Ira Lee Sullivan

August 9, 1932 - February 18, 2014
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Ira passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at home, at 81 years of age. A native of Ontario, Wisconsin and long-time resident of El Sobrante. Survived by his daughter, Shawn DeMello and her husband, Michael of El Sobrante; sister, Emme Stoddard of Hillsboro, Wisconsin; brother, Nick Sullivan of Hillsboro, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Katie DeMello and Jared DeMello, both of El Sobrante; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Sullivan in 2012; and son, Michael Sullivan in 1982. Ira served in the US Navy in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. He worked as a truck driver for A.H. Thompson Paint Co, Berkeley, retired 1998, and also worked as a farrier. He was an honorary lifetime member of the California State Horsemen’s Assn (where he was a gymkhana judge for over 30 years), Tri-Cities Horsemen’s Assn, and Bayview Horsemen’s Assn. He was an excellent horseman, and much loved by his family, animals, and all those he came in contact with. Ira touched the lives of so many.

Friends and acquaintances are cordially invited to attend funeral services Monday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Sunset View Mortuary, top of Fairmount Avenue, El Cerrito; interment, Sunset View Cemetery. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Assn, 135 Parkinson Ave, Staten Island NY 10305 (apda@apdaparkinson.org).

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Date: Monday, February 24, 2014

Time: 11:00 am

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530


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Born: August 9, 1932
Died: February 18, 2014

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Carol Castaneda posted on 2/24/14

Shawn and Family. I moved to North Carolina in 2009 and was never told of your Mothers passing. Your Dad and I judged many shows together and it hurts to hear of him leaving us, but I know he will now be happy with yor mother.


Monica and Dan Kelsey posted on 2/21/14

Our condolences on the lost of your love one. Ira was a great person to know and he will be highly missed. It will be hard to go to the gymkhana shows knowing that he will not be there.