Alfred Bay Sullivan, 84, of Wadsworth passed away from complications related to his 16-year battle with leukemia on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Concordia of Sumner in Copley.
Born May 10, 1934, in Pennsboro, West Virginia, Al was a 1956 graduate of Ohio University and later earned a Master’s degree at Marshall University. After graduation he served three years in the United States Air Force as a supply officer in Tripoli, Libya. He had a 35-year career as a research chemist for Monsanto based first in Nitro, West Virginia, and later in Akron, Ohio. He was awarded 12 patents and several foreign equivalents for research and design covering new rubber chemical compositions. He also had a fulfilling post-retirement career as a technical editor for the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.
Al is survived by his wife of 62 years Ila Lourene (Rogers), son Dan Thomas (Barbara) of Melbourne, Florida, daughter Lori Snoke (Joseph) of Wadsworth, son Brian Sullivan (Kimberly) of Huron, seven grandchildren Jamey Elliott (Jason), Julie Warner, Kyle Snoke (Courtney), Allie Snoke and Reid, Alayna & Ava Sullivan, and five great-grandchildren Alexis, Hannah & Nathan Elliott, Mea Warner & Carson Snoke. He was preceded in death by his father Carl, mother Grace, brothers Carl, Robert and David, sister Betty Jo, grandson-in-law Justin Warner and son Mark Alan Sullivan.
Al was a wonderful father and husband and relished every opportunity to spend time with and care for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a camera ready to catalog family get togethers, sporting events and countless milestones. He and his wife Lou shared a love of duplicate bridge and the Cleveland Indians, making numerous trips and creating lifelong friendships at spring training in Florida and Arizona. Al also had a special place in his heart for Donny Cove, a 90-acre rural property in the mountains of West Virginia purchased by his father in the early 1950s where he and many, many family and friends shared extended trips (referred to as “possum vigils”) porch sitting, talking about fishing and solving life’s scientific and political mysteries.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, Nov. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Wadsworth (195 Broad Street). In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Hospice of the Western Reserve (5075 Windfall Road, Medina, Ohio 44256) or the United Methodist Church, Missions Fund. The family would like to extend special thanks to Michele, Patti, Lily and Danielle from the Hospice and Concordia staffs for their heartfelt care.