Mr. Werner Robert Sullivan



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Werner Robert Sullivan, age 77 of Largo, FL went to his final resting place following a long battle with Alzheimers on May 15, 2024.  

He was born in Kassel, Germany  but lived in Northern California for the majority of his life.  He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the San Francisco Bar Pilots in 2012.

He was the son of the late Margot and Robert Sullivan. He was preceded in death by brother, Michael and sister, Barbara. His survivors include his beloved wife, Carol; daughters, Kerry (Bryan); and Laura (Elia); and 4 wonderful grandchildren, Mia, Megan, Molly and Pierce.  

Werner (aka Bob) had a generous heart and kind soul.  As he moved through his final act of his life with Alzheimers, with dignity, grace and dry humor.  His spirit will shine through eternally.

Ceremonies and Service dates are still being finalized.  Please check back here for the most current/updated information.   




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21 Condolences

  1. John Giannatasio Joann Balotti on June 1, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    Dear Carol, so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Joann and I are wishing you health thru this terrible time. Know how much you and him were loved. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Tom Miller on May 31, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Dear Carol and Family,

    My deepest condolences to You and the Family. Werner was so great to work with while Dispatching for the Bar Pilots. He always had a smile on His face and never changed no matter how bad things got. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you All.

    Rest in peace Werner,

    Tom Miller

  3. Laura on May 31, 2024 at 4:15 am

    You will be missed so deeply by so many. You truly left a special mark on the people fortunate enough to know you. You always had the best sense of humor, and a kind, loving heart.
    Carol, you stood by him lovingly as an amazing supporter, advocate, wife, and friend. You took the absolute best care of him out of the deep love you have for him and I’m forever grateful for that.
    Dad, I know you’re in a much better place, at peace right now, watching over us all.
    Until we see you again.
    Love you

  4. Daniel Larwood on May 31, 2024 at 3:27 am

    My heart felt condolences to Carol and the entire family. Werner was so great to work with for the 17 years that we worked together. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye! He will always have a fond place in my heart.

  5. Capt. Bruce Horton on May 31, 2024 at 12:12 am

    Werner-Bob was the best guy ever! I remember many great times at the SFBP and Giants games we would go to! I’ve missed you throughout the years…hopefully you are at peace now and we will meet up again some day!! Condolences to your family!

  6. Peter McIsaac on May 30, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    Dear Carol and family, my condolences for your loss. Had the pleasure to work with Bob for many years. Always appreciated his dry sense of humor and steady demeanor. He was truly a steady shipmate.

  7. Dan Boriolo on May 30, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    Thinking back to working with you brings a smile to my face still. My deepest condolences to your family. Fair sky’s and a following sea my friend

  8. Capt. Pete Fuller, SFBP (R) on May 30, 2024 at 5:38 pm

    Dear Carol and Family,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Werner Bob made getting dispatched to a long day of ship handling a pleasure. May he rest in peace.

  9. Tom Vilas on May 30, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    Warner Bob,
    To your family my deepest condolences. To you, my heart felt thanks for getting to know you a little bit and making even the worst dispatch news something we could both laugh at. Our world was a better place for your presence.
    Rest well, my friend.

  10. Captain Steve Roberts on May 30, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    My sincere condolences to your beautiful family… The thought of your spirit puts a smile on my face.
    Werner Bob, rest in peace

  11. Captain Stephen MacLachlan on May 30, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    He was always such a stable feature in the dispatch office and a joy to work with

  12. Capt. Gregg Waugh, San Francisco Bar Pilot, Retired on May 30, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    Fair winds and following seas on your new voyage.
    Remember you well from both Redstack tugs and the Bar Pilots.

  13. John Weiss on May 30, 2024 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Carol & family our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with you all. Werner was a delight and will be remembered with a warm smile .
    May peace be with you
    John & Elsa Weiss

  14. Evelyn Oliver on May 30, 2024 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for sharing Bob’s obituary. Brought back so many wonderful memories. Believe me I know the emptiness you feel when they are gone but I am so grateful that I know how happy they must be to be healthy and whole once again. Sending prayers your way.

  15. Robin Turner on May 30, 2024 at 12:08 am

    Carol, thank you for sending me this beautiful obituary… I appreciate it. I don’t know if I ever met Bob, but I have known you for 40* years, and my heart breaks for you and your family. Please know lots of love and prayers are being sent to both you and his family….


  16. Vicky Bacalles on May 29, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    Bob is definitely in a better place now! Im so sorry Carol for your loss! He will always love ❤️ you! I have memories of always dancing with Bob you No how much he loves to dance. And when Eddie I first met both of you how we all got along so well ! And Eddie loved being around Bob now they are together ❤️ love you if you need anything im here! Your friend Vicky

  17. Paula Rettig on May 29, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    You have been such a loving and devoting wife. Yours and Bob love was so deep and was true love. Bob was kind, loving, funny and incredibly thoughtful. He will be missed by so many of us, but the memories of Bob and you will keep me laughing. I’m sending you love and prayers. . Love you lots, Carol.,

  18. Diana Rhoades on May 29, 2024 at 7:16 pm

    Dear Carol, Bob and you have been and are a huge part of my life. I met you both in 1981 when we all worked at Crowley Maritime in San Francisco. We had such fun times and so many memories from that time. The super bowl party. Christmas party at my apartment and all those happy hours of laughing after work.
    Bob was such a gentle and kind man. Whenever I think of him, I smile. And oh, he was funny too.
    It is hard to believe he is gone but the Bob we knew and loved will live on in our hearts. I know how hard this is and I am sending my love. I will always love you guys.

  19. Debbie Dragone on May 29, 2024 at 7:09 pm

    My thoughts, love and prayers are with his beautiful wife, Carol and his children. He was a very sweet man filled with laughter and love ❤️🙏💕❤️

  20. Kelly Yonce on May 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Praying for you and the rest of the family as you continue to both mourn and celebrate his life. It was a beautiful tribute to Uncle Bob.

  21. Sue Thomas on May 29, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Dear Carol,
    My sincere condolences to you and the family. Always enjoyed our outings with you and Bob during my visits to Florida. I’m so sorry for Bob’s illness and hope one day a cure is found. May Bob rest in sternal peace and many happy and loving memories be eternal. ❤️😇

    Love and deepest sympathy

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