Peter Sullivan |
On Saturday 24 th July 2004, our beloved friend Peter Sullivan, co-founder, artist and director of Music To The World passed away aged 46. This loss was sudden and unexpected. He is now at home in Heaven with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Peter has been the ministry's driving force and he will be greatly missed. He dedicated much of his life to the ministry and without his passion and contribution, Music To The World would not be where it is today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter's family, loved ones, close friends and Church community.
Peter had an amazing gift which enabled him to touch the lives of many people. Music To The World was but one of many ways God used him to share His message of love.
Many have taken the opportunity to respond below with their thoughts, prayers, or have shared a story of how Peter has touched their lives:
|Tim Owen said:|
I am not a poet. These are just the words that came to me lastnight shortly after I heard the news that Peter passed away. His legacy remains. We love you Peter, mate. God Bless.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am sad.
Sad to see Peter Sullivan leave me, loved by you, a faithful leader and Man of God.
I love him so much. It hurts now, the loss we all share.
I can but imagine the trumpets and cymbals in Heaven ringing loud enough to take and bring life. Welcoming him home, the good and faithful servant!
But what of his home here? Family. Big family. Pain inside all over - can't breathe and tears there.
Disbelief.. Why now. Still so much to offer - not too late. Grace is taking him home.
Pete's gone from here, but his life isn't. Rather his life is now - He sees through new eyes. Eyes before the throne of God. He always saw him, only now it's in person.
Pete - We love you and know you are saved by God's Grace. You're home now, where you were made to be.
Lord, help me to understand.
True Love always,
Peter was truly blessed by God and had an abundance of talents and gifts. One of these was wisdom... Not only was Pete very wise himself in all that he did, but he offered his wisdom freely to many, many other people. I will deeply miss Peter's wisdom and guidance, his passion, his very spirit.
To Peter's family: You have always been very close to my heart, and through these times, nothing has changed. I love you all very much, like you were my own family. My thoughts and prayers and all that I am are with you now, and always. God has richly blessed you all as a family and individually. It is my prayer and hope that this would continue for many generations to come!
Love & Respect,
|Nigel Rutherford said:|
Peter, you always amazed me with your passion and power for God. You were a light for this world, and a true example of God's love to his people. You will be missed dearly, and whilst I sorrow for your loss to this world, I am joyous that you are now with our Father in Heaven, no doubt celebrating there as you did so well here. God be with you my friend.
|vanessa kersting said:|
Pete, Thanks so much for believing in me and encouraging me with my music. Thanks for teaching and showing me what i needed to know with my music. You would drive me nuts sometimes with your perfection for the right sound but your wisdom and knowledge of what you were doing always left me far behind. Thanks for being such a great friend, I will miss all your little instrument impressions, and the way you would just make music fun! Thanks for your friendship, See ya in Heaven!!!
|David Beaumont said:|
Peter, your enthusiasm for God was such an inspiration to me as we built Music To The World. I'm so grateful to you for keeping us motivated and organised. Without you Music To The World wouldn't exist. We're going to have to add 3 more people to the Music To The World board just to compensate for losing you.
Outside of Music To The World you've been a great friend and an inspiration. If I ever was uninspired in worship, I only had to think of your enthusiasm to turn me around. Thanks for all your support, love and care you've shown me and everyone else in your life.
See ya later Pete, thanks.
|Matt and Eliza Buckoke said:|
We, like so many other people are truly grateful for having had the chance to know such a wonderful person. We cannot understand why a man like Peter would be taken so early in his journey, but we know that he will continue to touch people's lives through his music. No one who knew Peter could ever forget his enthusiasm and passion for praising God, not only through music but through his words of encouragement and wisdom which meant so much to us.
Peter was not only a fantastic person to work with but was also a great friend to all. He will be missed by so many people and in so many ways.
All our love Pete,
Matt and Eliza.
|Graeme and Heather Purdie said:|
We can't believe that this has happened. We are very sad and wish that we could make it better. But God knows and has not been taken by surprise. Our love and prayers go out to the whole family and we just pray that Peter's legacy will continue through Music To The World and the ministry of his music in our lives.
|Mark Perkins said:|
I did not know Peter very well. But I knew him well enough to know what he was a man of love and compassion. My prayers are with The Sullivan family and all those grieving with them.
|Matthew Harding said:|
You know, I'm a close friend of Tim Owen's who knew Peter personally. I live in the UK and I occasionally visit this site... When Tim told me what had happened I promised prayer, but since then reading all these tributes to Peter's life, I've felt touched to the heart. I feel I miss Peter already, having never even known him personally, being on the other side of the world. I pray that Peter's family and friends would be given mercy and love and all the grace of the Father. I pray that Jesus get all the glory through the ongoing work here and thank the Father for the legacy that lives on through Peter's work. Thanks to shining beacons for Christ, like Peter, we can all strive to be better and more Christ like. I thank the Lord for the good and for the bad, for both are used to the glory of God.
God bless the Sullivan family in their darkest hour... and remember, lift Jesus above all, worship him and praise his Holy name, he is Lord of ALL... even death.
|Adam Camporeale said:|
Peter, you truly embodied what passion towards God was. You inspired and envouraged me through many tough times. I will miss you so sorely, but I know that you are now with God, and that is something that is truly joyous beyond words.
Thank you so much for the passion you have inspired in so many people. Life won't be the same without you.
|Craig Murdy said:|
Peter Sullivan, one of my best and favourite teachers at Immanuel College teaching me Year 9 Science, well it was supposed to be Science. Peter (Mr Sullivan) would pull out his guitar from the back room and begin to sing songs that he had written in the past. The most remembered song from Peter was "Adelaide in Autumn". Its been 6 years since i heard that song and i still remember the lyrics.
Pete helped me in so many ways, from music to helping me with depression. I suffered from depression from yr9-11, i wasnt coping very well at all, i couldn't talk to anybody about it except Pete who was my House Group Tutor at the time. He is one of the main reasons i got passed a hard section of my life.
I'm not going to say goodbye Pete because you will never leave me. Im sure thousands of people are like me and have a part of Peter in their hearts, ill never forget him and im sure nobody who has met him will either.
Thank you Peter Sullivan
|Martin, Linda, Rebecca and Jacqui Scroop said:|
We do not understand and we are broken hearted and would like to share this poem with those who are left behind......
The Plan of the Master Weaver
Our lives are but fine weavings
That God and we prepare,
Our life becomes a fabric planned
And fashioned in His care...
We may not always see just how
The weavings intertwine,
But we must trust the Master’s hand
And follow His design,
For He can view the pattern
Upon the upper side,
While we must look from underneath
And trust in Him to guide.
Sometimes a strand of sorrow
Is added to His plan,
And though it’s difficult for us,
We still must understand
That it’s He who fills the shuttle,
It’s He who knows what’s best,
So we must weave in patience
And leave to Him the rest...
Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why
The dark threads are as needed
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
|Sue A. Beaumont said:|
Peter was a man with such passion for the Lord. This showed through all aspects of his life. Yet he was a humble person & gave the glory all achievements worked by God through him,back to his creator!
We have all been so blessed by his example! I am convinced he will have received from our Lord a "Well done! Good & Faithful servant!"
|Katie Miller said:|
I did not really know Mr. Sullivan, but I went to Immanuel in the years he was teaching. He never taught me, but he taught a lot of my friends, some of whom he helped immensly by acting as a confidant through their times of trouble and sadness.
I always enjoyed his musical talents at chapel services and his kind and caring nature. His enthusiasm and passion for praising God shone through at these services and his gift of being able to find a way to get everyone involved and singing was incredible! He will be sadly missed and I know that his legacy will continue through his family and friends :o)
God Bless Xo
|Ben Cheney said:|
I've had the privilege of playing bass for Peter on many of the MTW albums and at the church services, and I also knew him as a teacher and friend during my time at Immanuel. His enthusiasm for making music for his God and his genuine and cheerful spirit has always been, and will continue to be, an encouragement to me.
I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are now where you always wanted to be, and I know that I will see you again. But for now, it hurts, and we miss you very much.
Bellevue Heights Baptist, please be assured of the prayers of your friends at Edwardstown Baptist as you grapple with Pete's loss firsthand.
|Andrew Long said:|
I had the privilege of sitting next to Peter for two years in the staff room at Concordia College. He taught me so much during the time that I knew him. He was a colleague, an inspiration, a mentor and a friend. Pete was always there for a talk and to reflect and I grieve that we are not able to continue our current discussions.
I thank God for Peter, for his wisdom, for talents, for his love of his students and teaching, for his faith, for his music; I won’t forget the sight of Peter singing and playing in chapel.
Thank you Peter for sharing your faith with me. I am hurting and I miss you, but I rejoice that you are now with our Lord.
My prayers are with the Sullivan family.
|Amanda Beaumont said:|
Peter, you were an amazing inspiration to me musically and spiritually. You never once stopped shining for God, everything you did truly reflected your love for Him, and your passion for Him.
Without you the world appears to be dimmer, but we know you're shining up there and your light is as bright as ever! You're in the best place now, and we know you're happy.
I will miss you Pete.
Love Amanda xxx
|Craig D. Cope said:|
How Peter has touched my life…………….
I was a student at Marion High School from 1978 to 1982 where I was heavily involved in music, amongst a few other things! I was in a number of bands and did stage lighting for the school, bands, concerts etc. I had plenty to do, but was looking for a purpose in life – I had so much, yet so little.
Peter came as a teacher in 1981, maybe earlier – but I can remember 1981 pretty well. Immediately we struck up a relationship. Peter was like no other teacher –he was young, open, and talented. He wanted to be involved with students – not just teach them. He was really the first person that took a keen, genuine interest in me as a person. An interest in who I was, not what I could do.
John Schumann (from the band Redgum) was the drama teacher at the time, along with Malcolm Fox (husband of the famous Mem Fox). Needless to say that three teachers with that much talent, was a mix for non-stop performances, productions and concerts. Redgum was doing national and international tours at the time, yet Peter managed to talk John Schumann into doing a concert at the school hall. Of course, there was a catch – Peter’s band (one of many) had the opening act! They could have got any professional group to do their lighting for them, but Peter insisted on using me, an inexperienced 17 year old to do the “gig of the year”. Within weeks it was school holiday time and Peter was taking his band on tour of the mid north of Australia. Peter turned up at my house on night after school and asked my parents, before he asked me, if he could take me on tour with them to do lighting. Peter was always polite & respectful, if not at times “old fashioned”. I can say that my parents immediately were impressed by Peter, a teacher, taking the time to invest time in their son….. and asking for permission first. Peter was immediately “adopted” as a personal friend of the family. My parents always spoke of Peter in the highest regard, frequently asking “How’s Peter going?”, if I hadn’t recently told them myself.
We packed up all of my gear in the back of Pete’s white Combi van. His ‘nick name’ was “Red” – back then he had carrot red hair. Everyone seems to know him, calling out “Gidday Red” wherever we went. I was only a high school kid on a country tour, but I thought I was a superstar –and got to go ride with the “lead singer”. The only weird thing was that the band and support crew prayed before and after each show – I just went with the flow.
Little did I know that Peter was using this time to “mould me and shape me”, just as Christ had done to him. He has me as a captive and only audience for 5000km over 2 weeks on tour – Combi vans aren’t that comfortable – so I had to listen. From Port Pirie, to Port Lincoln, Whyalla to Leigh Creek and finally Crystal Brook - we chatted about all sorts of things, but Peter never beat about the bush – the discussion always ended up on what I was doing with my life and where God was in that.
We were very similar - both perfectionists, both honest, both musicians. Muso’s are a unique bunch. We had our conflicts, but he was always there for me. We struck up a friend ship that could never be broken. He invited me over to his house, introduced me to his wife Di (which he talked about almost as much a God!), and made me feel welcome.
Peter was trying to work out how to get me in church, which had been somewhat unsuccessful to date. His had a plan, which I didn’t work out until after the event. Peter told me that he was doing a special “performance” for a new song he had written and he wanted to me do lighting for him. “Sure” I said, “when is it”. “Sunday Morning” he replied – “make sure you get there early to set up”. I did think Sunday was a strange day for a concert, and the fact that it was a church (which I did not know until I got there) was unusual, but we set up anyway. I can’t believe what I was allowed to do, or what the congregation thought, but we had about 30 stage lights, 2 strobes, and smoke machines going flat out for the morning service. Remember this was back in 1981 – I’m not sure I would even get away with it now, but Peter did. No doubt he wore some comments from the congregation and Pastor about it, but he did what he set out to do – he got me in church! It was a great attempt Pete, but I wasn’t about to get conned that easily….Peter had some more work to do.
