Raymond Sullivan Memorial Fund
SULLIVAN, RAYMOND P., 72, of Key Biscayne, FL died peacefully on Tuesday May 26, 2015 surrounded by his family at the University of Miami Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ray was born in Bayonne, NJ on 1/18/43 and graduated from Rumson Fair Haven High School in 1961 and was always a proud member of the park boys. He served his country for 4 years, 1961-65, in the US Air Force before attending Champlain College in Burlington, VT. It was there where he met his wife of 47 years, Margaret (Peggy) Bombard. He graduated in 1967 as President of the student council and was married shortly thereafter in Boston, MA. He then attended the University of Tennessee before moving back to New Jersey where he went to work with his brother Mike in the family janitorial business. In 1973, after losing a coin toss with his brother, moved to Key Biscayne, FL as they began to expand their business.
He immediately fell in love with the Key, Biscayne Bay and the island life where he decided to raise his family. He quickly became involved in his community while raising their 4 children. He was a long standing little league baseball coach, past president of the Key Biscayne Athletic club (1980-82) and co director of the Lighthouse Run. He then began getting involved on the political side of the Key as they began to incorporate into the Village of Key Biscayne.
He served on the first ever council (1991-96) and was the village’s first vice-mayor. He was instrumental in the formation of Key Biscayne’s own Police Dept and Fire Rescue and the purchase of land on Crandon Blvd. now known as the Village Green. He was recently awarded the first honorary Fire Chief by the current Chief in a memorable, private ceremony. See more here.