George E. Sullivan Jr., formerly of Grand Island, went to his eternal reward on May 28, 2020.
George was preceded in death by his daughter Jacquelyn (Kane) Mau; his sisters Mary Jane (Jean) Cook and Dolores (Dody) Dowd; and his parents, Sabina and George E. Sullivan. George leaves behind his loving wife Jaquelyn (Lehner) of 58 years and his sons Michael (Marion), Paul (Eileen), Brian (Angela), and Jeffrey (Nicole). His pride and joy were his grandchildren: Steven, Jennifer, Christopher, Courtney, Quinn, Lily, Brice, Maggie, Patrick, Matthew, Sophia and Zachary, and his great-grandchildren: Avery, Levi, and Maverick.
Beyond the love of his family, George cherished his Catholic faith. He was an active member of parish communities at St. Stephen R.C. Church on Grand Island, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bowmansville, and St. Therese in North Fort Myers, Florida. In addition to being instrumental in raising funds to build new churches, he served as religious education instructor, finance council member, usher, and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He also was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752 serving as a past grand knight.
George was a lifelong employee of the Buffalo News, working at the newspaper for 43 years, and was the past-president of the New York State Circulation Managers Association. He was also active in local politics, serving as a councilman for 12 years with the Town of Grand Island. He was past chairman of the Erie County Traffic Safety Board. He coached Little League baseball for many years and served as the chairman of the Grand Island Recreation Committee.
In retirement, he volunteered his time by serving as a guardian ad litem for disadvantaged youths and as a taxpayer advocate with the Internal Revenue Service. George enjoyed golfing, boating, tennis, and spending time with his family and friends. He taught his family the value of hard work and perseverance. The family will hold a funeral Mass at a later date.
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