Raymond Sullivan, 80

Business owner, golfer

June 09, 2007

Raymond F. Sullivan Sr., 80, a retired businessman and Catonsville resident who was killed June 2 in an automobile crash on Interstate 95 in Four Oaks, N.C., was remembered yesterday at graveside services at New Cathedral Cemetery.

Mr. Sullivan was returning from a golfing vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with his two brothers, sister and sister-in-law when the car in which he was riding struck an embankment and overturned. The other passengers were treated for injuries.

Mr. Sullivan was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. He attended city public schools and served in the Army in France at the end of World War II.

He was working as a manager for Baltimore Stationery Co. when he established Copying Products on East 25th Street in the early 1960s.

"His was the first company to carry 3M copying machines and the first company to carry Savin copy machines," said a daughter, Linda R. Strott of Towson.

Mr. Sullivan sold the business in the 1970s and retired.

Mr. Sullivan was an avid golfer who was a city golf champion in the 1950s and 1960s, family members said. He enjoyed playing at Mount Pleasant, Clifton Park and Pine Ridge golf courses.

"Until he had a stroke last year, he was shooting in the low 60s," Mrs. Strott said.

He won two Senior Olympic gold medals in 2002 and 2004.

Mr. Sullivan also enjoyed singing. A tenor, Mr. Sullivan and his wife of 10 years, the former Nancy Franz, formed the Singing Sullivans, which performed popular music and Broadway show tunes from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s at senior citizen centers.

A memorial gathering will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Palestine Masonic Lodge, 837 Frederick Road, Catonsville.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sons, Raymond J. "Rick" Sullivan of Perry Hall and Jack Sullivan of Jarrettsville; another daughter, Robin A. Welbourn of Perry Hall; a stepson, Joseph Franz of Catonsville; a stepdaughter, Denise Ford of Catonsville; two brothers, William Sullivan of Towson and Ernest Sullivan of Timonium; four sisters, Marie Simms of Lutherville, Theresa Maskeroni of Timonium, Jean Anders and Eleanor Stella, both of Casselberry, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Betty Evans ended in divorce.

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