Time went on, but Peter’s involvement in my life was relentless. He invited me, and I went on every trip he organised. Ruffit Camps, camping trips, hiking and even a one week canoe trip down the Murrumbidgee River. Peter had upgraded his Combi van to a Series 3 Land Rover 4WD. Not prepared to be out done by Peter, I bought one too, and we did a number of 4WD camping trips in the Flinders Ranges. Peter used all of these opportunities to “work on me” continually teaching me about God and leading by example.
A major event happened in my life at the end of year 12 – I was devastated. My parents were both holidays overseas, and I had no where to turn. I rang Peter at home in the early hours of the morning – I just needed someone to talk to. Peter did not turn me away, he told me to get in the car and come straight up. His family was asleep – but the door was open. He listened, he helped and supported me, and before I left we read a few key verses out of the Bible and prayed. This was a turning point for me.
I then became involved in a small group that he started, meeting at his house. This lead to being involved more at the church, then leadership roles in the small group, then a youth group leader. Back in about 1986, Peter had developed and worked with me to such an extent that he nominated me as church leader in the role of Deacon. I had come a very long way.
On the music side of things – well, we’re musicians – sometimes a bitter/sweet relationship, but we always progress, and did things together. I can’t even remember the names of all the bands Peter had – but they ranged from sweet “Gospel” (the Bothers) through to “Heavy Rock” and even “Punk” in style; and from soft to excessively loud in volume. It would be fair to say that not everyone like all of his music and styles, but there’s no denying his amazing talent and a vocal range that could extend the entire possible range, at least two octaves more than any one else I know. We played in bands, cut some “vinyl” then “tapes”, and then we ventured into mastering “CD’s”. Peter has more songs recorded than many professional artists, and the majority of them are written by him – a claim that very few people can make. Peter lobbied radio stations, and even made a few trips to record companies in Sydney to strike that special deal. There were endless late nights in recording studios, and even then Peter would use the opportunity to drive me home to “have a chat”.
Then there are the musicals. Peter added what every production manger wanted – a great voice, full of energy – he could even play multiple parts in the same show. Of course, one or two shows were never enough for Peter. There was usually a tour to go with it. I remember vividly a stage show he did at Westcare mission, primarily for street people, and he invited my parents –they went of course, to my surprise! The stage didn’t exist, but he made the most of what he had – the result was one of the best performances ever.
No one is the master of musical key changes more than Peter. There’s usually at least one in each of his songs and whilst not that hard to play, only Peter could sing those high notes. His musicianship was amazing, not just from a vocal perspective, but he could play number of instruments, most self taught. Those he couldn’t play he “impersonated” as only Peter could, always bringing a laugh to those around him. At least what he couldn’t play he could sing better than any one else.
Now his church home is building a new church. He didn’t get to see the finished product, but Peter knew what it would look like. He was involved from the start in every meeting, all the planning and all the ideas. Peter was a visionary, beyond any expectation. When we were planning the building he was always pushing the boundaries making sure that it was the best worship facility to worship God that we could possible have. For me this usually meant more work, however I knew Peter would never give up on anything below our “best”. Many designs were changed because of Peter’s persistence and insistence and perfection. Peter knows what size the stage needs to be (height, depth, width and length) to do what he had in mind for ‘revolutionary’ worship. He dropped in only a week ago to check on progress and to make sure that some of the finer details are being attended to. We chatted about few things, and he walked away glowing with excitement about what God was going to do at the new church facility. So whilst he will not be at the open day, you can rest assured that everyone will experience Peter’s vision in every room of the centre, especially to auditorium. His music will last forever – and will now have even a greater special meaning as we sing the songs he wrote in the building he designed for the worship.
So what how has Peter touched my life? In more ways than could be imagined. He picked me up, spent time with me, changed my life, taught me about God through example, sang at my wedding, and was one of my best friends. He was always available, always listened. I was only one person he took under his wing. There are many that have similar stories to tell. However, Peter would never take credit for any of these – without a doubt – all the glory would go to God. He was just doing God’s work, living by example, leading others to Him, for which I personally will be forever thankful.
|Craig and Jolanda Visser said:|
Pete, sweet Pete
How can one ever thankyou for so much you shared with so many.
Jolanda and I were so blessed and privelaged to have you change our lives, I hate to think as to which path I would be on now if
it wasn't for your love and sincerity, the way you shone for Christ. I will be eternally grateful to you for sharing your words of worship which led me to Christ and I am so blessed that you had the oppurtunity to baptise me that I will treasure for ever.
We'll love and miss you Pete...Always
I know how proud your family is of you and I know it will be a difficult time for them get cope with your loss but like all who knew you there is no doubt where you are now
We thank God for Peter Sullivan
|Andrew Dickman said:|
John Bunyan’s description of Christian and Hopeful entering the Kingdom of Heaven is apt in describing the entrance into heaven for Peter Sullivan:
The King then commanded to open the gate, That the righteous nation, said he, which keepeth the truth, may enter in.
Now I saw in my dream that these two men went in at the gate: and lo, as they entered, they were transfigured, and they had raiment put on that shone like gold. There was also that met them with harps and crowns, and gave them to them -- the harps to praise withal, and the crowns in token of honour. Then I heard in my dream that all the bells in the city rang again for joy, and that it was said unto them, Enter ye into the joy of your Lord. I also heard the men themselves, that they sang with a loud voice, saying, Blessing and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth Upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.
Now, just as the gates were opened to let in the men, I looked in after them, and, behold, the City shone like the sun; the streets also were paved with gold, and in them walked many men, with crowns on their heads, palms in their hands, and golden harps to sing praises withal.
There were also of them that had wings, and they answered one another without intermission, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord. And after that they shut up the gates; which, when I had seen, I wished myself among them.
|Anna Garrett said:|
Dearest Pete, I feel so privaleged to have known you and been involved with the work of mtw since the very first recording. You have enriched my life in so many ways, through church, school, music, and most of all through your compassion and love for me & my family. Your most precious gift of listening whole-heartedly helped to restore my faith at a time when I was so vulnerable to turning away. Your vibrant energy and passion for life will continue to inspire me and others in all our endeavours until the wonderful day when we get to meet you again and join in the best music of all. Noone will appreciate the angels' singing as much as you are right now!
We love you!
|David Bird said:|
Pete was an inspiration to many. He was so full of life, so full of faith, so full of passion. He had that unique ability of leadership, of being able to lift others, his excitement for life and the Lord was infectious. He was involved in so many things, both within church life and beyond it, many not visible to the majority.
I had the privilege of working with Pete ‘behind the scenes’ in some of his less visible roles within our church, and appreciated his interest, his time, his fellowship, and his encouragement in this work and in my life in general. Heart is the word I think of when I think of Pete. He always had time despite being one of the busiest people I know. He was so happy, proud and excited when he recently completed his Masters in Education.
He could be serious when necessary, but was always a fun person to be around. He was a part of our lives without us realising or fully appreciating it, and has left a hole now that he has left us.
More recently, in the development of our new church building, Pete was the visionary, in many ways the driving force. I am sad that he was not able to see the finished product, his vision.
Through his work at church, schools and beyond he has touched and influenced thousands. His music is a lasting legacy that I will always enjoy and remember him by.
I regret that like everyone else we were unable to say goodbye, to tell him how much we loved and appreciated him. His time with us was too short. I am afraid to say that like many others at times we took him for granted. Now we ask what will Christmas Day at church be like without Pete?
But we are comforted that he is now in the loving arms of our Lord, and reunited with Rachel. Heaven will certainly be rockin’ now.
And one day we will meet again Pete. I look forward to it.
|Chris Lemmey said:|
All I can say is that Peter Sullivan is the most blessed man I've ever met. His enthusiasm for Jesus never lacked, which is something I hope one day I can accomplish.
I'll always remember the time when Pete came up to me after a night service which I'd played guitar in. "G'Day Slim" he said, "How ya goin mate. Great guitar playing". "Thanks Sully" I replied. Pete continued, "When we move up to Blackwood all the musicians will be standing up at the front and rocking out for Jesus. And you're gonna be a part of it Slimmy boy!"
Our conversation lasted for a while longer, but that exert from it proved how fired up and excited he was for his music and worshipping of Jesus.
I can never believe that Peter Sullivan is gone, because I know he's still here in all of our hearts. My deepest prayers will be for my good friends Mrs. Sullivan, Andrea, Amanda and the rest of Pete's family.
I love you Pete, and I'll see you in a few years.
By Chris Lemmey
The gates of heaven open
For a man who deserves paradise
A man who is more than ready
To meet our Saviour Christ
When I look back
On our days of fun
I'll always remember
His love for the Holy One
Down here on earth
We're all left to ponder
Why did he have to go
He couldn't stay longer?
As I now write this
With all my love, through all our grief
We don't need to worry because
We'll be with him for eternity
His spirit will always
Live forever and ever
Because we all love him
And love always lasts forever
|Miranda Dixon said:|
Peter was absolutely one of a kind!
I don't remember ever hearing him say a derogatory word about anyone. He just exuded good will and love to everyone all the time, even when you were cross with him!
Peter taught me to take my musical skills and use them outside the square ("why don't you just play that bit with your [violin]bow upside down?"!). He inspired me to pray that I might be able to write music for God too.
Peter was passionately in love with Jesus and he wore that love on his sleeve where everyone could see it. The story of David dancing before the Lord in 2 Samuel 6 will always remind me of Peter. I wish I cared as little as he did about what people thought. I'm sure he rarely gave it a thought.
Di, Andrea, Amanda, Dan and Sam, my love and prayers go out to you. May you feel God's arms around you.
Bellevue Heights family, your brothers and sisters at Glen Osmond are praying for you.
|Megan Shiel said:|
Pete, You are a truely amazing man. You touched so many people's lives. Both through your teaching at school, at church with your music and your ever so bubbly personality and also all those many millions of people through MTW.
It was only over the last year or so that i got to know you but in that short time you touch my life. Your encouragement and enthusiasm for God is absolutely amazing. And that blows me away. So many times i had your songs constantly stuck in my head. And it was through your songs that i learn't about your true love for God. Thankyou so much for sharing your very special gifts with all of us.
Pete, you are going to be greatly missed by all. But we know that are now at home forever shining in heaven with our Heavenly Father.
|Lauren Jackson said:|
We did'nt talk to each other as much as i would have liked but i always knew you'd be there whenever i wanted to talk to someone. By looking at you and seeing how enthusiastic you were and still are about God always made me want to get to know him better too. I'm going to miss our little sing song times as i just loved how happy it made us both feel, and i'm definately going to miss the way we laughed together about such silly little things like how cut up my legs got on the hiking trip! i will never forget that camp as it was the closest time we had together. You brang so much joy to everyone you met and even those you didnt are happy to have known your name and heard your songs. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
To the whole sullivan family: i love you guys heaps and i'm so sorry for your loss but remember you are all so lucky to have been part of his family, as peter was one of the greatest guys i had ever met. There is so much love for peter and you will all be in many peoples hearts and prayers as we remember all the great and happy times we shared with him.
Well Pete it's been the greatest pleasure in the world to know you and i'm just glad i got to share some of your happiness with you and others that surround us. Make sure you keep watching over us and hopefully we'll be able to hear from here, you singing up in heaven.
You will be forever in my heart.
Love you always,
|Nick Mulder said:|
Peter was a person who let others into his world whenever he spoke with them. I was priviliged to know someone who was so passionate about music and life, and will miss Peter both professionally and personally.
|andrew noble said:|
Peter was an inspiration to everyone at Bellevue, a passionate man of God. We'll miss you Pete, see you in Heaven
|mel wright said:|
I first met Peter Sullivan at Immanual as a student. Last year I was blessed to be able to participate on the MTTW album and 'double-blessed' to get to know Peter. He will always be a role model for me. I was and always will be inspired by his passion for God, his capacity to praise God, his love for creation and his readiness to share about God, especially in his music ministry.
To Peter's Family: I have never met you, but I know that God, the heavenly Father, will be by your sides, as comforter, protector and provider, and I pray that you will feel His presence strongly and His blessing over you. "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." Ps 30:5b
"...and in mansions bright there's a place for me, where I shall dwell in the presence of God" - Peter Sullivan (from his song - I know I'm going to heaven.)
|Tristan Sullivan said:|
Thankyou for everything. You were an amazing uncle, father, teacher, musician (to name a few), a mentor for many and always caring about everyone and everything.
