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Neil King Sullivan, 71, Retired Ford Scheduler, Fan of Classic and Fast Cars

He belonged to Knights of Columbus and coached T-ball and CYO basketball.

Neil King Sullivan, a retired scheduling supervisor for Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, frequented the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, attended numerous car shows and became a fan of Indy Car and Formula One Racing.

The Avon Lake resident, who died June 9 at age 71 at in Avon, belonged to the Southwest Mustang Club.

Sullivan, an admirer of Duesenberg and Bugatti automobiles, also liked to visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, IN.

 The Cleveland native graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1956. He attended John Carroll University.

In 1962, Sullivan graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati and began serving with the Army Reserves.

He worked for Republic Steel before taking a job with Ford.

Sullivan belonged to Knights of Columbus Fr. Ragan Council of Avon, Cleveland Jaycees and the of Avon Lake. He had coached his daughters’ Tee-ball and CYO basketball teams.

His favorite musical acts included the Irish Sopranos, Dave Brubeck and Preservation Hall Jazz and Zydeco.

Sullivan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janet A. (nee Wakefield); daughters, Kathleen Azzarello of Strongsville, Erin Sullivan of Westlake and Megan Scott of Avon; two grandchildren; and brother, Daniel Sullivan of Avon Lake.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 13, at , 163 Avon-Belden Rd., Avon Lake.

Prayers will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the funeral home followed by 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at, 32929 Lake Rd., Avon Lake.

Donations may be made to Harbinger Hospice, 837 Crocker Rd., Westlake, OH 44140; or St. Malachi Catholic Church, 2459 Washington Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113-2380.

Carol Murphy June 13, 2011 at 03:20 PM
The Irish Heritage Club will not be the same place without Neil. He was an exceptional member who donated time and effort to improve the organization. Rest in Peace, my friend!
Lucy balser August 13, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Neil was a great family man. Always kind and friendly. He will be missed.

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