Celebration of Life: Remembering Robert ‘Sully’ Sullivan

Robert “Sully” Sullivan mends his gear on A float in Cordova’s north harbor in preparation of the next commercial gillnet opener. Photo captured in the spring of 2005. “In 2005 I lived at the Reluctant Hotel for three months. My window looked directly out on Sully’s boat and I would often see him out there working away on his net, rain or shine. I took a number of photos of him as he seemed to be an interesting fisherman, always busy.” Photo by David Little/for The Cordova Times

By Rocky Stone
For The Cordova Times

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the Telluride Ski Patrol spread Sully’s ashes over Sully’s Gully in Telluride, Colorado.

This is how the event transpired:

At 10 a.m., seven members of the original ski patrol met at one of their homes, where they imbibed in Bloody Mary’s and then proceeded to the top of Sully’s Gully.

Here, they rigged together a makeshift avalanche-control cannon and shot his ashes out over all creation.

They then skied to the base of the mountain and crossed the street to the Sheridan Bar where they had reserved “Sully’s Corner” for a celebration of his life.


The rest is history, except to say – there was a smile on his face. It was a day full of grace.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was wonderful too.

Love you all,