Allen Sullivan (link to video of service added)
1946 - 2024
Allen Sullivan (link to video of service added)
Service Information
Service Date
Wednesday March 6, 2024
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"He strived to make a difference"
The family of Louis Allen Sullivan – known to many as Al or "Uncle Al" – are saddened to announce his passing on Thursday, February 29, 2024 in the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater at the age of 77. Born in Wolfville, he was a son of the late Billie Sullivan and Buelah (Carey) Surette.
Throughout his working career, Allen was an insurance and financial advisor with Household Finance, then with Prudential Insurance, and then with London Life until his retirement. He was an avid reader, a World War II history buff, a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays, and loved spending time being Poppy to his beloved grandchildren.
Allen was always committed to being a volunteer in various capacities but this really kicked into overdrive once he retired. He was passionate about volunteer service and giving back to his community - he viewed it as an extension of his faith and service to God.
He was involved in various ways with numerous groups and fundraising efforts throughout Lunenburg County over his lifetime, including: Pleasantville Baptist Church, Pleasantville Fire Department, Operation Christmas Child, Autism Nova Scotia, Pentz Elementary School, Bridgewater Lions Club, South Shore Regional Hospital, the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore Radiothon, Lunenburg County Citizens On Patrol, Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Canadian Blood Services, and much more. He also served at various times on the boards of the LaHave River Credit Union, the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, and Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick. Allen had a soft spot in his heart for kids in need and he loved being an encouragement and mentor to kids of all ages.
Allen was highly motivated to help people and families who have been touched by cancer.  While he and his wife Anne were both going through treatments themselves he had a vision of creating a cancer care room at the South Shore Regional Hospital to help support local cancer patients and their caregivers.  He joined with others to form the David Atkinson Memorial Bonspiel for Cancer to raise funds to help make this happen.  The Journey Room was opened in 2015 – a dream come true for both Allen and Anne and they have been active volunteers in the room as long as they were able.
Allen received many awards and recognition for his volunteerism. He did not volunteer to get recognition – he hated getting his picture taken! – but he was humbled and honoured each time.  Some of these include:
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Nova Scotia)
Nova Scotia Provincial Volunteer of the Year (2008)
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Volunteer Service Award (2023)
Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow
Lions Club International – Melvin Jones Fellow
Pleasantville Fire Department – made an Honorary Firefighter after retiring from active service (41 years total) in Dec 2023
He is survived by Anne, his wife of 52 years;
their children, Cheryl (Jerry) Hanel, Oklahoma and Michael (Stacey) Sullivan, Hammonds Plains;
grandchildren Luke, Grace, Elias, and Ian Sullivan
sisters Valeria Sullivan and Judi (Edward) Hollett, both of Halifax;
father-in-law Earl Johnstone, North Sydney
sisters in law Louise (John) Yahn of Cambridge, ON and Susan (Wally) Hannem of Timberlea; nieces Jane, Louise, Gillian, Jo-Leen, and their families
cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family in the Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, and Ontario
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Billie; his mother-in-law Yvonne Johnstone.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the Pleasantville Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Moore and Rev. Phil Locke officiating.
Burial will take place at a later date in a private family service.
Family flowers only by request.
In honour of Allen’s memory, we encourage you to give an act of service wherever you see a need.  Allen was passionate about spreading the message that if everyone would do one thing to help those around us our world would be a better place. Donations in Allen’s memory may also be made to Pleasantville Baptist Church, Pleasantville Fire Department or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville, where on-line inquiries and condolences may be directed to

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