Hundreds attend Sullivan funeral

Posted: Monday, October 05, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Hundreds of people have bid a final farewell to Anchorage's longest serving mayor.

George Sullivan - who ran the city for 14 years and shepherded growth through the beginning of the oil boom and the creation of a single city government - died last month at age 87 of complications of lung cancer.

His funeral at a Catholic church in the city Saturday drew about 800 people - among them were generations of state politicians, including former Gov. Frank Murkowski and incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.

"George Sullivan left not just a mark, but he also left a legacy," said former Archbishop of Anchorage Francis Hurley, who is now retired.

Sullivan's children, including current Mayor Dan Sullivan, sat at the front of the church as hundreds listened to scripture and sang hymns to begin the ceremony.

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