May 3, 2020

    Richard F. Sullivan, 89, formerly of Chittenango passed away Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Born in Afton, NY, Dick was a resident of Chittenango 64 years moving to Fayetteville in 2017. Dick was an elementary school teacher in the Chittenango Central School District for 33 years retiring in 1986. An active member of the Chittenango community, Dick was the Village of Chittenango historian, he was a member of the Chittenango Lion’s Club, he volunteered at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and the Chittenango Oz Fest, he was a member of the Oakwood Cemetery in Chittenango Board of Trustee’s, a past member of the Town of Sullivan Park’s Board, was a Boy Scout leader for many years and was a member of the NYS Retired teachers Association. He was presented the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by President Obama in 2016. Dick was a member of the Chittenango United Methodist Church. He was predeceased by his wife Martha in 2013. He is survived by his son Michael Sullivan (Lora) of Chittenango, his companion Wilma Stedman of Fayetteville, his brother Grant Sullivan of Greene, NY, and his grandchildren, Jarrett and Sean Sullivan and Leah Potter. Private family services will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Chittenango. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the Chittenango Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 63, Chittenango, NY 13037.

    G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

    CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366



    As our brother-in-law, Dick was part of our family for 62 years. Our sympathy to Mike and Lora and the grandchildren. May he be remembered by all who knew him, and that was many.


    Michael, I spent many hours with your Dad in the Chittenango Historian's office looking at maps and pondering the location of the Baum Barrel Factory. Dick was always ready to puzzle through some of the convoluted deeds from the 1800s. He was always energetic and kind. It is never easy to lose a Dad; but this year the pain of loss seems to go deeper. May you find comfort among family and friends, and in warm memories of times spent with your Dad. Sue Ferrara, PhD Author: The Family of the Wizard: The Baums of Syracuse