivan

Obituary of Patrick T. Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan had a gift for bringing people together, from getting together to remember shared good times, to connecting people with employers and jobs. Pat’s 40-year career was in personnel management and/or job placement, starting as an employment counsellor with the NYS Department of Labor. Later he was a personnel manager for companies such as Sierra Research, EGW Associates, APV/CREPACO, Hebeler Welding, Kleinhans, Birge Wallpaper, and Twin Industries. During his time at the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, in the late 1980’s, he assisted small business members with marketing, organizing, and producing workshops, seminars, wage and salary surveys, fringe benefit surveys, job descriptions, and personnel policies and practices. He also coordinated marketing for the Chamber’s Careerfest, as well as organizing and marketing Handicapped Job Fairs. While at the Chamber, he was part of the Local Organizing Committee for two Empire State Games held in Western Ny, for Winterfest I and II, and was responsible planning and coordinating Glenn Miller Orchestra concerts/dances held at the Statler. Near the end of his career, he returned to the NYS Department of Labor, where he helped newly-unemployed individuals with the Labor Department job-seeking procedures, and conducted classes in resume preparation. Pat proudly served 35 years with NY Army National Guard, primarily as a helicopter air crewman/crew chief, aboard Bell UH-1H Huey helicopters. He flew with Co. D, 142nd Aviation Battalion, NY ARNG (AKA “Blackhearts”) out of Niagara Falls AFB and later at Rochester Airport. Camaraderie among the pilots and crew was an important part of Pat’s time with the National Guard, and he made many good friends there. He enjoyed keeping in touch, even after retirement, by organizing several National Guard reunions, especially after he retired from National Guard in 2000. Baseball was a major part of Pat’s life. He played amateur baseball for most of life, in several Western NY leagues, including the Suburban, Classic, and the Buffalo Muni league. He was selected five times for all-star teams, each time in a different position. Pat briefly played professional baseball, in 1961, under contract to a minor league farm contract team for the Washington DC Senators. He also raised funds for, designed, and supervised construction of a lighted baseball field at the Town of Hamburg Nike Base recreation facility. He played and then umpired there, off and on, until the age of 65. In later life he was the driving force behind the establishment of the WNY Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, serving as its president for 10 years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 2000. He was then inducted into the WNY Softball Hall of Fame in 2017. As a kid, Pat discovered his love of speedboating on fishing trips, where his favorite part was zooming out to the lake at the beginning, and zooming back in at the end of the trip. As an adult, he owned a series of increasingly fast boats, culminating in a 22’ Talon tunnel hull, equipped with two powerful outboard racing engines, and dubbed “Screaming Eagle.” The boat was known to go over 100 mph and was featured in an issue of Hot Boat magazine. Pat also loved long-distance train travel. As he frequently told friends, the vacation starts as soon as you step aboard in Buffalo. His favorite destination was South Florida, and from there, a beautiful drive to the Florida Keys. Pat was a graduate of Father Baker High School and Niagara University. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his brother Michael, four children (Karen, Susie, Sally, and Kevin), and eight grandchildren. Sullivan, Patrick T. of Lake View, NY passed August 4, 2021. Devoted husband of Cheryl Sullivan; beloved father of Karen Hottle, Susie (Timothy) Rooney, Sally (Anthony) Venditti, and Kevin Sullivan; loving grandfather of Samantha, Gabriella, Benjamin, Jack, Charlie, Anthony, Brady, and Noah; loving brother of Michael Sullivan; and caring uncle of Michael Jr. and Jennifer. Friends will be received on Sunday 8/8 1-3 PM and 5-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 8/9 10 AM at St. John Paul II Church. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial Donations can be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences and donations can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Sunday
8
August

Calling Hours

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Sunday
8
August

Calling Hours

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Monday
9
August

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Monday, August 9, 2021
St. John Paul II Church
2052 Lakeview Ave
Lake View, New York, United States
716-627-2910
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