Sullivan, Gale H. Bay City, Michigan Mr. Gale Herbert Sullivan, age 85, passed away quietly late Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at McLaren Bay Region. The son of the late Thomas H. and Leah R. (Bordon) Sullivan, he was born at the family home in Rose City on January 26, 1936. Gale graduated from West Branch High School in 1955 where he was an All-State basketball player. He declined a scholarship to play basketball at Michigan State University to serve his country with the U.S. Army, stationed mostly in Germany. On October 26, 1957, Gale married the true love of his life, the former Dee Demerest. They settled briefly in West Branch before moving to Bay City where Gale took a job as a salesman at WXOX radio. He then went on to WNEM Gerity Broadcasting - WGER 102.5 where he was Vice President of Gerity Broadcasting. Gale stayed with Gerity Cablevision and then Bresnan Communications for many years. In 1988 he left the communications business, and with his wife Dee as partner and office manager, started Sullivan Real Estate which they operated for 20 years. Gale remained active in area commercial real estate for several years with Commercial Equities. He was member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Gale was very active in the Bay City community with the Jaycees, Civitan, Optimist and Rotary clubs and was a member of the former Bay City Country Club. He also was a former President of the Michigan Broadcasting Association. Gale had a love of sports, especially golf. Up until just last year he was golfing 18 holes every day. On September 15, 2012, his beloved wife Dee passed away. Gale is survived by his daughter, Kathleen (Andrew) Basgall of Bay City; two grandchildren, Brian (Jennifer) Basgall and Erin (Brennen) Michael; four great-grandchildren that were the light of his life, Jake, Silas, Reece, and Connor Basgall; a sister, Pat Weiler; a sister-in-law, Linda (Guy) Fisk; and many nieces and nephews. Gale was also preceded in death by his son, Michael Sullivan on December 15, 2020; his brother, Ray Sullivan; and three sisters, Geraldine (Keith) Finnerty, Shirley (Robert) Hughes and Bernice (Jerry) Banghart. The Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. A private Rite of Committal will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Branch. Visitation will be at the Trahan Funeral Chapel on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday after 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orioles Forever Foundation through the West Branch High School Alumni Association. For on-line sentiments: www.trahanfc.com
Published by Bay City Times from Sep. 24 to Sep. 26, 2021.