PRESQUE ISLE – Phillip R. Sullivan, 71, loving father and dear friend, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at a Grapevine, Texas, hospital while visiting family for the holidays. Phil, known as “Sully” to his friends and “Phippy” to family, was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Berlin, N.H., to the proud parents of Marguerite and John Sullivan. He was one of the Sullivan’s seven children, four girls and three boys. Avid in sports, Phil lettered in four sports at Berlin High School. Shortly after graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Hansen and began a family. With a strong love of the outdoors, Phil began what would prove to be a long and established career in the forestry industry. With a strong reputation in the forestry business, Phil, along with his wife, Jean and two young daughters, Susan and Patricia, was lured to Maine for a career opportunity working as woodlands procurement manager for Columbia Plywood Corp., Presque Isle. As he and his family grew, so did his love of northern Maine and his work in the forestry business. As is often the case, love of what you do breeds success. Exception was not the case for Phil. Recognized for his strong knowledge of the forestry business and leadership abilities, Phil was offered a top leadership position with J.D. Irving Limited, where he would be general manager of U.S. Woodlands. In this role, he would oversee forest harvesting, replanting, maintenance and oversight for nearly six million acres of woodlands scattered across Maine. After 20 years in this role, Phil retired December 2005. In admiration and appreciation for his many contributions to their company, the Irving family dedicated a road in his name. For those who travel the north country, take a ride on the Sullivan Road in the north Maine woods. As most outdoorsmen, Phil loved sports, which enabled him to enjoy nature’s beauty as well. He had a true love for the game of golf and spent as much time as he could on the links with friends. He also enjoyed fishing and bird hunting, both of which brought him back to the forest. Phil had a great sense of humor and wit. He was an avid reader and was especially fond of poetry. Phil was predeceased by his parents, John and Marguerite Sullivan; brothers, David and Paul Sullivan; and sister, Jane Souders. Phil is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean; daughters, Susan J. Hatch and her husband, Skip, of Bangor, Patricia Robertson and her husband, Harry, of Lexington, Mass.; and son, Stephen Phillip Sullivan and his wife, Sandy, of Southlake, Texas. In addition, Phil was the proud grandfather to five grandchildren, Nickolas, Sara, Allie, Ben and Jessica. Phil is also survived by sisters, Betty McWhinnie and Debbie Roberge of Colorado and Mary Ellen Luchese of Pennsylvania; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration in memory of his life will be held at a later date.