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SULLIVAN, Mitch Metro

December 10, 1937 – November 7, 2011

It is with the greatest sorrow ever known that the family of Mitch Sullivan announce his passing when their finite, earthly love could no longer sustain him after a heart attack.

Mitch was born in Vegreville, AB, moved to Field, BC at 12 years, to Edmonton at 17, and to Red Deer in 1960 where he lived, worked and played until his passing. His absolute passion for working and playing were beyond compare. The oil industry consumed his professional and working life. Farming, boating, fishing, inventing, building, and development projects were his recreational and fun time. Mitch began his oil career in 1958 with Leidecker Tool, later purchasing the company and naming it Tubetest Service and Supply as it is known today and put mind, body and soul into making it reputable. He developed, changed and patented many aspects of the business. Swan Hills, Wolfcreek, Fox Creek, Valleyview, Slave Lake, Peace River, offshore Atlantic and the Beaufort Sea became dinner time talk as did camps and camp food and heating soup on the truck engine. Along the journey he had his farming adventures and misadventures. Boating on the west coast became the new passion in the 80’s – trips to Alaska, the Queen Charlottes – never too rough or too far. His second home became Brentwood Bay, BC – fishing, crabbing, prawning, and always messing around the dock, revamping something that was good but could be better. In his spare time he developed a light industrial park and a campground along the Red Deer River. Mitch absolutely enjoyed life to the fullest and that enjoyment was always enhanced by the everlasting support, devotion, manual labour and love of his forever wife Shirley; daughter Michelle (Murray) and their children Mikasa, Mitaya, Presley, and Taylor; son Mike and his children Janelle, Joshua and Janessa; brother Bill (Terry); and numerous nieces, nephews and friends in Alberta, British Columbia, California, and elsewhere. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, three sisters-in-law, a sister, and a brother-in-law. Mitch always put his own needs aside to spend quality time with family no matter when or where. He also valued and respected his friends and workmates. We are so grateful and honoured to have been blessed with such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be dearly, dearly missed by all who really knew him.

We Love You Mitch.

A Celebration of Mitch’s Life will be held at CrossRoads Church (38105 Range Road 275, Southwest corner of 32nd Street and Hwy #2, Red Deer, AB) on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the War Amputations of Canada, National Headquarters, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4, www.waramps.ca or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Mitch Sullivan a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., Calgary, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Lee & Carmen McCormick :

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Mitch & I were very good friends since 1957. Condolences to all the family. We are leaving for Arizona on Nov. 16 so will not be able to attend the funeral.

    Lee & Carmen

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  2. Carol and Jim Scott Family :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, our hearts and thoughts go out to all of you during this sad time . Carol, Jim, Tyler, Morgan and Bryce .

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  3. Lyle and Marg Walker :

    Dear Shirley, Michelle, and Mike,
    We were shocked and saddend to hear of Mitchs passing. Please except our sincere sympathies.
    Love to all of your family.
    Sincerely Marg and Lyle

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  4. How very sorry I was to read of Mitch’s death in the paper. Thinking of you in your loss.
    Shirley, I still have the African Violet that you gave me when Len passed away.
    Sincerely, Marj Mash

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  5. Jean and Bruce Freeman :

    We are sorry to hear of your loss and send our condolences to all your family. May God give you Peace and the strength to carry you through this difficult time. Know we care.
    With Love and Sympathy,
    Jean and Bruce Freeman

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  6. Rose Marie Buckmaster :

    To Auntie Shirley and family, also Uncle Bill and Auntie Teresa, I love you all so much and it hurts not to be able to come, but I want you all to now how much I love all of you. I never saw much of the family since I left Alberta, but you have all been in my thoughts and prayers. I will think of Uncle often. He was a wonderful and loving man, and he will indeed be greatly missed. With All my Love to all. Love Rose Marie.

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  7. Ainslie Roberts :

    Shirley, we are so sorry to hear that Mitch died. Our condolences to you and all your family. I am so glad that we had dinner with you and Mitch in Sidney, BC in September. It was wonderful to meet you both. My heart goes out to you.
    Ainslie Roberts and Jim Somerville

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  8. Bill and Lila Merchant :

    Our Deepest sympathy to you Shirley and family, we always enjoyed our visits with you and Mitch at the park, he will be missed. May the Lord give you strength in the days ahead.

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  9. Reg & Lyn Radford :

    Michelle, Murray & family
    Our heartful condolences go to you all. Losing a parent is one of the saddest days of our lives. May your memories help you through this difficult time!

    Reg & Lyn

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  10. Michelle,
    I want to convey my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your dad. Praying for peace and comfort for you all in these difficult days and in the days to come.

    Tracey Twa

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  11. Sorry to hear about Mitch’s passing. I worked along side Mitch all those years ago – back as far as 1973, when he used to run his own Tubetest unit. Always enjoyed working with Mitch. The Oilpatch has lost one of it’s good ones again.

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  12. Mike & Pat Cleaver :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and send our condolences to all of you.
    Love & hugs
    Mike & Pat

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  13. Ed & Molly Janak :

    Dear Shirley and family,
    Pat phoned to tell us of the sad news about dear Mitch. We will always remember the nice visit we had with you.
    Today, especially, we have been thinking about you all day.
    Love,
    Ed & Molly

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  14. Kimberley McLaren-Mayhew :

    Shirley, Mike and Michelle,
    I just heard about Mitch’s death and wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to you all. It is incredibly difficult to loose a spouse and parent. May God’s love, His grace and mercy sustain you all as you walk through this time of grief. Love Kimberley

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