Joseph Sullivan is an 81 year old Korean War Veteran from Hatboro, PA. He was nominated by Steve Park and John McDonald over at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove. Mr. Sullivan trained as an Army soldier at Fort Lee Virginia. In 1952, his fellow soldiers went to Korea and he was sent to France for 15 months when he was just 21 years old. There, he worked at an ammunition supply depot storing ammunitions for the war. He now lives with his loving cousins Joe and Virginia.
He has a 2000 Dodge Caravan, in which he’s invested a great deal of money to keep running including a newly installed transmission and a set of brakes and tires. He’s got a variety of damage all around his minivan with an especially large swipe along the passenger side, which happened during a little league game for which he was the umpire. He’s been an umpire for 52 years in little league, CYO and town teams as well as a football referee for 45 years and basketball referee for 50 years. His active nature ended him up with a hip replacement just a few months ago.
Mr. Sullivan is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet; humble, kind and funny.
Other background info that isn’t pertinent to the project:
Joseph came from a broken family and was raised up in two orphanage homes over 13 years. The nuns taught him early on how to respect everybody, to be fair, honest, to not hate and be nice to everyone. This “training” as he calls it has permeated through to his umpiring young kids. He tries to help them by explaining the rules and the calls he makes. The children’s parents love him. The CYO basketball Region 11 has an award named after him called “The Joseph Sullivan Sportsmanship Award”.
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