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James J. "Jerry" Sullivan, 92, of South Buffalo, a retired shipping agent for steamship lines, died Monday (Sept. 17, 2001) in Seneca Manor, West Seneca, after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, the eldest son in a family of nine children, he grew up in the Old First Ward.

As a teenager, Sullivan began working on the waterfront with Great Lakes Transit, where he became a rate clerk and a traffic manager. During World War II, he was a civilian employee of the Army. Working in Rochester, he arranged to ship airplanes from Curtiss-Wright.

After the war, he began a 35-year career representing ocean steamship lines, first with U.S. Steel Corp., then with independent agencies. A few years before retiring in 1982, he formed his own company, Sullivan Steamship Agency.

He was a former director of the Transportation Club of Buffalo and was a member of the Buffalo World Trade Association. He also was a member of the Rochester and Syracuse foreign trade clubs.

Sullivan was a 55-year member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

He and Elizabeth Quinn were married in 1941.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a sister, Margaret Guillow of Buffalo, and three brothers, Joseph and Donald, both of West Seneca, and Francis of Buffalo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Evangelist Church, 2315 Seneca St., after prayers at 9 in James W. Cannan Funeral Home, 2397 Seneca St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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