William Eugene Marshall Sullivan, 77, of Camden, passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2016.
He is survived by wife of 54 years, Annette Marion LaPlante of Camden; daughter Susan (Sullivan) Didato and her husband, Tom Didato, of Camden, sons James Sullivan, of Sammamish, Wash., and Christopher Sullivan of Houston, Texas, and a brother, John Sullivan of Seattle and his wife, Jean. He was predeceased by his sister, the late Betty Johnson of Peabody, Mass. He also had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Bill was born on June 2, 1938, to John Henry and Catherine Delphine (Marshall) Sullivan of Lynn, MA, where his family lived for generations. Bill and his wife Annette Marion LaPlante were married on May 28, 1961, and lived together in Peabody, MA, where their children were born. Bill’s sister Betty and her husband Charlie and their three sons lived just a street away.
Bill graduated from Lynn English High School, and at 17, began working for an electrician in Lynn, before working in quality control at a manufacturing plant in Salem. At that time, he took technical courses at Massachusetts Radio and Northeastern University, and also served in the Massachusetts National Guard. He was called to active duty during the early 1960s and was proud to serve in protection of our country.
After some years, Bill, Annette, and their children moved to Altoona, Penn., where Bill was vice-president of the Proctor-Silex manufacturing plant. Subsequently, Bill moved his family to Blythewood, where he worked with the Risdon Corp., and later established a family-owned manufacturing company in Camden. More recently, Bill and Annette lived in Bend, Ore., and in Issaquah and DuPont, Wash., where he pursued a remarkably productive career as industrial manager, engineer, and inventor. Self-trained, he developed software for use in monitoring the efficiency of manufacturing plants. He was involved in developing the apparatus for painting new cars, and in the development of industrial induction motors, and in a host of other projects and inventions.
Annette’s mother Bea came to live with them in DuPont, and in those years, Bill and Annette lived close to their son James and granddaughters Brittany and Shelby, and to his brother John, his wife Jean, and their daughters Katie and Ellen. In the last few years, Bill, Annette, and Bea moved to Camden. Bill was also a proud grandfather to his son Chris’s daughter Caitlyn and son Ryan Sullivan, all of Texas, and a he was a great grandfather to his granddaughter Brittany’s children, Mya and Malakai of Washington.
A dedicated and talented golfer, Bill played on many of the most reknowned courses throughout the country. It was a joy for his many friends and brother John to golf with him. In his free time, Bill perfected his own process for making delectable bread and pizza crust. He also took great pleasure in the company of his cats. Bill was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed sharing his produce with his friends and neighbors. He was a loving man, cherished by his family and business friends for his generosity, kindness, and honesty. Being with Bill was a great joy.
A Prayer Rosary followed by a visitation will be held in Bill’s memory at Kornegay Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., and a Funeral Mass is planned at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Friday, January 15, at noon in Camden. Memorials may be made to the Meyer-Thiel Pet Adoption Center, 128 Black River Road, Camden, SC, 29020. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge.