LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jere E. Sullivan, 99, Lexington, KY passed away Friday May 31st, 2013 at his home. Born April 7, 1914 in Paris, Ky to the late Emma Gilbert Sullivan and Daniel Paul Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Virginia Johnson Sullivan; second wife, Lovette Adams Sullivan, his daughter, Patricia Sullivan Hart, step-daughter, April Bolton, siblings, Elizabeth Sullivan, Kate Sullivan, Gilbert Sullivan and Mary Agnes Brannock. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Ann Sullivan, son-in-law, Lewis Roberts Hart III, grandson Joshua R. (Megan) Hart, granddaughter, Kelly Hart (Josh) Esenbock, great-grandsons, Brooks and Cameron Esenbock, sister, Genevieve Brannon, brother, Daniel Paul Sullivan, beloved niece, Coby Clancy Hickman, step-daughter, Tamara Lucas, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a Certified Public Accountant in Lexington, having received his certificate on February 23, 1954 and was founder of Sullivan, Morris, Sullivan and Hart, PSC. He was also a Personal Financial Specialist. He was actively involved in the accounting firm until recent months.
He was a World War II veteran and served with the support troops in the Normandy Invasion. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Finance Division and was awarded the Bronze Star. He enjoyed talking with family and friends about his WW II experiences. He was given an Anniversary Medallion of the Battle of Normandy by the Regional Council of Lower Normandy, France. After the war Jere was a bank teller at the Bank of Commerce and became the bank auditor.
In 1962, Monsignor Richard O’Neill, pastor of Christ the King Church asked Jere to “help out” at Lexington’s Catholic Cemetery, Calvary. For the next 44 years, he was the pro-bono manager of the cemetery. During his tenure, he made many improvements to the cemetery grading and leveling sections of the cemetery to provide more usable space for burials. He platted and designed new burial gardens, new roadways and many landscaping improvements. He was most proud of the Perpetual Care Fund that was set up to provide for the future maintenance of the cemetery. He managed the investments of this fund and during his time it grew from nothing to over $2 million dollars in investments. Doing this work for the cemetery was one of the great joys of his life.
Jere was a very generous, loving and fun-loving person. He was a great friend to many providing support and encouragement to many friends and family. Though he had no sons, he was a father to many sons.
Because of his love for his family, he hosted an annual family gathering at Carter Caves State Park for 45 years. He had a love of travel with friends and family and went to Ireland several times where he visited his grandfather’s grave. One of his many hobbies was picture framing which he enjoyed doing with his grandson, Josh. He was a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King Parish, the Knights of Columbus, American Institute of CPA’s, Ky Society of CPA’s and the VFW.
In the 1960’s he became interested in exercise and joined the YMCA. He made many friends there and enjoyed swimming, running, walking, and weights. In later years, he enjoyed Pilates and was still working with his personal trainer, Melissa Jutras at the time of his death. He attributed part of his longevity to his dedicated exercise.
Jere attended St. Mary School and Paris High School where he was a member of the Parisian Circle, ran track, played basketball and football, coached by Blanton Collier.
Jere appreciated the loving care he received from his caregivers, Janis Hale, a long-time friend of the family, and Emma Frances Shofner, his niece. Their patience and companionship enhanced his life and helped him enjoy his last years.
Visitation is Tuesday, June 4th at Milward-Southland from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Wednesday, June 5th at 11:30 am with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers are Lewis Roberts Hart III, Joshua R. Hart, Josh Esenbock, Danny Sullivan, Jere Clancy, John R. Morris, Robert Hickman, Patrick Hickman, Todd Hickman, Ted Henry, and Ben Rainwater.
Memorial donations may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave., Versailles, KY and Queen of All Saints Church, 90 Railroad Street, Beattyville, KY.
Services will be held at:
Cathedral of Christ the King
299 Colony Blvd
Lexington, KY 40502
Service scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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