Former Pelham councilman passes away

Published 11:32 am Wednesday, December 12, 2012

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Friends, family members and city officials said they have fond memories of a former Pelham City Council member who passed away on Dec. 9.


Robert “Bob” Sullivan, 80, served on the Pelham City Council from 2004-2008, and passed away a few months after running for Place 4 on the council during the 2012 campaign.

Sullivan also was a candidate for the Place 2 council seat vacated by former council president Mike Dickens in late 2011. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Ron Scott to fill the vacant Place 2 seat.

Sullivan frequently attended City Council meetings with his wife, up until several weeks ago. Pelham City Clerk Tom Seale said Sullivan was a frequent visitor to Pelham City Hall, and was well-liked by city employees.

“He was a very good person, and I will always remember that he was very funny,” said current Councilwoman Karyl Rice, who served on the council with Sullivan. “He was easy to have a good laugh with.

“When he was on the council, I know he was trying to do what was best for this city,” Rice added.

Pelham’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home is handling Sullivan’s funeral arrangements. As of Dec. 12, Sullivan’s funeral arrangements had not been finalized.

“Bob was a good friend and a kind-hearted soul,” former Pelham mayor Don Murphy wrote on Sullivan’s memorial page. “He will be missed, but never forgotten.”