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William "Sully" Sullivan (1935-2021)


William Sullivan (1935-2021)

Sully grew up in the North Country. After lettering in both hockey and football, he graduated from Potsdam High School and then enlisted in the Army. There, he fought in the Korean War which earned him an honorable discharge.

After leaving the Army, he started his career in labor. He took a job with New York Telephone and  became a union steward. Sully started on a path which led to him becoming one of the most notable presidents of CWA 1126 and a labor juggernaut in Central New York. 

As president, Sully took a local of NY Telephone workers and added bargaining units from Harron Cable, Mohawk Valley General Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital. If that wasn’t enough, he was also a member of the Central New York Labor Council where he again became the president.

Sully retired in 1990, but his dedication to others does not stop there. He moves to Georgia to be near his family and his grandchildren quickly become the focus of his life. Then, when his son Spencer suffers a traumatic brain injury, he moves to California to help care for him. 

In retirement his involvement in labor in Central New York and CWA continued. He would often call the union hall just to check in and share stories of days gone by. Sometimes it was just to talk, sometimes it was a solution to a problem. Always, it was genuine.

Double letter athlete, war veteran, steward, mobilizer, president, and family man. 

Service. A dedication to helping others. Team player. Leader.

None of it for fame. None of it for the money. All of it just because he was Sully.

We will miss you sir.

(No public services have been scheduled at this time.)

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