Donald A. Sullivan Commemorative Trophy

Dedicated 31 May 2002
Donald Sullivan Trophy

The Trophy

Bob Shain was the catalyst behind the Donald A. Sullivan Commemorative Trophy. He worked with Don for many years and recognized his dedication and commitment to the masonry craft and the men and women who chose to make it their profession.

The idea for the trophy was one that would be reflective of Don’s actions and beliefs. It would be built to a standard that transcends craftsmanship, and will exhibit to future generations the appreciation we have for our craft, and the respect we had for Don Sullivan.

We chose a highly acclaimed artist in Modesto to build the trophy. Steve Beauchamp is a renowned woodcarver, with an exceptionally creative mind. We decided to combine Black Walnut and a white marble as the main materials, with enough detail to promote a sense of elegance. Once completed, the trophy would measure 20 inches wide, 12 inches in depth and 28 ¼ inches tall. The total weight would be 42 lbs. Our friends at Folsom State Prison, Rob Purvis and Lyle Brown agreed to build us a shipping crate, which would serve to protect the trophy during transport each year. The case can also be used as a stand for displaying the trophy.

The meaning of the Trophy

The trophy begins with a solid wood base that measures just less than two inches in thickness and displays an intricately molded edge.
The base is reflective of Don’s strong foundation based on his education, experience and sense of fairness.

There is a raised platform with a marble floor integrated with a molded wood nosing “Donald A. Sullivan Commemorative Trophy” is hand carved into the lower face. The raised platform is symbolic of apprenticeship and the rounded corners make reference to the smoothness and grace with which Don conducted himself. The enhanced, detailed corners of the riser also reflect strength and stability. The marble is indicative of Don’s affection for natural stone and the contrast of dark wood and white stone reflects his view of equality toward all people.

A chrome-plated trowel is mounted onto the stage using an acrylic base. The trowel symbolizes the bricklayer’s craft and the relaxed angle makes reference to Don’s calm, laid back manner.

Two columns rise from the platform. Brass plates have been attached for listing the names of the winner of the trophy each year.
The two columns are symbolic of the apprenticeship committee, which is made up of trustees from the union and trustees from the Contractors Associations.

The two columns are tied together with an arch. Hand carved into the face of the arch are “Pride and Principle” and “Selfless Service”. On the keystone are the letters DS. The arch is symbolic of Don’s efforts as chairman of the JATEC for many years’ . The inscriptions make reference to his actions and beliefs.

For the back wall, between the columns we used marble. There is a brass plate attached just below the arch which reads:
“Don Sullivan dedicated himself to the masonry industry for nearly 50 years. He worked successfully with industry leaders and BAC Local #3 in Northern California. It is through the memory of his tireless, unselfish efforts and indefatigable spirit that we can take great pride in our craft as we work toward the goals he envisioned for the betterment of all”.

The marble once again indicates his affection for stone with the contrast in color reminding us of his view of equality towards all people. The brief statement on the brass plate is for future generations who will not know first hand how fortunate we are that Don Sullivan chose masonry as his life’s work.

The back wall continues above the arch with an intricately molded corbel. We could have stopped at the arch and had a fine trophy. However, the trophy was meant to be reflective of Don Sullivan, the man. The portion above the arch is meant to symbolize his efforts going beyond apprenticeship and the masonry industry

 

Acknowledgements

 

Steve Beauchamp Finishing Touch Woodcarvings Hand made trophy
Mark Sylvester BAC Local 3 Apprentice Coordinator/Tile Industry Fabricated marble
Doug Baker Manager, Delta Plating, Inc. Chrome-plated trowel
Kevin Sullivan Sullivan Masonry Furnished trowel
Ward Stenson Stenson’s Engraving Brass plates and engraving
Bob Shain California State Conference Initiated Project
Michael Height BAC Local 3 Apprentice Coordinator/Brick Instructor Coordinated Project Provided initial concept
Rob Purvis, Lyle Brown Folsom State Prison, Apprentice Instructor Built Shipping Crate

 

Lloyd Hall Trophy

The Lloyd Hall Trophy, pictured to the left preceeded the Don Sullivan Trophy. It was presented for the first time in 1973 and retired on 31 May 2002 after 29 contests. Below, you will find a list of previous winners of the Lloyd Hall Trophy.

The Lloyd Hall Trophy

pictured to the left proceeded the Don Sullivan Trophy. It was presented for the first time in 1973 and retired on 31 May 2002 after 29 contests.
Below, you will find a list of previous winners of the Lloyd Hall Trophy.

 

1973 RON BENNETT LOCAL #2 CA DISNEYLAND
1974 STAN SHOFFEIT LOCAL # 20 CA SAN DIEGO
1975 EDWARD PIERCE LOCAL # 11 SD OAKLAND
1976 KEN LUMSDEN LOCAL # 11 SD INGLEWOOD
1977 RAY MARTINEZ LOCAL #22 SA SACRAMENTO
1978 MICHAEL BEENE LOCAL #11 SD ANAHEIM
1979 MICHAEL BEENE LOCAL #11 SD STOCKTON
1980 MICHAEL THOMPSON LOCAL #7 SF PALM SPRINGS
1981 ROBERT PALLARES LOCAL #22 OR CNTY LONG BEACH
1982 MICHAEL KENNERLEY LOCAL #8 OAKLAND SAN JOSE
1983 KERRY PEKKALA LOCAL #11 SD SAN DIEGO
1984 PETER SCHUERFIELD LOCAL #11 SD OXNARD
1985 RODNEY LUDWIG LOCAL #11 SD SAN MATEO
1986 ROBERT COLLINS LOCAL #13 LONG BEACH ANAHEIM
1987 HARRY WILLIAMS LOCAL #12 STOCKTON GOLETA
1988 STEVE MAZZA LOCAL #8 OAKLAND OAKLAND
1989 GREGORY ANTHONY LOCAL #2 WA SEATTLE
1990 DAVID GOMES LOCAL #8 OAKLAND ANAHEIM
1991 ALBERT KNAUER LOCAL #9 SAC SACRAMENTO
1992 GEORGE JONES LOCAL #1 SAC PASADENA
1993 DAVE SMITH LOCAL #2 WA SEATTLE
1994 LEO MARTINEZ LOCAL #4 LA SAN MATEO
1995 HOWARD HELGESON LOCAL #1 WA SAN DIEGO
1996 ROBERT LINN LOCAL #3 SAC SAN JOSE
1997 BRIAN LUPCHO LOCAL #3 WA, ID PALM SPRINGS
1998 TROY FUA LOCAL #3 OAKLAND LAS VEGAS
1999 JERROD RHYNALDS LOCAL #1 WA SEATTLE
2000 JESSE RICHARDS LOCAL #3 CA MONTEREY
2001 GUSTAVO RUVALCABA LOCAL #7 CO PORTLAND

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