You have always believed in me and my endeavours and I thankyou so much for that and the encouragement that you always gave me in life. You always amazed me with your passion for God throughout your music, and how love just poured out of your heart. I loved your style, totally unique and enjoyable! Seeing you up the front of church always made things entertaining, and was certainly one of the better examples of how God works through people. If I was asked to name one person that I knew who had found themselves completely in life, it was Pete, never afraid to be a bit of a dag (Go those track pants!) and totally himself at all times!
I am totally lost for words, for they cannot describe the loss I am feeling, nor the extent of your influence on mine and many others lives. You were always there, and now that you’re gone there is a hole that can never be filled. I was fortunate to have such an amazing man to call my uncle. Rest in peace Pete, you are sorely missed.
I would also just like to say thankyou for all the love and support that our family is receiving. I have never experienced so much love from people before, and am very grateful, as are the rest of the family.
I will never forget you Pete, Thankyou again for everything,
|Chris Lyndon said:|
Peter, you were never ashamed, never afraid to show your love, your passion for the Lord in the way you lived your life and the amazing way you lead your services. Just by the way you have done this, you have been example, a mentor to me in areas of my life and I feel blessed that God gave me the chance to know you, thank you for so much for your encouragement over the years.
Cant wait to sing praises to our Lord with you again!
|Sharon Summers said:|
Peter was good for us. He encouraged people, he made people feel welcome, and he made people feel valued. His great passion was his love for God and music was God's gift to Peter. I wished he had stayed longer but he went home to his Father's House. Love and prayers to Di and family. May God's love surround you and bring you a peace that passes all understanding.
|Jennifer Chan said:|
I did not get to know Peter personally very well during my stay in Australia last year, but I remember his face and his voice very well. His leadership in the worshop services was excellent. He was totally Spirit-filled when he sings. Even when he was not on the stage, he still sang with all of his heart. I was deeply touched by his passion in glorifying the Lord in singing!
When I heard the news from this side of the globe, I sang "Adelaide in Autumn" in my heart.
I know I can only listen to CDs and hear his voice again on earth now, but I am sure I will clap my hands and dance with him as we meet in heaven!
To Peter's family and Bellevue people: I remember all of you in my prayers. God bless.
|Eve McMillan said:|
Mr Sullivan, It was a privelege to know you! i never had the opportunity to be taught by you, I was blessed by your gift of music and the bright bubblieness you brought to the concordia community! Thankyou so much for the friendly greetings you would give me in the school grounds, and for the fun we had while preparing chapel music!
i know that you are with your much loved lord now and i thankyou for your willingness to share that love with so many.
my prayers are with your family at this time.
|David Serotzki said:|
Some people exemplify faith by their very being. Peter, you have been just such a person. Our relationship consisted of no more than professional interaction and the incidental involvements that come along in a community like Concordia College. Yet your spirit of care and camaraderie was evident always and underpinned everything you said and did. If ever I shook my head at something you said, the knowledge that you would never be driven by self interest meant that you always retained the respect you deserved. One of Nature's Gentlemen? A gift from God? A Blessing to all fortunate enough to share time with you in any form? You have been all these things. The world is a poorer place without you but all the richer for the legacy you have created in your time with us. Your spirit will be carried by the many people you have touched with the warmth of your Faith. Thank you.
|Henry Smith said:|
Mr Sullivan, you were such a fantastic guy, I don't think I ever saw you frowning - you were so much fun to be around (even though you never taught me). Here's just the lyrics from a song I wrote for you:
Like the Autumn leaves that fall in the May
You were ripped from our tree and blown away
And I can't find you
And now I'm missing you
The tress now bare and your out of sight
Out of my life - I just can't fight
The feeling when your just not there
Why's life so unfair
I can't stand the pain of you going away
You left before I had the chance to say
That I'll be missing you
And now I'm missing you
I don't know why - its happened before
I was so upset when death was at his door
Now he's taken you
Just out of the blue
And I'm missing you
|Denby Tamms said:|
Peter was the most joyful person I have ever known. I remember sharing about him to our congregation in Hong Kong when we introduced the song "This is How We Overcome". For some reason this song always reminds me of Peter - a living example of the joy that is in Christ, regardless of our circumstances - and I can hear his fantastic vocal improvisations in my head whenever we sing it. I can imagine that, had he lived in Jesus' time, he would have been singing up a storm with Paul and Silas in that prison cell!
The image of Peter's enthusiastic worship often encouraged me when we didn't know how our own difficult circumstances would turn out. I am sad that Peter didn't get the chance to meet our girls, Asha and Shae, as I am sure he prayed for them as they were developing and as Shae went through her surgeries.
Peter's life was an incredible testimony for our Lord. He was an amazing man. I guess God thought so too, and wanted Peter with Him. I'm so grateful God leant him to us for a while....
|Andrea Hillier said:|
Mr Sullivan was a person who was so full of God's love that it flowed out of him and onto everyone around him. I don't ever remember him without a smile on his face. I didn't have the pleasure of being in his classes, but I was impacted upon by Mr S. Sully, thanks so much for all the chats in the quad, for your radiating happiness, and for sharing all your gifts 110%. Your enthusiam for God amazes me. You knew how much God loves you, and had to tell everyone. You have left a huge legacy behind, and God is so proud of all you've done.
God has called His faithful servant home. My prayers are with the Sullivan family. May God's love pour onto you and comfort you as it poured onto Mr Sullivan.
|Donna Longden said:|
I didn't know Peter Sullivan, but I know in my not knowing him I have missed out on a great deal. I have spent the last 2 days with the COncordia college community hearing students and staff talk of their love for this incredible man of God. As I have watched the grieving I thought of this poem by Margaret Nicol...
The agony is so great
And yet I will stand it
Had I not loved so much
I would not hurt so much
But God know's I wouldn't want to diminish that precious love
by one fraction of an ounze
I will hurt
And be grateful to the hurt
For it bears strength to the depth of our meaning
And for that, I will be eternally grateful.
For all those that knew and loved Peter Sullivan, the gifts that he left you with will forever live on. God please bring comfort to his family and all those that knew him.
|Lynly Mackenzie said:|
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Peter. I only knew Peter for a short time at Immanuel College. He always had time to have a word and laugh with you. He always had a smile on his face just like the one in the photo above.(The Glory of God shone from Peter) What a woderfull gentle man. He will be sadly missed but always remembered.
|Sarah Hoff-Zweck said:|
Peter was a man of God. So faithful to the visions God set out before him. When he spoke people listened. His care and love for his fellowman was seen in everything he did. I will miss his smile and enthusiasm for life! May you rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus and sing sweetly with the choirs of angels.
|Anne and Hugo van Loon said:|
Peter often came up to us and gave us a hug and said 'I love you guys'. We never felt these were trite words. We knew he genuinely meant them. The last time was just a week ago when Hugo and I said to each other... 'He's an amazing guy...' and we discussed how we should tell people that we love them more often, but wouldn't find that so easy. It is such an encouraging and Christ-like thing to say and shows you care that much, that you are willing to become vulnerable so you can encourage another with those powerful words. Sure we tell each other and our children that we love them, but we don't tell enough people within our church family at Bellevue how much we love them... and we do love them. WE LOVE OUR CHURCH FAMILY...
We will really miss Peter, cos we just loved that man...
Our hearts go out to Diane, Andrea, Amanda, Sam and Dan. We will pray for your healing as you walk the difficult road ahead. Our prayer is that Christ will uphold you and that your burdens will be lifted so he can give you His love and peace.
"We love you guys"
|Bill Greenslade said:|
Some memorable Sully moments:
"Sky of Blue!"
Oh yeah, yeah, guitar pachomp, pachomp, chomp!
"Life was filled with guns and war..."
Sitting around camp fires, at Ruff-it camps,Pete playing guitar...
Pete had a profound impact on Mel. He helped her find her voice again. "The Journey" was a wonderful experience.
He had vision, and fulfilled it.
You always knew that Pete loved you.
Energy, enthusiasm, smiles and laughs.
Pete has had a profound impact on me and my growth as a person and Christian.
There are few great men.
|Andrew Lang said:|
Peter was a great ambassador of the Christian faith. I remember him as my biology teacher in year 10 at school. He was hard but fair, wanting to see his students achieve to the best of their ability.
Outside of the classroom Pete was a lad. He enjoyed a good laugh and brought warmth and sincerity to conversation, putting you at ease. Pete showed a great interest in you (especially if you could play an instrument!), giving genuine encouragement all the way. He lived his passion of music with enthusiasm, mentoring many young people in the process and inspiring others to have a go.
Pete's passing came as an absolute suprise to me. I know he'll be sadly missed, yet treasured for the man he was. Farewell mate, Adelaide in autumn will never be the same again!
|Peter Bean said:|
Pete, you were a friend and colleague while I was at Immanuel, a mentor to my children, and always welcoming when we made our annual visit to Bellevue Heights. I think your passion (yeh for music, family, your church) but really for life is what I'll remember. I remember one occasion when you and I were the only two in a meeting of about 80 staff who were arguing for a particular position. Oh well, we lost on that occasion, but at least we made a few people think about their faith and school worship, and the need to be relevant. Thanks for being so willing to share your gifts. I hope we can honour your memory by sharing our gifts as freely.
|Bill Buxton said:|
Despite our age difference, Pete and I enjoyed wonderful fellowship making music together. Our shared harmony was an inspiration to us both, and he'll be a great acquisition to the heavenly choir. Jill & I will miss you greatly.
|Simon van Loon said:|
Peter you were a man after Gods own heart your love for the church and enthusiasm to get people involved have changed many, many lives. You gave me the motivation and inspiration to get up on stage and sing. You inspired this web site “Music To The World” and will continue to affect people for ever. You have lasting legacy that via sound and music are touching people all over the world and will continue to do so.
Your enthusiasm and ability to only see the good parts of people inspires me. Bellevue highest Baptist church will never be the same with out you. We will miss your constant welcoming smile, creative singing, inspiring vigour.
I am with out words to describe how Sam, Dan looked up to you. You balanced being a family man and hour working flat out doing Gods work and still had a time for friends. Diane, Andrea, Amanda, Sam and Dan as well as the rest of us will miss you.
I know you I will see you in heaven and that God has a plan in all things. That doesn’t stop the pain and hurt I feel about loosing you. Last Sunday was the first time I have cried in years. You have touched so many lives. Thanks for touching mine.
|Henk and Helen Visser said:|
Above all the sadness and disbelief, we want to praise and thank the Lord for putting such a wonderful guy as Peter on our path.
He touched us greatly with
His Passion for His Lord
His Encouragement to those in need.
His wonderful smile to each and everyone of us
and his bright shining eyes which showed the love for His Saviour, family and friends.
Thank you Peter for being such a truly faithful servant of Jesus Christ.
Our prayers, love and thoughts are with Di, Andrea, Amanda, Dan and Sam. Hang in there guys, may the Lord give you peace and a lift whenever you need it!!
|Jill Scott said:|
I had the privelage of working with Sulli for the past couple of years and though I have only known him for a short time, I feel like have known him for years. He touched my heart and his memory will remain there forever. I think you could see the face of God in Peter, and he only ever expressed kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit. I am thrilled that I could be apart of making his music come alive at Concordia and I know that this will continue in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends. One of lifes truly beautiful human beings, who will sorely missed. Jilly
|Marty Frost said:|
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Unfortunately it has taken something like this to realise how much I look up to Pete. I couldn't think of a more relevant bit of scripture to describe him, the fruit of the Spirit. Having grown up in the church and always known him, I have never known him ever to not walk in step with the Spirit. His faith in God could be comparable to his faith in things physical, it was just so amazing and admirable. In this, and only this, I know Pete has inherited his Father's kingdom.
I will always remember him because of so many reasons; his family, his music, his enthusiasm in Christ, church and Christmas services. All this because Pete took the following few words to heart.
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6b)
He will always be an inspiration to me and so many others. I praise God so much for the work He's done in Pete's life.
|John Garrett said:|
it's very hard to put into words what I've been thinking and feeling since I heard the sad news... it just doesn't seem real to me that I won't be seeing Sully again in this life; but then when I think of him up in Heaven, I just have the clearest picture of him putting his heart & soul into every song that he sings & everything that he does - just like he did down here. I enjoyed Sully's company in many different settings - bellevue, immanuel college, MTTW - and I can't think of a single person who was as genuine, as loving, as caring, and as passionate as he was. there was just something about seeing Sully rocking out in worship, with that amazing smile, that just spoke volumes to me about what true joy is; as did the way that he was always so genuinely happy to see you. I'm very glad to see that the famous "sully key changes" have already got a look-in above, not to mention his awesome vocal interpretations of whatever musical instrument he happened to be imitating at the time!! My deepest sympathies go out to the Sullivan family - you're in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Thanks Sully for being such a great mate, you are truly one of a kind, and I'm so thankful to have known you! Til we meet again, from John
|Michael Taylor said:|
Loryn and I are in total shock and very upset over Peter's passing. I have a confession that the first time I saw Peter on stage leading worship (about 11 years ago) I did wonder who on earth he was. He was dancing around, singing his own words and just loving every minute of being alive. How could anyone be so happy. I learnt very quickly that that was just Peter. Since that first day whenever I was at Bellevue I hoped Peter led worship as he had a way of making the place come alive.
