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Earl Sullivan Jr.


Earl L. Sullivan Jr., 61, of New Albany, Ohio, passed away at his home on December 17, 2020. He leaves behind his wife and high school sweetheart, Sue, and sons, Benjamin and Jacob. He was a unique and caring individual who truly touched the lives of all who knew him. He was a devoted husband, father, Papaw, coach and friend.
Earl, referred to as “Junior” by his closest friends, enjoyed fishing, golfing, and going on trips with family, as well as anyone else who wanted to join in on the fun. Jr. always said “we aren’t here for a long time, so let’s have a good time,” a saying that he personified each and every day.
Earl spent several years coaching his two boys in sports as they were growing up, as well as many of their friends, many of whom he became a second father to, while founding, growing, and running a successful contracting business for over 30 years. Earl was actively involved with and a founding member of the Adventure’s for Wish Kid’s foundation, for which he and Sue organized an annual golf outing for 17 consecutive years.
Earl will be remembered by all for his absolutely contagious (albeit occasionally inappropriate) sense of humor which he brought to each and every situation. For his relentless work ethic and high standards, which he applied to everything from the smallest household chores and projects to the largest contracting jobs. For his creativity and street smarts, which made no task impossible or any challenge insurmountable. Jr. moved through life with an energy that was impossible to ignore or deny, and as such, these values – so natural to him – became instilled in anyone who was fortunate enough to spend any amount of time with him.
Earl will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. His legacy will continue to live on through the countless incredible memories and stories of him.
Memorial donations may be given to: A Kid Again- 777-G Dearborn Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43085
A celebration in honor of our Dad’s life will be held in February 2021.

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  • Rose & Bill Roberts says:

    We were so sad to hear of Juniors passing. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. R.I.P. Earl (Junior) Sullivan

  • Cherry Bethel says:

    Jr was a unique individual. I remember him as a young boy growing up and his love for baseball! As we grew up and went our seperate ways, he was always welcoming when we saw each other. Jr would go over almost everyday and sit and talk with his mom, when she was no longer able to get out! Jr will certainly be missed by all who knew him!

  • Clara Sullivan says:

    I am so saddened to hear about Jr.
    He was always a joy to be around and his Uncle Everette loved him.

  • Cindy and TC Castle says:

    Really sorry to hear about your loss. We wish Sue and family all the best. TC said, at the reunion Jr. Would say that desert is going to look good on my shirt. He was truly a funny man. Love and prayers to all!

  • Gwen & Dan Sharp says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Sue and hers sons. May you find comfort from all your wonderful memories.
    Special wishes to Pam our close friend for 43 years. We are here for you.
    Thoughts and prayers for Vicki Shull and Jimmy Sullivan.

  • Nellie & Paul Whitehill says:

    So sorry to hear of Junior’s passing. Peace and comfort in the coming days.

  • Chris (Martin) White says:

    So many childhood memories are filled with Junior’s laugh. What a sweet hearted man. Much love to your family during this difficult time.

  • William Harper says:

    So sorry to hear about “Earl the Pearl, he was a good friend and hunting companion.
    He will be missed by many.

  • Garry Mason says:

    My deepest condolences to all the Sullivan family. Earl was a good friend. I remember Last Vegas trips, golfing with him at the Underman invitational. I first met him at the wonderful charity golf outings. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dave Russell says:

    First of all, to Sue, the family and close friends; I am so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about Junior’s impact on the lives of the people around him. He clearly left a beautiful legacy. While distance has kept us apart for many years with careers and family, Jr. has always been one of 3 guys that I talk about when I refer to my best friends growing up. I wish there was space here to add to the MANY adventures we shared together. To this day they remain some of my greatest memories. My family, who never met Jr unfortunately, knows very well who he was by the stories I’ve shared with them over the years. He had one of the greatest senses of humor that I’ve ever known. I am deeply saddened with his loss and my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family. Gone but never forgotten.

  • jeff day says:

    My thoughts and prayers to you Sue and your family on the loss of Earl. I have many happy memories of fishing at Wyatts pond, hunting and a very special memory of the awesome post graduation trip to Colorado with Earl, Dave, Chris and myself. Wonderful friends and a wonderful trip. I love telling that story to my boys. I remember seeing Earl jogging while driving with Craig. Earl asked us for a ride home, we all got a real laugh out of it. Earl was a great high school friend and he will be missed. Rest in Peace Earl.

  • Kim and Kevin jeffers says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Happy memories of him and the Na baseball team in 2004.

  • The Willard Family says:

    We are sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. We send our deepest sympathy to Sue, the boys , and the family. He will always be remembered as a great friend, father, coach and person who always put others first especially the kids. So many special memories of great stories and laughs. His legacy will live forever.

  • Priscilla Barlay says:

    Very sorry to hear of Junior’s passing. May God give all the family comfort and peace at this difficult time! R I P

  • The Siebenaler Family says:

    Our condolences to the entire Sullivan family. While only knowing Earl for the time his family lived in New Albany Links, his presence is still felt. He was so good with kids in the neighborhood, ensuring all we included and left them all laughing. I’m sure there is a canon firing off in heaven for Earl! God Bless

  • Cassy Cassan Burke says:

    My sincere condolences to Sue and all the family.
    I have so many good memories of Earl. Lots of laughs & shenanigans in the 1980s. My heart & prayers are with you all. Cassy

  • Mary (Noon) Revard says:

    My heart goes out to both the Holst and Sullivan families. I just heard about Bob’s recent passing. I am so sorry for both losses. Even though I haven’t seen Earl for a long time, my memories of him are he was a very caring person always willing to lend a helping hand,It was always a fun time with lots of laughs when Earl was around. Hopefully all the good memories will help you get through these difficult times.

  • Mary (Noon) Revard says:

    My heart goes out to both the Holst and Sullivan families. I just heard about Bob’s recent passing. I am so sorry for both losses. Even though I haven’t seen Earl for a long time, my memories of him are he was a very caring person always willing to lend a helping hand. It was always a fun time with lots of laughs when Earl was around. Hopefully all the good memories will help you get through these difficult times.

  • Mark Manion says:

    As a retired city of Columbus building inspector, I had the pleasure of doing many projects with Earl and his dad. I remember one job up at corporate exchange where one of Earl‘s subs really screwed up and part of the work that they needed to proceed I had to turn the inspection down, he wasn’t very happy with me but understood, I did stop back later that day and approve it after it had been fixed. Nobody was there when I approved it I signed the permit and left, he called to reschedule the inspection and I told him I had passed it he was a happy camper

  • Heidi Billingsly says:

    Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Earls passing my eyes are filled with tears as I type this to you my friend. Please keep in touch and text me when you are able to speak. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. He for sure was a special man and loved you with all his heart.

  • William (Bill) Green says:

    My sincerest condolences to the family of my ATD brother, Jr.

  • Bill & Leanne Horwell says:

    Our Deepest Condolences to Sue, Ben & Jake. He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed. Met Earl in College and we remained friends all these years. Had the opportunity to reconnect with Earl at his mother’s funeral and so glad I did. My wife Leanne and I are still in shock. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with.
    Bill and Leanne Horwell

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