July 23, 1924 – June 6, 2013
Clark Sullivan, 88, of Largo, FL, passed away on June 6, 2013 at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Katheryne (Katie) Sullivan, and a daughter, Louise K. Sullivan. Clark is survived by his son, Ralph C Sullivan of Boston, his daughter, Lyle Ann Sullivan of Wilmington, NC, and his son, Stephen B. Z. Sullivan (wife Rhea), of Minneapolis. He leaves five grandchildren and one great grandchild, to whom he was affectionately known as “PawPaw”. He had a number of nieces and nephews, two of whom were like sons to him: Richard A. Sullivan (wife Sophie) of Chicago, and Bryce F. Sullivan (wife Beth) of Nashville, TN. Clark was born in Chicago and earned his Eagle Scout badge. He joined the Navy in 1942, and served several war patrols during WWII as a submariner in the South Pacific on board the USS Hake. Clark and Katie met in San Francisco, where they were married in 1946. He then returned to Chicago, where he earned a BS in Physics from Northwestern University, before settling down in Battle Creek, Michigan. He then became a Vice President of Sullivan Milk Products, where he opened and managed retail outlets. Clark was then employed as a life insurance agent by Connecticut Mutual Life, and later as a Chamber of Commerce executive. He was active in community affairs, including the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis and the Episcopal Church. Never shy, Clark loved to entertain, and especially enjoyed singing show tunes and ballads for others. During their retirement, Clark and Katie cruised all around the world together, in search of high adventure. Their trips together included a ten day cruise with family members to the Panama Canal in December 1996, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Clark became a “Friend of Bill” just before he moved to Largo in 1982. Over the course of more than thirty years, Clark helped hundreds of others work their way thru the Twelve Steps of AA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Serenity Club of Clearwater, 631 Turner St, Clearwater, FL 33756.
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June 22, 2013
I have known Clark for about 9 to 10 years, I met him when I moved to Royal Palms, and saw him a few times when he moved to Cypress Palms. I enjoyed his friendship greatly .I will miss him very much. I enjoyed his singing up to the time when he was no longer able to sing but when I think of him singing Old Man River, I can hear it in my head. My husband was a member of AA and Clark and I would talk about that and he told me about his wife Katie as she had died before I moved to Royal. Lyle I am so sorry that he died but he is now in a better place I hope to see you at the Celebration of his life Love Wini Mizzoni
June 20, 2013
With my deepest sympathy to all of you in the passing of your father. It seems like yesterday that we were living next door to each other on Beckwith Drive. Your Mom and Dad were always available and ready to help anyone that needed them. I am sure you remember Marcha, Kathy and George Pierce. You kids all had a good time together. Where did all the years go? You remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
God Bless You,
Charlotte Pierce and family
Marcha (Pierce) Garn
June 18, 2013
Sending hugs and prayers to all of the Sullivan family.
Chaplain Ray Fritz
June 15, 2013
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, our condolences to Ralph, Lyle, and Stephen and all of Clark's family, friends and loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers that God will give you peace, comfort you in your loss and sorrow, and heal the brokenhearted. We are grateful for Clark's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service during WWII on the USS Hake SS-256. To our "Brother of the Phin" ... "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones. Thank you for your service to our country." -- Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.
June 15, 2013
My brother law, c,ark was a happy fellow who brought candy bars to us in wartime he was a Boy Scout leader and a Kiwanis member and loved us all. I recall felling trees with him in battle creek, and the list goes on. He will be remembered by many in many places.
Len neely, Alamo, ca.
June 14, 2013
While I did not have the honor of serving with Clark, he is a navy and submarine brother. Thank you for your service to your country sir, and now sailor you have the eternal fair winds and following seas you have richly earned. We send our condolences to all of his family and friends.
Keith F. Post, Executive Director
St. Marys Submarine Museum
102 St. Marys Street West
St. Marys, GA 31558
June 14, 2013
To the Sullivan Family,
On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Clark's passing. We grieve with you on the loss of your loved one. All SUBVETS and their families have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Clark will always be remembered as a “Brother of the Phin” and a great Patriot.
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate
Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, Base Chaplain
June 13, 2013
So sorry to hear of Clarks passing. Clark gave me my first job dipping ice cream at the Battle Creek Store. I was surprise to learn we could eat all the ice cream we wanted. Yum! Clark was a very good man and leaves me with fond memories.
June 13, 2013
Clark was such an interesting and kind man. I always enjoyed our talks. The last time I saw him he pointed out a few mementos from his travels and told me about them. I will miss him.
June 11, 2013
I have great memories of my Uncle Clark. I remember his energy and enthusiasm. I remember his trying to send email, with a predisposition to sending in all capital letters, not realizing that meant he was shouting. I can't believe Clark is gone. Peace, Love, hope and prayers to the family.