May Sullivan

Surrey pioneer passes away

May Sullivan known for her keen sense of humour; service planned for Nov. 30.

A Surrey pioneer and much-loved teacher has died.

May Isabell Sullivan, wife of Jim Sullivan, died peacefully and surrounded by family at Zion Park Manor in Cloverdale on Nov. 22.

She was 98 years old.

Sullivan spent most of her life in Surrey, but served overseas as an ambulance driver with her sister Margie during the Second World War.

She taught for almost 30 years at Cloverdale Catholic School, and prior to that, in the public school system.

“May,” “Mum,” “Granny,” (and “Mrs. Sullivan” to her many students) was a kind, calm, steady person with quiet resolve, her son Brian Sullivan said.

Her father-in-law settled the area around what is now 152 Street and 64 Avenue.

May Sullivan was a loving wife, devoted mother, and caring friend, Brian said. Her house was a gathering place for family and friends. Everyone was always made to feel welcome and make themselves at home – and they did.

Sullivan was known for her sweet disposition and a sense of humour.

She is survived by six children, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service takes place at Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, 17475 59 Ave., on Friday (Nov. 30) at 11 a.m.