Charles “Stu” Sullivan

Charles (Stu) Sullivan: Born Aug 25, 1933, Deceased Nov 8, 2019

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Stu.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, his daughter Candy Hayward, his son Kelly (Diane), his step son Jeff Rood (Waltzby) and grandchildren Sean, Noel, Charlotte and Rachel Sullivan, Shawn and Sheena Seguin and Jedd and Malaya Rood.

He is predeceased by his son Skip (Mary) and his sister Miriam Leroux (Larry).

Stu, a native of Montreal, began his career as a steam engineer at the British American Oil refinery in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and was elected as a union steward at the age of 21. He was recruited by the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers Union (present day Unifor) and became the Sarnia and District international representative.

 Stu was elected Vice-president of the Ontario Federation of Labour and President of the Sarnia and District Labour Council. He has lectured at U.S. and Canadian universities on quality of work life. He served as the Canadian representative at the World Council of quality of work life conference in France.

Stu has been elected Chairman of the Board for Lambton College Board of Governors. He has served as the President of the Sarnia and District United Appeal and Director of the Sarnia Community Foundation.

Stu has been the NDP nominee for the MPP.

In his youth he played junior football for the Lakeshore Flyers and was a competitive swimmer.

Later in life Stu enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Stu at the Unifor Local 914 Hall, 900 Devine St, Sarnia, Saturday, Nov 23, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00. All are welcome.

Charitable donations can be made to the Sarnia Community Foundation.


5 Comments on “Charles “Stu” Sullivan”

  1. We loved Stu and the world is a poorer place with out him. Janie, Wendy, Michelle and Melissa.

  2. My heart is with the entire Sullivan family. So many memories flash thru my mind of Stu and my father, Ivan Hillier. Heavens a little bit brighter with his shining light. Be blessed.

  3. Diane and Kelly, I’m so sorry to read that you folks and your family have suffered this loss. Kelly, I read the write up on this site and your dad sounds like a wonderful and interesting person. Lots to be proud of in his history. Please accept my warm and sincere condolences.

  4. Deeply saddened by the news of Stu’s passing. I recall his early days in Sarnia both as a bright light in local labour politics, and as a good family friend. Stu’s contribution to the labour movement in Ontario and Canada cannot be underestimated; his dedication to workers’ rights was genuine, significant, and life-long. He was a true gentleman and a fine human being who generously gave of himself – always with intelligence, a warm sense of humour and an innate dignity. RIP Stu.

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