Raymond C. Lopé
Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Homes
Lopé is co-owner of Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Homes, a 110-year establishment in Utica and Royal Oak, Mich. The company was distinguished as the “Best of the Best” funeral homes by the National Funeral Directors Association. He served as a member of the HVI Council of Advisors and the Public Responsibility & Advocacy Committee for the Henry Ford Health System.
Lopé is a well-known Macomb County business leader and was a long-time member of the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital board of trustees. He served as vice chair of the trustees and he chaired the hospital’s Strategy and Growth Committee in addition to sitting on the Hospital’s Executive Committee, Macomb Nominating & Governance Committee and the Ambassador Club. He was recognized with a Medallion Award in 1999 and the Tony Viviano Distinguished Achievement Award in 2012.
He is a past president of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #6; a former member of the Pursuit of Excellence Committee with the National Funeral Directors Association; a founding member, current member and past president of the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence and a charter member and past president of the Gerald C. Friend Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund. He’s also the recipient of the 2011 Lil Adams Award from the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to the community.
He is a Utica-Shelby Rotary Club past president, Paul Harris Fellow award recipient, member of the Pewabic Pottery Society, trustee and treasurer of the Macomb Oakland Guardianship and member of the St. Lawrence Knights of Columbus Council No. 2950. He received the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 1987.
Lopé holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College in New York. Before joining Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Homes, he held several sales and marketing positions for Shell Oil in New York City.
Lopé was appointed to the board in 2015.