We told our kids what had happened and Amy (8 years old) instantly fetched a MTW CD and was in her room singing along with Pete. It was great to hear his voice. His ministry will live on for years yet.
We have been away for past 7 months and wish we were home right now to be around the Bellevue community which we still class as our home. I spoke to Peter the last time I was there which was about 3 months ago on a visit. Loryn was not there on this day. She had been struggling with her new teaching position and I shared this with Peter. Anybody who knows Peter would know what he said to me. "Any time she needs a hand or wants to speak to someone about teaching or anything else, tell her to give me a ring". That is my last moments with Peter. He was offering help.
To Di and the kids and the rest of our church family back in Adelaide - We love you and miss you all. We are praying for you and let us celebrate Peter's life. Hope to see you all soon.
|Delwyn Jones said:|
Peter was a part of my childhood I will never forget. I can remember listening to the words 'You were there when the earth was made I believe.....when the bird flew its freedom flight I believe....' from a Brothers record and knowing I did believe, that God was God and because of Him I could exist and nothing else mattered. I still sing 'our captain' in my car when no ones listening. I just can't believe Peter's gone.
Andrea, I remember sitting with you when you lost Rachel, my prayers are with you now.
Diane, Andrea, Amanda, Sam and Dan
The Love of the Lord endures forever.
Love and Prayers
Delwyn and all your family in Christ at Aldgate Baptist
|Steve & Cheryl Smith said:|
The first service we attended at Bellevue Heights Peter was leading the service, His spirit was obvious and for me it was the best thing in platform expression I had seen in a long time. It became clear over time that Peter's form of spirit lead expression might have been a little too animated for some but certainly not for me. Only a few months ago Peter and I were discussing the move to the new church building and worship leading came up, I took the opportunity to express my gratitude for his gift of leading and he genuinely thanked me, for all my effort to thank him I am convinced I ended up feeling better than he did. It must have been his way to take a gesture and reflect it right back at you with a fair bit added.
We only knew Peter for such a short time but can't believe the impact he had on us. Peter was always welcoming, enthusiastic, passionate and had a true sense of sincerity. He oozed the love of God and affectionately shared it.
Our thoughts and prayers are for his family at this time of grief and shock.
We will miss your encouragement and that infectious smile!
|xander mackellar said:|
i only knew him for a semester as my home-class teacher but i cant recall one time when he was unhappy.
|Kate Gilbert & Laura Fisher said:|
Mr. Sullivan, You opened your arms out to us it was like you had known us all of our lives.
You gave such feeling into everything you did in your life and for that we are eternally greatful.
You talked about your family saying how proud you were of them and we think that they are very proud of everything you have achieved.
You put so much athusiasm into your work, life and heart and also your gift of music. Our condolances to all that knew Mr. Peter (Sulli) Sullivan and may we remember him always in our hearts!
Be with your lord and rest in peace.
Lots of Love Kate & Laura your yr8's
|Rhys Foreman said:|
thank you so much for being our home class teacher...it was such a privilege to be in your class, and you will be greatly missed. Thanks for everything. Rhys
|Michelle Samaras & Lauren Waldhuter said:|
Mr S was our Home class teacher. We remember that he was the only one you could hear singing in chapel, we remember how passionatly he talked about science while everyone thought it was boring, MR S made it fun,Mr S made 8PSu and 8CLR achieve the top year eight results in the Science Competition, but the thing we remember most is his fatih.
We miss you Mr S.
Michelle and Lauren xoxoxox
|Natasha Van Eck said:|
You made us all smile and filled our feet with the need to dance whenever you were on stage! You were so alive with the spirit of God. I know that I did not get to know you as well as others, but your passion for music and above all your passion for the Lord is what shone through. I can't believe that you are gone from this earth, and no more will we have your vibrant self on stage, your wonderful deep prayers to the Lord, or your ability to change the words to every song!! I know that God knew that it was time for you to go home, and although we miss you so very much, I know that you are singing with the angels now.
To the Sullivan Family, my prayers and love go out to you in your hour of need.
All my love and prayers
Till we meet again dear Pete
Natasha Van Eck
|Joel Hopper said:|
Pete was such a happy, infectious and loving guy and just great to be around. He really did light up any room he went into. Pete loved God and life. He inspired you to be the best person you could be.
I loved being in "fringe dwellers" with him, you would always look forward to seeing him and felt sad when he couldn't be there. Pete was playful yet knowlegeable, he was a young man with energy to burn.
Seeing Pete and Di together was gorgeous they were always like a young couple just starting out. Many is the time I'd look at the two of them amd think "now that's what it's all about!"
It's just so difficult to contemplate that when I'm up singing at Church that he won't be up there leading, dancing (in his own inimitable style!) and worshiping our Lord.
Nothing would makeyou feel better than mid song when he'd look across at you, smile that big smile of his before launching into the very next verse.
Pete loved worshipping God and we loved worshipping with him.
The last time I saw Pete was on a Sunday a few weeks ago just before going away on a surfing trip to Byron Bay. Throughout that trip I kept singing this song that remained in my head, the classic Pete song "Our Captain". I even had a chance to share with my mates about the songs author and what a great guy he is. This is something I'll always remember!
There will never be another Pete. He was one of a kind! Pete made you feel special, he made you feel good.
I can understand why God would want him back!
|Daniel Kennedy said:|
Mr Sullivan was a man that never had a frown on his face and even through the hard times he new how to make others fell really good. I will miss our chats together at school and having him for lessons as well. Mr Sullivan was a great guys and I am sending my sympothy to all that are affected by this loss.
|Jerry Brown said:|
Never in my life have I met anyone like you. You have been such an amazing person to spend time with in the short time that I've known you.
I remember first meeting you and being in awe of your commitment to your ministry, students, loved ones, friends and of course, Jesus Christ. I never could work out where you found the time to do so many great things at the same time!
Even though we had only just begun to develop a friendship, you have already spoken so many words of encouragement to me that I hold so close to my heart.
You always encouraged me to be confident in my abilities as a musician and you have inspired me to make the very best of what God has given me.
We love you Pete and will miss you in everything. But we promise to use what you've taught us to continue God's work on Earth in special ways.
Thanks Mate! Jerry.
|Bec Rodda said:|
Pete was the kind of person that brought new meaning to the saying "Actions speak better than words." Although i didn't know Pete very well just his presence was enough to influence my life.
I'm sure that we can all say that Pete has encouraged us all to live the best lives we possibly can and to keep praising God till the end of our days.
Thanks Pete for being such an inspiration. I can't wait to dance with you and the Angels in Heaven!
|Vicki Munt said:|
I have spent the last few days talking with people who have been touched by Peter's life and have asked what is the most wonderful and special attribute that they will always remember. Every single person has mentioned his amazing outlook on life, how he could look at any situation and turn it into a positive, how he always had a smile on his face, how accepting he was of other people, and how at peace he was with himself and life. Pete, you are such an inspiration and role model for us all. You were blessed with so many talents and gifts and had such passion for everything you did. What i will never forget is the love you had for your family; how excited you were about finishing your Masters and going on your next camping trip with your kids! But most of all, I will never forget the way you would talk about your love for Di. Not so long ago you said something that touched my heart; "The love I have for Di and the way I feel about her is just like the day that we met". My thoughts and prayers go out to Di and the family and to all those close to Peter.
|Allan McFarlane said:|
Beautiful Pete was truly a Jesus man. At our daughter Margaret's farewell service just 6 years ago Pete sang "O love that wilt not let me go". That love was always foremost in Pete's persona. He loved and was loved. Every memory of him bring a smile and a warmth. What fun and tears we have shared. You are talking with Marg now Pete. Tell her we miss you both so much.
|Claire Wallace said:|
It makes me sad that I didn't get the chance to know Peter well. Even so, he has touched me. I knew him as a worship leader- and his passion and enthusiasm were infectious. As I began to be involved in the music at Church a few years ago, Peter encouraged and inspired me, even ringing me on a few occasions to make sure I was ok with everything. And I have seen how he has had a profound influence on so very many people- He was a truly wonderful person.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the Sullivan family.
God Bless you, Peter.
|Mike Nicholas said:|
I only encountered Pete On A Few occasions but found him to be one of the most enthusiastic and passionate people I've met! To put it simply he Put a smile on my face. I would also like to say "Thanks Pete for helping to turn my mate Craigs life around" He really is a happier guy thanks to you. My heart also goes out to the Sullivan Family.
|Jodi Bean said:|
well Peter Sullivan was at Immanuel when i was there and from then onwards I had contact with him through different stuff - MTW and Bellevue Heights Church. I cannot believe the amount of impact one man can have, but Peter (evident in all these responses) has had an incredible impact on so many people. May there be more 'Peter's' around - someone who's not scared to share the love of Christ, someone who lives life to the fullest (John 10:10), someone who is a pure example of Christ...May we all be more Christ-like, like Peter was, in our everyday actions. My prayers are with the Sullivan family. Can't wait to dance in heaven with Jesus and Peter!
|Frank Williams said:|
It is sad news. I never met Peter in the flesh but in spirit he was there for me when i needed help and reassurance. I pray that his love, for that is the force of life that God gives willingly to all, will not only continue in memory of him but will annoint those of similar spirit to make a similar journey.
I pray for his family to find peace and tranquility in what is a difficult time. Faith brings us through each of these moments.
I pass on my condolences to his family. I am in Sydney and not able to make the journey physically but in the lords spirit find time to remember a fine friend and ambassador of Christ.
May Peter's river always flow and that MTW continue its journey with Christ in all that it does.
To Tim and all those at MTW, I pray that this time is richly blessed and that all that is still to be achieved becomes clearly focused in your sight through visions and testimonies yet to unfold.
|Lesley Reilly said:|
Peter, although I only knew you for a short time you certainly made an impression on me. I remember the first time I saw you leading worship at church and thinking "this is different". But then I got to know you and realised that was the only way you knew how to express your great love for the Lord. Thank you for being so open with your faith. It was an inspiration. I am very grateful that a couple of weeks ago I was able to hear the beautiful new song you had just written. You have left a wonderful legacy of music and I will miss singing with you in church and at school.
|Spring Whenan said:|
Peter Sullivan was my year 12 Biology teacher in 2002. I have always liked Biology, but Mr S. made it entertaining with his contagious enthusiasm and great sense of humour. I looked forward to his classes and often stayed late to chat to him when lessons were over. He was always happy to talk and shared openly about his life, his music and his great love for God. I really enjoyed our friendly conversations and through them I came to respect and admire Mr Sullivan as a teacher, a mentor and a friend.
Although 2002 was a great year, it was also a hard year for me. I made a terrible mistake with a close friend and as a result I lost that relationship. In the beginning I didn't want to tell anyone about what had happened. Mr Sullivan was the first person I turned to for advice. Witnessing his strong faith even in the everyday things encouraged me so much in that situation and that helped me to make it through and give everything in life my very best. At the end of that year I scored a 97.20 TER and received a merit certificate for English. I owe a lot of that to your encouragement, Mr Sullivan. That year you taught me so much more than just Biology. Knowing you helped make me a stronger person. It was a privilege to learn from you as one of your students. Thankyou.
...To all the staff and students of Concordia College, both past and present,
and to the Sullivan family:
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Never doubt that this situation is in God's hands and that he will use it for his glory.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
May God truly bless you all in the weeks ahead.
(Concordia College, class of '02)
|Dave Warman said:|
Peter Sullivan was just an infectious person who really loved his Father in Heaven, his family and his church. Pete always had time for people and not only that he made time for people. Pete you will be sorely missed down here and the void you have left will take many people to fill. Thanks Pete for your support, encouragement and friendship. You always saw people as an equal and treated them as such. Thank you also for teaching me that church can never be about people it can can only ever be about God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Singing with you was always an adventure that was always a pleasure. I had very little idea of where you were going but the end result was always God's throne room. Thanks for taking me there with you many times.
To Di and the Children may God's angels cushion your fall and surround you always. We are all hurting at the loss and wanting to support you all in any way we can. a few of us came up with Pete's 1st 5 things to do in heaven.
