Mr. Harry J. Sullivan, age 89, of Front Avenue, Salamanca, New York died Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Absolut of Salamanca.
Born on November 3, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret Dugan Sullivan. He was married on June 18, 1960 in St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA to the former Dolores Wardzella who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a Naval Aviator with the Carrier Air Group V.B.-83 on the USS Essex (CV-9) in the Pacific Theatre. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 2 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal. In the Battle of Okinawa he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in the air strike for the sinking of the Battle Ship Yamato, and the Air Medal with 5 stars.
Mr. Sullivan was retried President and CEO of the former Salamanca Trust Company. He was the executive vice president of Security National Bank, Newark, NJ and the Senior Bank. Examiner for FDIC, Pittsburgh, PA
He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, former Trustee at Holy Cross Church, Board of Directors for Buffalo Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Rotary Club, Elkdale Country Club, the Cooperative Extension of Ellicottville, New York, and was one of the originators of the Salamanca Falling Leaves Festival.
Surviving besides his wife are: a daughter, Mary (Edward) Van Dusen; 2 sons, Patrick Sullivan, David (Catherine) Sullivan; 4 grandchildren, Austin, John, Maureen and Meredith; a brother, Joseph (Margaret) Sullivan, Pittsburgh, PA; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Matthew Sullivan, 2 sisters, Mary Sullivan, Patricia Sullivan, a brother, Paul Sullivan.
Friends may call at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, New York on Sunday from 3-6 P.M.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11 A.M. in Our Lady of Peace Parish with Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor, as celebrant.
Private interment will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, New York.
Full military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post #535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post #5296.
E-condolences can be sent to email@example.com, or posted to facebook.com/onofh.
The family suggests memorials to the donor's choice.