A former New York State Trooper and former head of the Great American Irish Festival, Matthew Sullivan, died over the weekend at age 49.
According to his obituary, Sullivan died of a cardiac event on Saturday, July 21.
Sullivan was born in Utica in 1968, and he grew up in Barneveld and attended Holland Patent High School. He then went on to graduate from Herkimer County Community College and SUNY ESF.
Sullivan followed in his father’s footsteps and became a New York State Trooper, according to his obituary. He owned and operated Total Body Fitness in Barneveld, and he served as president of the Remsen Volunteer Fire Company.
Sullivan was also the director of the Great American Irish Festival until he retired from the position in 2014.
Calling hours for family and friends will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, located at 470 French Rd. in Utica. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, located at 2222 Genesee St. in Utica.
In 2009, Sullivan was fired from the New York State Police after pleading guilty to reckless driving, DWAI and unlawfully fleeing an officer, after a fellow trooper attempted to pull him over and he fled from the scene.
Last month, Sullivan was arrested again for DWI and other charges after he failed to stop at a stop sign in New York Mills, went through an intersection and then struck a house on Burrstone Road, according to police. That case was still pending.