1 find and embrace Rachel
2 write a song about the experience
3 look for heavens best sound engineers
4 once he finds the engineers we need to put down this song I just wrote
5 Ask where King David lives and introduce himself to everyone on the way.
Save a spot at the jam session for me Pete. See You soon, Dave
|Paddy Rydon said:|
Thankyou so much for everything you have done for me during my time at Concordia, my involvement in Music to the World and as a friend. You have been a constant support through tough times and I will miss you heaps. Adelaide in Autumn will never be the same again! I hope you are happy, wherever you are.
|Sam Anderson said:|
You had the most positive out look on life and loved every minute of it. You knew how to turn every negetive situation around. You were always either singing or smiling, in most cases both. I know that you have 'lived life to the max' and will be teaching everyone in heaven Concordia-chapel songs as we speak. You were the best biology teacher, and I always loved your unique oppinions on every topic we covered in class, (I'm yet to here you views on the sinking of the Titanic).
I miss you greatly, as do all of Concordia. Your impact on our school has been huge, and this is something that we can keep with us for many years to come. I consider myself blessed to have had the priveledge of knowing you. Thank you for teaching me so much, not just in my studies but about life as well.
Thinking of you,
|Patrick Forrester said:|
When i first heard this news i was in total disbelief and must admit i still am. As time has passed i have realised that Pete is up in heaven rejoicing with the Lord and there is no better place to be. Pete has inspired so many people through all his ministries, including myself, and he was a perfect example of God's workmanship.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Sullivan Family as they go through this tough time.
|Kirsty Ryles said:|
Mr Sullivan, i can't believe your gone.Over the short time i knew you, you touched my life so much. You were so comfortable and content with who you were,and you always made me smile.I admired your wonderful personality and your incredible faith in God. I am filled with sadness. Sadness from losing a wonderful person, and sadness for all the people that i know and love that are hurting so much right now. However, though right now the pain is so great it makes it hard to see beyond right now, i know that God has a reason for you to be up there next to him.
Mr Sullivan, you have touched so many lives, and have left a lasting impression in many peoples lives. You will always hold a special place in my heart, always.
Thanks and God Bless,
|Mel Greenslade said:|
I have nver met someone so passionate about music, so on fire for the Lord and life in general. He bought me out of my shell and encouraged me to sing again. He gave me the courage to overcome my insecurities and use the gift God has given me, to the point where now I can confidently lead worship and know that my voice is good enough to do so.
When I heard that Pete had died so suddenly, I was so angry with God for taking such a good man who only lived for Him. I still don't get it, but it is not for us to know why God allows some things. I do know though that Pete touched the lives of all who met him. He bought so many to the Lord and will continue to do so even in death.
To Di and family, be assured of our prayers and love always. xx
|Daniel Kennedy said:|
how are you going up there with the good guys and girls. I cant believe its so had to talk to you now that you have gone to the place that you had supreme faith in all your life, but its to late to turn back now. I am trieng not to think about the pain I fell inside but its getting easier as the tie goes on. I hope that you are having a great time in heaven and if you can would you mind giving me a vision of my future but just between you and me. Everyone is getting over it in their own time but still the school is a very sad plact to be at the moment. Anyway have fun up there because I believe that you are not passed but just gone away on a extended vacation and i will see you soon.
|Alex Hartley said:|
What a great person, who devoted himself to not only his faith but to his teachings. I have learnt so many things from Mr sullivan over the last semester about physics. It was a great shock to hear sbout his death and i will always remeber him about his friendly smile and great atitude to life.
He will be greatly missed.
|Nat Fuss and Carmen Henschke said:|
Well Sulli, Although I wasnt in any of your classes you introduced yourself to me in the quad with a friendly smile and an iced coffee in your hand. I will never forget you and your love of ice coffees, although there was another love that was obvious in your life. That love was the love of Jesus Christ. You not only displayed that in your life but showed others the love that Jesus Christ has to offer. I remember a time when I was really down about a few things and you came and talked to me all of lunch, you had the capability of turning the situation into a better one with hope in the future. Like many have said, you always seemed to change a negative situation into a positive one and not everyone is capable of that. I loved listening to you and Langy singing in chapel together particurly when you and Langy were in chapel probably not even a week before you left us. You had a great talent with singing and touched us all with your passion of music and love for the lord. Hopefully I will see you again in Heaven when it is my turn to leave those here. Enjoy singing with Schmittey or have Schmittey conducting you. God bless. Luv Nat xo
Dear Mr Sullivan, I was never in any of your classes nor ever spoke to personally, but your smiles, your encouragement and your presence in the school never went unnoticed. Your love for people and for the Lord was amazing, and had a huge impact upon me. Although your music has been left behind and will continue to have an impact upon people, you left me with a great example of how to live my life - totally devoted to God. Thankyou so much, and I know you celebrating with our awesome God in heaven right now. Love Carmen xx
|Shae Byrne, Tracy Allen and Ryan Janosevic said:|
Mr Sullivan, you were an amazing and inspirational person. Your positive and friendly attitude was always noticable and it brought great comfort to us. Your teaching skills were remarkable and with every lesson you taught with great passion.
To us you were more than just a teacher, you were a great friend. You will be greatly missed.
|Jan Foreman said:|
It was a great priviledge to have Peter teach both of my children this year. He was a breath of fresh air as a science teacher, class teacher and mentor and we talked with him about the style of learning that he was striving for in his classrooms. The results of "experiential learning" were very evident.
His enthusisam, optimism, humour and understanding of adolescents has been our gain and we will miss his influence.
Our deepest sympathy to Peter's family.
|Camilla Nunn said:|
Peter was one of the most passionate and enthusiastic men of God that I know.
My first memory of Peter was when I waas fairly young and he came to our place to practise in a band with my sister. I always had to go to bed before they finished so I went to sleep to Peter's voice booming 'Our Captain' through our house. I used to dream that someday I could make music like they did.
He treated me warmly and seemed genuinely pleased to see me and treated me as an equal from when I was young. When Dan and Sam were born I became a little baby crazy and I would look forward to seeing the Sullivans at church on Sunday. I would then feel suddenly shy and then Peter would come bounding up, quiz me on who he was holding (I was very proud that I could tell them apart), then say 'thanks so much' and bundle his baby in my arms. I felt so trusted and useful it was wonderful.
I then got to know Peter in a different capacity when I started at Immanuel in year 11. It was a huge scary step and sometimes I thought I would keel over from shyness and fear and then I would see his familiar friendly face in this sea of new people. I thought with a friendly 'Hi Camilla how are you coping?' each day maybe I would survive the experience. He was also a great teacher and he carried his huge enthusiasm and energy into the classroom. I have never met somebody so obviously excited about Biology since.
He then became Peter again (after 2 years of Mr S.)and still seemed chuffed to see me. He will always hold a place as a significant person in my life. He was a wonderful man of God and it seemed as though his love for God and his wonder of life bubbled and overflowed out of him in his songs. If I could touch even a third of the number of people that Peter has, in my life, I would be very fulfilled. Such a wonderfully loving, gifted, enthusiastic leader is so rare and he will leave a very large hole for so many people.
Di,Andrea, Amanda, Dan and Sam, my heart hurts for you and you will be in my prayers for a long time.
|John Salter said:|
Just finished scrolling down people's reflections with misty eyes - Wow, what a powerful testimony to Peter's life they are! For us, his music ministry touched our hearts; his warmth of spirit appreciated; and his enthusiasm for Christ an inspiration.
We thank God for the gifts you so generously shared and seek his strength for all close to you.
|Harrold Steward said:|
Peter showed the grace of God whenever we met.
He led our dear friend, Dan Fennell, to Christ, after Dan saw the broken-heartedness and co mposure on the loss of their beloved little child. Dan's bible teaching in Jakarta is richly blessed.
We pray for dear family ones, and the grieving, church family.
He is around the glory-encircled throne, singing 'WORTHY IS THE LAMB.' IN CALVARY'S BONDS HARROLD GWENDA S
|Ian Hauser said:|
Dear family and friends of Peter,
I met Peter only twice some years ago, including when he attended a conference here in Brisbane. He struck me as a kind, caring, loving Christian man who I would have liked the opportunity to get to know better. That will now have to wait until we meet in eternity - a good thought. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Grace Lutheran College
|Terry and Anne Forrester said:|
Dear Father in Heaven. Hear our prayers as we remember our dear friend and brother Peter. We know Lord, that he is rejoicing with you and that he has been a good and faithful servant. He has finished the race with gold medals. If only his journey could have been a bit longer for the sake of his beautiful wife Di and his beloved children Andrea, Amanda, Sam and Daniel. We know not to ask "why" Lord, because you do everything in a just and loving way and you must have had a pretty special job for Peter to do up there. Please commission us in the times ahead to nurture and lovingly care for Peter's hurting family.
We will always miss his happy smiling face and the wonderful enthusiasm that our dear friend always shared with us. We know that he is happy with his Lord and his first born child, Rachel. Please bless his family Father, and send your Holy Spirit to be their comforter, today and always.
|nicholas kennedy said:|
mr.Sullivan was my best friends dad. But apart from that he also was my future teacher that I was looking forward to be tought by. I had heard people saying things like" Mr.Sullivan is one of the best teachers I have ever had.
on the night f his death changed my life because he was a man that never had a frown. And I bet he was a great Teather and a great dad.
|Ashleigh Hunter said:|
Mr Sullivan was and always be my favourite teacher. He opened my eyes to the wide world of Science and for that i thank him dearly. He had the best attitude to life, than many individuals that i have ever met.God bless you Sully.
we will never forget you.
|Sheryl Hoffmann said:|
My first conversation with Peter was via email 4 months before he started working at Concordia College. He congratulated me on an article I had written, and praised and encouraged me. This was before I had even met him! I was eagerly looking forward to working with him. Then a short time later he popped in to have a look around and he introduced me to three of his kids. It was obvious even then how proud he was of them. A truly loving father.
When he finally started at Concordia College it was immediately apparent what a kind and generous person he was. He was always smiling and cheerful with a “How are things going?” He would sit down and chat with me, even though he probably had a thousand things that needed to be done. He was very particular that everything was just right for his students, but he was always very appreciative of everything that I did for him and thanks and praise were generously given. He loved his work and the students entrusted to him. He supported me and encouraged me to do my best and then to strive for even more. I also appreciated his trust in me, and his willingness to allow me the freedom to get on with the job in my own way. He could be a little frustrating at times, refusing to acknowledge the downside of some new idea he wanted to try. He always focused on the positives of people and life in general. I wish I understood this earlier.
I met his wife some time later and was impressed with his love for her, he introduced her to me as if she was the greatest prize in the world and that he was so thankful that she was his wife.
My last conversation with Peter was over a vase of flowers bought for Kezia’s practical the next day. I said I would buy him some too, for his practical in a week or two, but God had other plans and the flowers are now a wreath. It was so sudden and I am left wishing that I followed his example of kindness and generosity of spirit a little more. He is greatly missed.
I will remember Peter mostly as a reflection of God’s love for us all. We must learn to accept God’s reasons for calling Peter home so early.
|Susan Hooley said:|
What an amazing impact on his fellowman! These tributes say it all. A man whose light shon and spirit moved just as God has asked of us. (24/7/04)
"He came across your name today,
and knew you as his own,
He opened wide his loving arms,
and called you to come home".
|Fred Pearce said:|
In worship,mine and Peter's musical taste and style were not always aligned, but I'm an "oldie" and a conservative which probably explains it.
Be that as it may,besides his obvious musical gifts, I will remember Peter as a man of fervour, enthusiasm and devotion and ofcourse a teacher too, all contributing to his vibrant personality and energy; from time to time he confessed to talking more than he had intended, but whether spoken or sung, his words were deep and meaningful and overflowed from a desire to glorify God, communicate the Gospel and inspire others.
I loved his prayers too.
In various ways, Peter has left a wonderful legacy to many. This website and the tributes recorded are a testimony to that.
Peter's swansong on the 18th July, his last Sunday with us, when he sang his most recent composition to his own accompaniment, for me and others I spoke to, was an inspiring experience.
For most of us who had known of his many abilities including skill on the drums and guitar but had never heard him play the piano, his performance that morning was more than a pleasant surprise.
But for me, what made those few moments Peter's crowning musical achievement, were the beautiful lyrics and melody of his song, sung as always, from the heart.
