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Stanley Richard "Opie" Sullivan Obituary
Stanley Richard "Opie" Sullivan
July 27, 1927-Jan.7, 2013
Resident of Castro Valley
Stanley Richard Sullivan passed away on Monday, January 7th, at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Elisabeth Sullivan, and grandson, Scott Sullivan. He is survived by his sons; Arno Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan, and daughters; Linda Sullivan, Jacqueline McGinnis (Mike), Kathleen Nichols (Jim), and Denise Bales; grandchildren; Lisa, Bryan, Eileen, Patrick, Sean, Jaimie, Ryan, Bridgette, Elisabeth, Tammy, Matthew, and Nicole, and 8 great grandchildren.
Stanley was born in Akron, Ohio, where he graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1945. He attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan before deciding to join the Army. While serving as a Medical NCO in Stuttgart, Germany during World War II, Stanley met his wife, Elisabeth Schuster. They made their home in Akron, Ohio, where he worked as a mail carrier for the US Post Office. In 1961, Stanley relocated his family to Oakland, CA where he was employed by American Can Company until his retirement. He has since made the Bay Area his home.
As a child, Stanley's dad would take him to Cleveland Indians and Yankees games. He played baseball in school and the Army. Throughout his life, he continued to be an avid sports fan and cheered on his Bay Area teams. He enjoyed traveling with his children, especially trips back to his hometown. His other interests included going to the movies, telling stories and of course, apple pie.
Stanley enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren. He was grateful for watching his family continue to grow in size and was blessed with many family events and special occasions to celebrate. He was always one to spread joy, either through song or a kind smile, especially during the holiday season when each year he performed his Christmas story which became a treasured tradition for friends and family.
He was a stranger to no one and a friend to all, we will miss you pal!
Friends and family are invited to the visitation on Thursday, January 10th, at Jess C Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley starting at 5:00pm with the vigil to be held at 6:00pm at Stanley's funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley, CA, on Friday, January 11th, at 11:00 a.m. A private family burial will be held at St. Michael's Cemetery in Livermore.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 10, 2013
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