A member of the Greatest Generation has left us. William "Bill" Sullaway passed away peacefully at his home on June 8, 2012.|
Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. In 1944, he was Engineering Officer aboard the Destroyer Escort, USS Raymond, which escorted troop ships preparing for the invasion of the Philippines. His ship also escorted carriers that participated in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, prior to the U.S. invasion.
Before his naval service, Bill had graduated from the Montana School of Mines, and after the Navy, he attended Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He married Margaret Sullaway on June 9, 1951, in San Francisco. They moved to San Diego in 1958 and Bill opened a one-man office specializing in heating and air-conditioning. By the time he retired in 1989, his contracting business had expanded to a much larger office with many employees.
Devoted to his family, Bill was very involved in the various activities of his six children, including sports and Scouting. Three of his sons were Eagle Scouts.
Bill was a charter member of All Hallows Catholic Parish, volunteering with both the church and All Hallows Academy until recent years.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Stephen (Neva), Dr. Megan Sullaway (Dr. Ed Dunbar), Kathleen (Mike) Gilkey, Michael (Britta) Sullaway, and John (Natalie) Sullaway; and eleven grandchildren. Billy Sullaway (1960-1978) preceded his father's passing.
Bill is deeply loved and he will remain in our hearts forever.
Services will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 11 a.m.at All Hallows Catholic Church, La Jolla.
Published in La Jolla Light on June 14, 2012