My lasting regret will be that I did not tell him.
|Cara Ziegeler said:|
Peter Sullivan, and inspirational teacher, friend and mentor for many, will be missed terribly, but remembered by all. His bubbly and kind nature, for me showed through his direct and deep involvement as a biology teacher, where many of the students and fellow teachers new him well. As a singing master in the classroom and chapel servies, where many people smile and giggle when they hear his "Adelaide in Autumn" song, he was trully a light where there was dark. I thank god for this kind hearted, peaceful, helpful and loving soul who has blessed many people through his work, music and friendship. God Bless you as you are now with god in heaven. With love, Cara
|Miriam Edwards said:|
I was fortunate enough to get to know Mr Sullivan when he taught science/biology at Immanuel, and when we were recording for the music to the world program. I was very chuffed that he wanted a violin in his songs and enjoyed every minute of recording with him. He was the epitome of enthusiasm in everything he did, and his love for life was infectious. I will never forget yr 8 science when he and I were singing octaves in class (yes, this was a science lesson - we were studying sound at the time!)I have only happy memories of this unique, passionate, funny and supportive man, who I'm honoured to say was my friend.
Thankyou for touching my life Mr Sullivan.
|Suzy Moncrieff said:|
I don't really know what to say, tears are streaming down my face, i've just been listening to a music to the world cd, hearing your voice - knowing that i'll never hear it for real again. Last year i had you for homeclass, what's to say exept that you were an absolute legend and i'll never forget you. I remember you were so passionate about your faith and cared so much about our lives. i remember u coming up to me every now and then asking me if i had anything i needed prayer for, and letting me know i was always in his prayers, i felt so touched! Watching you sing in chapel often made me laugh, people say my step-dad (leigh philp) is energetic when he sings, but you really take the trophy! All this week i've been sitting in the yard expecting to see you walk out of the office doors with a bounce in your step like usual, but i know that'll all have to remain as a memory. sully you're a champ and i'll never forget you.
|Michael Gore said:|
Mr Sullivan, more commonly known to the Concordia Students as Mr. S, was an ispirational person, who filled his students with the hopes and dreams of life. His prescence will not be forgotten throughout the College Campus, and his memory will never fade.
Thankyou Mr. S, Rest in Peace.
Concordia College Yr 12 Student.
|Deanne Hanchant-Nichols said:|
I am shocked and saddened to have heard of Peter's sudden passing. I first met Peter in 1979 when he was with Brothers, I saw them perform at a Robert Coleman concert and a friend later secured them for a fundraiser for the Morialta High School Christian Fellowship group. Later I started going out with the Bass player in the group and so came to know the Brothers on a first hand basis.
I remember well Peter's great sense of humour and the hard time he gave me in the audience at many a concert!
I have always had a great love for Peter's music and for many years when I travelled overseas I had a taped copy of the Brothers record and another concert with me. When I was feeling homesick I would always put it on and it always cheered and inspired me.
The last time I saw Peter was about 3 years ago when I spoke at a service at Bellevue Heights, older but still as I remembered him the same friendly and committed person I had known so many years before. Peter, I have never forgotten you and your music, it has inspired me for many years and after listening today much of it today at your funeral service all I can say, is it just became better and better.
My love and prayers go to Diane and the children......
|Duane Jusaitis said:|
I just wanted to say Peter, you are one of the most incredible people I have had the honour of getting to know and play music with. Your support for up-coming musicians is a fantastic encouragement, and I thank you for it.
Your smile is always present, your encouragement unending and your passion to see people touched for God through music is and will always be extremely inspiring for me.
This world is so much better for your time here, and the countless lives that you touched is no small testament to that.
We have all lost a much loved father, mentor and a dear friend.
My heart and my prayers reach out to the Sullivan family, I pray that God would comfort you, give you His immense peace, and strengthen you the way that only He can.
Peter I can't wait to see you again and to play music with you again, you are truly remarkable.
Love and God Bless,
As a band, the passing of Peter Sullivan on Saturday came as a massive shock. Individually, we were all involved in his life and surrounded by his passion for God. Peter was a true supporter of WONE, enthusiastic in what we are aiming to achieve, always first to encourage. He continually gave his heart and his love for God in everything that he said and did.
In these sad times, we are reminded how short life can be. It is a privilege to breath and Pete’s life is a reminder of how our footsteps can have such a profound power as we go about our desire to follow our God!
Mate, your legacy will last, people's lives have been changed because of you and we all look forward to catching up in paradise one day.
Mr. Sullivan, we will all miss you.
Adrian Woithe, Andrew Lang, Duane Jusaitis and Sam Jusaitis
|Tara Bailey said:|
Adelaide in Austumn is beautiful. We will always remember you as we look around and see the wonderful place we live. Your passion and enthusiasm for everything you do has always astounded me, and it was truly a blessing to get to know you last year. Thanks for waiting around to hear the end of the song in chapel in the morning. Thanks for all your encouragment within the classroom, making Biology so much more entertaining. And thanks for being the person that we would have all loved to go back to visit at Concordia. You have always told us that you were at peace with death, and we can be comforted that you are forgiven through Christ and are now with our Lord. To the Sullivan family, God bless and may all the happy memories of good old sully keep you strong.
Kind Regards, Tara.
|Simon Hickman said:|
Im from concordia college and i would like to say i am deeply sorry. Mr sullivan helped when i needed help in science and he was a good teacher. He was concerneded for my health seeing i missed some days at school and he will always be a friend. To Mr sullivans family i no what u are going through i have experienced this myself when my dad passed away when i was 8,dont forget he will always be in your heart and he will always be there for you when u need him the most. Thank You
|Amanda Howard said:|
I have not the right words to say but know, and can read,that there are many who are touched and have been touched by Pete's work and loves and life. I cannot imagine what it must be like to not have him there... I cannot imagine heaven without him. Please know my prayers are with you even if I cannot be there in person. The tributes below are beautiful but more so is his memory - singing into the microphone praising his 'awesome God' while jumping around a stage all the time trying to get the band to speed up and harmonise with four other people who were not quite sure which verse he was up to! God be with you and give you His peace Di and family and all those who will miss him. Amanda
|Tique & David Bennett said:|
We have been so privileged to have known Pete. His life was such an outstanding testimony to God - Pete lived life to the full - with a love, passion, zest and enthusiasm for our God, our church, and his family - he was truly inspirational - a man of God. We are so sad and words can't express the loss and pain we feel.
Pete made a difference in people's lives - he encouraged us in our talents to use them for God's glory, he was a kind and generous person who loved people, and loved God - this was just so beautiful to see in his leadership in worship - he pointed us to the Creator whom he loved so much.
We praise God for your life, Pete and we take comfort knowing that you are with our dear Lord and your daughter Rachel - now able to praise and worship right there in heaven. We will all miss you so much.
|Steve Clark said:|
As the Photocopier Technician from Konica Minolta, who has enjoyed your company and laughs over the past 3 years. You always had time to chat and talk to me about many issues, how the world revolved in the past and how we will encounter changes in technologies for the future. Your passion was so strong that I just had to find the time to work and talk at the same time.
Peter you will be sadly missed. When I visit Concordia I will always visualize you passing behind me to say hello. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
God bless. Will be thinking of you.....
|Rob Churches said:|
I taught with Pete for 3 years at Immanuel College and he showed me how to live and be happy, generous and joyous. He was always positive and genuinely interested in others and their welfare. You'll be missed mate. Peter Wilksch and myself still remember the Port Power club we were going to start at Immanuel. I always admired your faith and will try my hardest to reflect some of what you espoused in the rest of my life.
Thank God for you. God Bless. By Mate!
|Fran Rydon said:|
It is hard to imagine not encountering Peter around Concordia. He was a mentor to me as a parent and a great inspiration as a human being of such warmth. He always made me smile and simply trust that all would be well. Peter had such a presence around Concordia that I think students, staff and parents will continue to see that smile and natural charm popping up and continuing to inspire for a very long time. Peter, you are greatly missed. Thank you for touching our lives with your special gifts. Your contribution to many people's lives was certainly conveyed in the tributes delivered today. It was impressive, to say the least.
|Gayle Judd-Maraun said:|
Pete-I still remember thoe Bellevue Heights Youth Group Days from the seventies like yesterday. I remember sitting outside in the sunshine at lunchtimes at Blackwood High. You were an inspiration way back then.I will always remember the fantastic witness you had through your music and playing in the band 'Brothers'.
What a loss to this world and to you Di but what wonderful things to celebrate about his life and how fantastic knowing that he IS with our Lord.
Di,Andrea, Amanda, Dan Sam my thoughts and prayers are with you.
|Travis Grace & Cheeky the bird said:|
I have, as everyone esle who knows Peter has been touched by his perfection. You may be looking down at us from there, but leaving so much insperation here.
God Bless our freind
|Amelia Cooper said:|
Dearest Mr Sullivan,
You were such an amusing teacher, I will miss your grin with that gap in the middle. You have inspired me to become confident and to be myself no matter what others may think, thankyou. I want to live my life as wholly as you lived yours. I wish I had got to know you better but those biology lessons were joyful and gave me enough insight to see what a wonderful child of God you are. Thanks Mr. S, Amelia.
|Emma Warneke said:|
Mr Sullivan was one of the best teachers I had at Immanuel College. He taught me Biology in years 11 and 12. He showed so much passion for his work, his lessons were energetic and incredibly fun, even when the workload was high and the pressure on. "Come now my little ducklings... " he would say to us often. His passion and enthusiasm contributed a lot to how much I enjoyed studying science. I remember for one assignment we were allowed to choose any biological topic to study and report on human awareness issues. As a diabetic I was interested in research and findings associated to the condition. Pete was so encouraging with my choice and we had many chats together about all the amazing things have been discovered that could help diabetics. He showed a genuine and kind interest in my condition and there were even some things he learned from me about it during our chats. I also thought Pete was a talented musician and I related to him on this subject well too. He would often grab his guitar out and sing us a song to send us a message or even just brighten the day. His eminent devotion to Jesus Christ reflected in his music and his everyday life to make him one of the most wonderful people I have known. Thankyou for teaching me Mr Sullivan, God Bless.
|Rosie Bourne said:|
what a character! what a guy! what an amazing christian! what a great teacher! Mr sullivan your classes were always so exciting, fun, and inspirational. I was in Mr sullivans year 12 bio class this year- it was the first year i had him, and i have never had a teacher just like him. Our talks after class were so inspiring, the way you took any oppitunity to always share your faith, and to talk about how God has blessed you, and to talk about how amazing you wife was- were just great. all of those chats i will remember, and not to mention all your sayings!
Mr Sullivan im am determined to try my hardest to finish this year in Biology with the best score i can get, im going to work hard becasue i know that it will make you so proud and happy. and as you look down from heaven on your bio classes i know that you will be excited at what they achieve.
Mr sullivan you are truly some one i admire and strive to be like! you have taught me soooo much, and have shown me the kind of person i want to be! God bless you Mr sullivan!!
To all the sullivans God Bless and my prayers go out to you.
|Jess Mutton said:|
i wasn't in any of ya classes but from the way my friends talked of you and the way you expressed yourself in chaple i cant imagin what life is gonna be like with out ya!
|Ray Frost said:|
The great difficulty about Peter's death is one question that arises in every heart: but,why...?Why did such a young, and good, man have to die?
Is God really so good?
What is "good" about this sad time?
Greater minds than mine have asked questions like this.
Far greater minds than mine have tried to answer them. So far as I know, not only have no satisfactory answers ever been given, there probably are none - this side of eternity.
I am just an average person, and I do not have the ability to answer such hard questions. But I can ask questions, too. And it seems to me that it is necessary to ask more than that "why" question.
There are more questions to ask than just why?
Are we the best judges as to what is good for us, or bad?
Who ever said that 'this' world is all that there is?
What if earth is "5 star accomodation", but heaven is "5 trillion star accomodation"?
Who can say that it is better for Peter to live on earth than to live in heaven?
What if this sadness is God's warning to us all that our time on earth, too, will end one day?
What if this sad event is bonding us together for a new phase in God's power?
What if, with every good thing God takes, He restores to us other good things tenfold, or hundredfold?
Who is to say that God didn't love Peter so much that He wanted him to be with Him?
What if He has a job He needs Peter to do in heaven? Is He not entitled to get him?
What if the sadness we feel today is the only way God can get through to us the pain and sadness He feels when He loses a little one?
What if Peter was never ours, but merely lent to us? What church would not have felt lucky to have been lent him for a year? How much more that God lent him to us for 25 years!
Doesn't Peter's death tell us how much we have become knitted together and how precious every single one is in this family?
Does not Peter's death remind us that we, too, will be called by God one day to take up a new post?
Is God sending us a reminder to be ready?
Is it bad that Peter was born mortal? Or is it wonderful that he was made eternal when he gave his life to Christ?
What if God had an eternal plan for Peter that goes way beyond all our present understanding and comprehension of what God is all about?
Who can say that it would have been a better plan for Peter to live into old age? Who knows what illnesses, or temptations, or troubles, or failings were around the corner, or down the track? Who knows what the end result of those other options would be?
