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Joseph Myles Sullivan, Jr.

January 21, 1956 ~ May 13, 2022 (age 66)

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Joseph Myles Sullivan Jr., age 66, of Austin, died Friday evening, May 13, 2022. Austin lost an icon. Joe was an amazing husband, father, friend, and owner of House Park BBQ. Joe was born in Austin on January 21, 1956, to Rose and Joseph Sullivan. Joe grew up in Clarksville surrounded by a large, beautiful family.

Joe attended St. Mary's Catholic School and was a member of the church. He would use his wages from church events as an alter boy to go shoot pool at Webb's Cue Club on 6th Street and became one of the best pool players known to Austin. Joe didn't care too much for school, but his street smarts made him 'so much more learned' as he would say.

Joe had a passion for fast cars. fast horses, and fast pool games. Through the years, he collected many cool cars. His favorite was his 66 Chevelle. For a time, you could find him at the horse races, watching the race horse he owned, Lady Bets Moon. And he always enjoyed an evening out playing 9 ball tournaments and bringing home the winnings.

Joe met the love of his life, Janet, in late 1985 and were married on October 17th, 1987. Together they created a loving home for themselves and their two Children, Matthew and Olivia. His day was complete when he got to see them.

As a young man, Joe worked for the neighborhood Minute Mart, had a potato chip company, but his true calling was being the owner of House Park BBQ, which he bought in 1981. It was a sad evening when the restaurant caught fire in December, 2020 and had to close.

One of Joe's happiest days was this April 19th, the day he learned the building permits had been approved to rebuild House Park BBQ. He was looking forward to working with his son and daughter to reopen it.

Joe was a simple man, a humble man, a man who gave from his heart. He was one of the kindest, most generous men one would ever meet.

Joe is predeceased by his brother, Tim, sister-in-law, Paula, mother, Mama Rose, and father, Papa Joe.  Joe is survived by his wife of nearly 35 years, Janet, his son, Matthew, his daughter, Olivia, brothers Mike, Jake, David and wife Alicia, sisters, Carol and Mary, and many lovely family members and friends.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

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Celebration of Life
May 24, 2022

6:30 PM
West Austin Park
1317 W. 10th street
Austin, TX 78703

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