Who says that this misfortune has no purpose? Is it not our teacher?
Who but an all-knowing God knows the answer to all these questions?
Who, but our God, knows what is best?
How will we ever know what is fair or unfair, good or bad, mean or generous - except in the context of looking back from eternity?
Why do we always think we know what is best?
To ask only one question - "why" is too narrow. It is not until I have asked all the questions that I can see that the answers are not only not easy, but humanly unknowable.
But this I know. My trust is in God.
I will be more generous in my judgements. I shall soften my harshness, I am content to wait and see.
I will allow my heart to give a little generosity to God, and allow the very real possiblilty that, in relation to all the possible choices available, He has chosen the best one for this situation.
My heart tells me to trust Him.
(This was written by Ray Frost, Elder of Bellevue Heights Baptist Church and read at a prayer meeting a few days after the death of Peter Sullivan. I have reproduced it here with the permission of Ray in the hope that it will help others as it did on the night it was read by Ray. God bless you Ray for helping others in their grief when you were grieving so much yourself.)
|Chris Russell & Family said:|
I sit at my desk with tears in my eyes as think of Pete, Di and their precious children, Rachel, Andrea, Amanda, Dan and Sam. How I regret being so far away in Jakarta, at a time like this. Tears of such sadness at the loss of a dear friend and mate of over 30yrs. But as I read the messages here they are also tears of joy at the impact Pete had on those around him as he drew others into the Kingdom through his daily walk. What a wonderful testament to Pete's Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I had just been sharing with a colleague recently how I wanted to share the book "Rachel's Tears" with my Junior High homegroup this year because of the wonderful impact this girls life had on those around her, and then this. Pete you lived your faith and oozed Jesus' presence, may your life and now death continue to draw the lost to Jesus.
We shared a lot of things together over the years Pete and I, from the outragiously funny to heart-wrenching tragically sad. Life should be lived to the full and Pete you were sure an inspiration in regard to that.
I'll sure miss you Pete, and Di I wish I could give you a hug and cry with you and let you know we are praying for you and that we love you.
P.S. Pete thanks for getting my parents to church to hear how Jesus impacted yours and others lives.
See you in Heaven mate,
|Greg & Rae Munyard said:|
Thirty years ago Peter Sullivan, my brother Neil, Ian Salamon and I met together to see if our music worked and it did. The blend of our voices could be felt more than heard and we knew from the beginning that it would work. Our greatest desire was to produce songs that were a testimony of the work of Christ in our hearts, and so we used our music as a vehicle for evangelism. From about 1975 to 1980 we wrote music and performed for Jesus in SA, Victoria, WA, NSW, and Queensland,and along the way we won the South Australian and National Youth For Christ Talent Quests. We played in churches and venues around SA even venturing into the mallee country spending time at Lameroo.
We had the privilege in 1979 of travelling to the US and toured for about six weeks recording an album (vinyl) in Waynesboro, West Virginia. One performance we will never forget was being able to perform in Disneyland. We had just purchased these light grey flairs and vests and shiny dark blue shirts that became our uniform...very 80's!!
We knew that we would be performing at Jerry Falwell's church at Lynchburg Virgina, but we had not expected that we would need to get more hair trimmed off to be able to do it. We were all pretty annoyed at that, but realised that if we were to have people hear our message, we had to allow ourselves to change in order for people not to see in us an obstacle. Peter even then was the most talented musician in the group, and during the five years of our association went from playing only the acoustic guitar (an old red hummingbird copy) to playing the piano (self taught) and then lead guitar. We used to rehearse in Peter's family's place at Belair and it was great to get together and sort through the new songs and give them our best. Well, eventually we all got married, our families arrived and jobs created pressure and distance limited our opportunities, and so we had to quit so we could devote time to what was becoming a greater importance. Then in 1984 Neil moved to WA and in 1986, Raelene and I followed suit. Now the distance was even greater. In the early 90's we were back in SA visiting family over Christmas, and I contacted Peter about perfoming with Neil and I at Murray Bridge. It was like we had never been apart. The songs flowed and the harmonies were still there and it felt great. I often have thought about all the things that were achieved during that too brief time, to the extent that Neil and I contacted Peter via conference call last year to consider the possibility of a "Brothers" reunion tour through SA. It was great to talk and find out that he, like I, was a Head of Department Science. We became excited about the tour idea and communicated through emails and there was genuine interest in taking it as far as we could. Well our great God has bigger plans for Peter, and I think he is now learning what music and worship are really all about. That association over five short years has had a major impact upon our last thirty years and I owe a lot of that to Peter Sullivan.
"...And so I crawl up to my room
And I pull back the sheets
And I open up the Bible to give myself some peace
Lord please teach me how to live
A life that I can give
I accept the way I am
Please use me if you can
Look at all the people
They live without a moan
Sure, they seem happy
But You're true, Yes, You're true
Yes You are true."
(Words from "Before Sleep" by Peter Sullivan Copyright 1979 on "Brothers" album Rhema Records April 1979)
Dianne and family, you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg and Rae Munyard
|Robinlyn Sinclair said:|
I didn't know Peter or his family but I thank God for Peter. For his passion, Vision and gift in music. This site has inspired me and given me confidence in using my voice for God. My prayers go out to his family and friends at this time. I know that you have a wider family that love and will support you through this sorrowful time and God's love and strength will enable you to continue Peter's ministry.
|Rob & Elise Wight said:|
In spite of the sadness of Peter's passing, we are honoured to have known and worked with such a generous-spirited man over a number of years. He used his special gifts to the full and encouraged others to do so too. Our prayers are with his family as they come to terms with their loss.
|Krista Healey said:|
Peter has played a huge part in shaping who I am today. When I was young he introduced me to christ and to Belview hights baptist church. Had it not been for Peter's teachings I would have missed out on some wonderful experiences. I thank the Lord for giving me all that he has through peter.
Condolences to the Family. Especially to My Best Friend Andrea.
|wendy and jeremy dawes and family said:|
Peter was one of God's 'treasures'. Although we lost contact after he left Immanuel, we knew he was doingGod's work with his amazing musical gifts. We hope and pray that those left behind will continue this wonderful legacy Peter has left, in giving the world christian music. I, (Wendy) have written some similar music (probably of lesser quality) and would like to contribute to the website. Perhaps you could tell me how I could do this. Meanwhile, to Diane and the family, our heartfelt sympathy on their sad and sudden loss. We know God holds you in the palm of His hand and will help you through this.
Our love, The Dawes family.
|Aaron 'Afro' Sanderson said:|
The first time I saw Pete lead worship, I though 'Who is this fool'? But as time went by, he grew on me. I likened his action to that of Michael Jackson; albeit with a little less talent but a lot more vibrancy and enthusiasm. His energy was infectious; it was impossible to be inactive in worship with him out the front.
I will greatly miss being led in worship by Pete.
|Dan Fennell said:|
News of Peter's passing reached me soon after my family and I touched down in Jakarta on the evening of Saturday, July 24th. As it happened, Pete entered the Lord's presence as we were flying across the beautiful Australian outback which he loved. Words cannot adequately explain how grateful I am for the hospitality and Christian heart of Pete and Di that helped to birth faith in my teenage heart. Little did they know that the seed of God's Word that they helped to plant then would, by God's grace, be passed on to the great land of Indonesia. Diane, Jordan, Haddon, Josiah and myself offer our heartfelt condolences and love to Diane, Amanda, Andrea, Dan and Sam and also to their extended family whom I spent many happy years with. The evangelist D. L. Moody once said, "One day you will hear that I have died. But don't you believe it! For at that moment I will be more alive than I have ever been."
|Adam Catford said:|
(Brother in Law) Ray Frost's words; 'Peter was on another page' sit well with me. Birthday's - I can't sing to save myself, but somehow found myself attemping harmonies & key changes behind Peter (not that I could be heard!!). Lively debate on almost any subject, especially education & it's funding. A deep passion & commitment to God, Christ, Church, Music & Teaching. We will be there for the boys, Mand, Andy & Di. Love Adam.
|Amalie Mannik said:|
Yes, I was a bit of a ratbag, but thanks for being a great person and always smiling for the whole two years!
Thanks again, Amalie
|Toni Catford said:|
Peter was my brother-in-law and my friend. I was priviledged to spend a couple of hours with him recently. I was able to hug him, laugh with him, share with him.
I now fondly remember times Pete and I had fun. The snow trip, the camps, rides in his old cars and fishing together.
And now I commit to filling just some of the enormous gap that has been left in the lives of my beautiful sister Di and her children Andrea, Amanda, Daniel and Sam. Pete, I will look after them, the whole family will. Rest peacefully my friend.
|Emily Rutherford said:|
I have been so amazed reading over the messages written here at how much Pete influenced the lives of those around him. Pete's life was such a testament to how God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and I am challenged to consider my own life and witness. Pete was given an amazing talent to be sure, but what is more amazing is the way he used it. I'm sure that now he's in heaven he has been trusted with incredible things because he so faithfully used what he had been entrusted with on earth for God's kingdom - Matthew 25:14-23.
I feel honoured to have known Pete and look forward to seeing him again.
Love to the whole Sullivan family xxoo
|Belinda Ellis said:|
I'm sure I'm not the only person from Immanuel who remembers Mr Sullivan's charicature in that little book they put out one year, with all the teachers and their favourite sayings... 'Will someone please join my band?'.
Well, I did. And it was one of the best things I did in my time at school. Mr Sullivan was a great science teacher, but his passion for God and music really inspired me. Being in his 'chapel band' was great fun, but I also learnt a lot from him. He taught me that music isn't just about singing. You have to look beyond the rhythm and the melody and find the true meaning of the song in the words. Because as nice as music is, it's the words that give the song meaning, that inspire us, make us laugh, or cry. And Mr Sullivan's music does all of the above. God bless.
|Jon Griffiths said:|
Hey Pete! I hope you remember me. It's Griff here! I know we never really had much to do with each other, especially the last few years, but hearing of your passing has set a spot of sadness in my heart.
It was evident, in almost every person you came in contact with, that in some way you had touched their life! To me that is the mark of a truely great man. And you were just that Pete, a great man!
Sadly though, you leave behind a great family! Even though i had less contact with your family than i did with you, my heart goes out to them. You will have great comfort in knowing that you haven't left them alone! Although there is no replacing you, they have such a huge group of family and friends who are here for support, love and guidence whenever they need it.
Well there is so much more that could be said but i'll leave that for someone who knew you a little better than me. Who knows, maybe one day if we meet again, you and I can bust out a few lines of 'Cover Me' just for old times sake! What ya say? :-)
Rest in Peace mate!
|Peter Fox from Namibia, Africa said:|
It is a big loss indeed.
I'm busy with the compilation of my new CD with Peter's songs on it. I've send him an e-mail on the 16th of July 2004 promising him that as soon I'm finished with the samples for the cover I will send it to him.
I'm going to continue with the CD so that Africa can hear the Word of God through Peter's music. This CD will also be in remembrance of the passion and the love for Christ that Peter had.
I've never had the opportunity to meet Peter in person, but I look forward to meet him in Heaven.
To Peter's family - I wish you all the best and remember that we serve a mighty and passionate God who gives us power and grace to overcome the impossible. May God bless you abundantly!
|Jeremy & Kelly Lakeman said:|
I was shocked and amazed when I heard the passing of your death and thought that I had heard wrong.
We had the honour with Peter singing at our wedding and I will always remember him for his dedication to anyone who was in need.
Music to the World will grow and be a legacy to your memory and grow stronger. We are so glad that you had a passion for music and was able to share it with all whom you meet!
No doubt you are a "good and faithful servent" and you will be remembered for a lifetime!
Peter we will truly miss you!!!
Thanks for your love and dedication to us and many other couples and heaven will be blessed with your presence!
Jeremy & Kelly Lakeman
|Elyse Harding said:|
Dear Mr Sullivan,
Thankyou for being an amazing Year 10 home class teacher and my Year 12 Biology teacher this year. You always had a smile on your face and were very understanding when we were stressed. I will never forget your zest for life and God. Yor life is an inspiration to us all, and has changed many lives and I am sure many lives to come. Thankyou for being such an great teacher.
To the Sullivan Family, my prays are with you and God Bless.
Thanks again Mr Sullivan.
|KYLIE FRANCIS said:|
SORI RO HEAR ABOUT PETTER I ONLI JUST COAME ON TO THIS SITE AN IT IS AWESOME!!ATLEAST HE IS UP THERE WITH OUR LORD JESUS!!
|Peter Ballard said:|
Though many have mentioned Peter's musical talents, I remember him primarily as an evangelist. The key time in my spiritual journey was a camp in late 1982. I do not want to give Peter too much credit, because it was God who moved in my life and spoke to me. But the fact is that it was Peter, more than anyone else, who God used: through his words (as my "small group" leader), his actions, and his music. The conversations we had I've almost forgotten. But (having been reminded by Bill Greenslade's comments above), I can still remember his haunting rendition of Larry Norman's "I wish we'd all been ready".
In the years after, I joined Peter on a number of his camping trips. When he organised trips, he always seemed to invite people who were new to, or outside, the church. They were times of fun and evangelism, and the two seemed to mix effortlessly.
The first was a trip through 4WD country in the Gammon ranges in Peter's Kombi and David Scarce's Falcon (both very much 2WD cars). The Kombi, of course, broke down in the middle of nowhere. Peter's solution? Remove the engine, put it in the boot of Dave's car, then he and Dave drove 6 hours to Port Augusta to get it fixed. Amazingly, the scheme worked. Thank you, Diane, for phoning all our parents and reassuring them that we were safe, despite being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cars and running out of food. .
Another was the Murrumbidgee canoeing trip. Peter was always one to stretch our resources: we had 6 canadian canoes hitched onto 3 cars, including 3 in a pyramid on top of Peter's 4WD. Good thing we didn't have to drive under any low bridges...
Peter was so down to earth it was easy to forget that he was a church deacon - and later, a church elder. Of course I respected him, but I always felt that he respected me also. I remember times when he took my ideas on board, and I'm sure he did it with others too.
My heartfelt condolences to Diane, Andrea, Amanda, Sam and Daniel. Though it must be hard to do at the moment, be thankful for who he was, and for the time which you had with him. Good-bye Peter: Christian, evangelist, elder, family man, friend.
|Sue Okmasich and family said:|
Peter, we will care for your precious family. You know we love Diane, Andrea, Amanda, Sam and Daniel with all our hearts and we will make sure that they are ok.
We miss you. Give Dad and Rachel a hug and let them know we love them.
Love the Okmasich's
|Amy Woods said:|
You inspired me to go up and sing in church with my friend Nyasha when probably to my 5 years there, no other 12 and now 13 year olds had.
I loved how ever time u were up on the stage u would be sing with as much as u could give to the enjoyed meant of everyboy present. You inspairted every one of us to love God to as much as our ability let us. If you only attended BHBC for about a month you would know who good old Sully was.
I notice in Monsters inc that Sully's (Big, blue hairy monster)real name was James.P. Sullivan and your name is Peter.J. Sullivan. What a coincidence! I'll remember u when I watch it
C ya in heaven
And your songs rock my sox
|Reid family said:|
We appreciated Peter's vitality as he lead the music for Bellevue Heights Baptist. His love of God and of music shone through.
|Amy Mutton said:|
I never had the privilege of being taught by you in a class room. However, I was taught by you in a different way. Through your passing I learnt more about our Lord, Jesus Christ and his love for us. I was already a Christian, but my faith in the Lord was strengthened when I heard people speak of your love for your Lord.
Sully, you were an awesome man of God, and will remain in my heart as a role model – someone to definitely try to be even the slightest bit like you. Thankyou so much for every time you sang in chapel. I remember in year 10 you sat two rows behind me and every morning I could hear you bellowing out the words to the songs in a different melody to the singers.
My prayers are with the Sullivan family.
With Love, Amy
|Dani Goedecke said:|
Mr. Sullivan! What can I say, Biology will never be the same again without your 'cooks tours' and 'north side of the room' directions to the text books. Thankyou for making biology so worthwhile this year, I have learnt so much from you, not only in class, but about life aswell. I'm going to miss seeing that joyful grin of yours lighting up any room that you entered. It has been such a privilige knowing you and I am certain that you have gone to a better place where you can be with your lord. Thanks for all the good times Mr.Sullivan, miss ya heaps.
Love Dani xx
|Bec Curtis said:|
U r a true insperation to all who knew you. U were so postive in all situations and that was really admired. But what i love the most about u Sully is your passion for music, and even just life in general. You had an amazing talent of sharing your faith through song, and that had an impact on sooo many people. I will never forget the time in year 8 u just walked up and said "Hello Bec", and i was like, whoa, how does this guy kno who i am. But that was just like you Sully, to kno everyone around you. And to make the most of every relationship you had.
You were an amazing guy to be around Sully, and i'll miss you heaps.
Keep rocking in heaven,
to mr sullivan(sully)
you have tought some many kids every were that there is always hope and to get out there and give everything your best shot.
you have been an insperation to lots of people. You also tought lots of people that god is a wonder and that he will always help you in time of need as long as you have faith. with all of this you were also a teacher of sience. you had a awsome skill at music. at times of need you were there and when some one was sad you would help. you wee also my friend.
|Peter Fanning said:|
Peter Sullivan, I loved him. There at the most pivotal times of my life; meeting Christ, entering His family, fellowship in the Lord on countless nights & camping trips, sharing the music of the Lord, videotaped my wedding, sang at my wedding reception while I played the piano, laughed, argued (not much and usually about music), forgave, and laughed again. I cannot put into any words what it was that Peter (and Di) meant to me and to my wife Kim. I only wish I had told him earlier - now it will have to wait - Peter see you later, I love you mate.
|kelly halstead said:|
I wrote this email for Pete 6months ago and unfortunately it got lost in transition. so i want to share it with you all so you can see how he has influenced my life....
"Wow Bellevue are doing a fab job. You were always the driving force for that music team. must say i have always looked up to you. Even when i was a little tacker.
I got your email and have been on the site for the part 2hrs. i'm just so stocked at what our fellow Christians are capable of. Your songs have always rocked and i loved singing them when i was at Bellevue. i saw on your photo's that you were at Marion C.O.C. (my home church) in 2002. how could i have missed that. i would have loved to catch up with you.
It's been a long time and things have really changed. I'm now leading and still backing at marion. i've started playing the accoustic guitar and writing songs. Wow it gives you a buzz doesn't it. I always wondered why you always looked so happy. That peace you get when you know your doing work for him! our amazing creator. To be honest in a way i do miss Bellevue but also i would not be the person i am today if i had stayed. i have been given an amazing oppertunity to move forward with my worship and it feels fantastic!
God bless. please keep me informed about M.T.W. i'm so proud of you. And i'm definately sure our father is too.
Di, Andrea, Amanda, Dan and Sam, my heart go's out to you in this time. Don't know if you'd still remember me..... John and Ria's daughter.
Andrea i remember hanging out with you Rachel and Heidi and smacking each other over the heads with those silly blowup baseball bats from the show. you know i still think about her all the time and all the fun we used to have together, i'm not sure why we lost touch all those years ago but hun it's so awesome to see you all grown up and blessed with your fathers musical talent.
God Bless, kel
|Janet Anderegg (nee Bittel) said:|
Oh Diane, it is October 2004 and I only just found out. Living over here in the United States kind of puts me out of touch. I am so sorry that you have to deal with this loss.
I have many memories of Peter and Diane. Diane and I were in high school together and youth group and church! The first thing that came to mind when I heard about Peter was a smiling face and hearty laughter, joking around. Then his music. I remember sitting around campfires at church camps with Di and Peter and others singing songs we had written and sharing stories of our faith. Although I had already moved away to Canberra when Rachel was killed, we were able to attend the funeral and I have never forgotten seeing and hearing Peter sing the song he wrote for her. I was so thrilled to hear that they had their boys....and that they named them Dan and Sam.....my two eldest sons names also!
I visted with Diane in 1995 at their home before I moved to the United States and we talked about how they felt after the first year without Rachel...it was such a blessing to hear her talk of their commitment and love for each other. That was my second thought after I heard the news about Peter......he is with Rachel again!! We can only imagine what a joyous reunion that was!
But for those of us left behind with the sadness and with life here in these difficult times.....it can be so hard. I know the children must have grown up a great deal since I saw them nine years ago. You are a wonderful mother Diane and you were a wonderful friend to me and you will be in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Peter was lucky to have such a godly wife. He chose wisely way back in high school when you two got together. It has been a blessing to read of how Peter has touched other's lives through his faith and love for God. I see quite a few familiar names in this list of tributes.
So Diane,Andrea,Amanda, Dan and Sam.....my deepest love and prayers across the oceans to you......I am glad you have such wonderful people around to help you cope through this deeply sad time. I can't hug you but I can cry with you even all the way over here.
Love ih Him,
|Mark and Marilyn Zimmermann in Germany said:|
Marilyn and I have both been impacted through your tremendous enthusiasm for not only music and singing but to share Christ through your daily living. Your tremendous positive encouragement and prayer that you shared with us will never be forgotten. Your many gifts and talents were an inspiration to many and your memory will remain forever in our hearts. We are grateful that your legacy of music can continue to remind us all of your wonderful witness to the Lord.
Your support and encouragement professionally was much appreciated as we together broke new ground through science and technology at CC.
We will miss you as a dear friend and
colleague but we live in the joy that you are safely in your Father's arms. Our sincere sympathy to Di and the family.
|Jason Masters said:|
I only knew Mr. Sullivan for a year, as he was my year 12 biology teacher in 2000. In that year I knew a person that was dedicated to helping poeple, inspiring people, and enjoying life for all its beauty. I do not share his strong beleifs but I respected him for his outlook on life and am very greatful for the help, and the life values he past on to me during that year.
I am sad to hear of his passing and my sympathy and well wishes go out to all his close friends and loved ones.
I know he will be missed.
Keep Smiling, He would have wanted that!
|Ashley Jones said:|
I am twelve years old and i was looking for sheet music for a flute and i read your article and i am so sorry to hear about Mr.Sullivan .I hope that his family can overcome what happened and I hope that everyone will be ok and just think of it as he is in a better place and now he is with jesus.Can you please e-mail me if you get anymore articles.
|Ashley Jones said:|
I am twelve years old and i was looking for sheet music for a flute and i read your article and i am so sorry to hear about Mr.Sullivan .I hope that his family can overcome what happened and I hope that everyone will be ok and just think of it as he is in a better place and now he is with jesus.Can you please e-mail me if you get anymore articles.My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
|Femi Dada said:|
May his soul rest in prfect peace
|Kate Gilbert said:|
It has been a year since I first met Mr. Peter(Sulli)Sullivan,
As being a new Yr.8 student when I found out he was my home class teacher I was so glad that I would get to be taught and looked after by the greatest science and home class teacher there was!
You were an inspiration to me because of your passion for everything but mostly your music. I only wished that you could have heard me sing in chapel, as you wanted to!
When I see you in heaven, We will be able to sing all of our favourite songs!
Love you Sulli!
Keep Smiling =)
|Debbie Stanton said:|
This saddens me...
It's March of 2005. I just found Peter's music and all of yours last night. I have been singing and pounding out the notes both on piano and violin. In just a short 24 hours your music has lifted me above and beyond! Though now in heaven Peter and all of you are such a instrument of the Lord. I have copied(the score) your song How would it feel so that choir and instruments at our church can here and play it. Our church so needs a touch like this song has touched my heart!
I didnt know Peter personally, but as we all know, God has a plan for everything. We can be assured that Peter will be rejoicing in heaven. As Jesus said, Peter, you are the rock of faith against which the gates of hell shall not prevail. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
you taught me more than just biology. you gave me a positive outlook on life when i saw nothing but darkness. you could see my problems and always seemed to know the right thing to say and have the right way to say it. i know all your students feel the same way. you will be missed by so many.
i will see you again someday.
|Richard Hughes said:|
Gee...this is really weird...Sully it's been YEARS (about 30!)but you have often come into my thoughts.
Being a "blackie boy" with you I remember our times together at school and how we would play guitar and 'harmonise' on "Words" and "Rocket Man". (and drive the rest of the class mad) I remember our end of school year getaway to Rapid Bay with Spoggy...and I remember the pre "Brothers" days. The early bands like "Holy Kommotion", "Maranatha" and others and how these and our chats helped kindle your passion.
Reading these tributes has brought home to me the massive impact you had on others lives in SA, Australia and around the world. I have found some of the contributers names a little freaky as they have brought wonderful memories flooding back of some dear friends and aquaintances from a life time ago and some much more recent.
Peter, I and 200 others missed you at the BHS 25th reunion in July 2000 but not like the thousands missing you from July 2004.
|Patrick Hudson said:|
I don't Know Mr. Sullivan but I beleive he was fighting a losing war with the devil. you see so many people in the world don't beleive in God. one person couldn't do it along . If there were more people like Mr. Sullivan this world would be a whole lot better. God Bless all of you and me and my church are praying for you