Tributes paid to Southsea artist ‘who lived her life to the full’

Boo Sullivan
Boo Sullivan
Portsmouth Music Academy members at a previous concert for Stella's Voice

Head to the pub for fundraising sing-along

  • Boo Sullivan, 86, passes away after fight with cancer
  • ‘Elegant lady’ was a well-known figure around Southsea
  • She appeared in films and posters back in the 50s
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known artist after she lost her fight with cancer.

Southsea artist and former film extra Barbara ‘Boo’ Sullivan, nee Morris, passed away last month after a fight with a brain tumour and throat cancer.

She lived her life to the full and went out in style

Pete Codling, friend of Boo Sullivan

The 86-year-old artist – who was well-known for her bohemian attire – moved to Nightingale Road, Southsea eight years ago following a career as a fashion illustrator in London.

Boo, who was born in Liverpool, was a popular figure in Southsea, often spotted walking her black Staffordshire bull terrier Spike.

Pete Codling, a friend of Boo, said: ‘She was such great fun to be around as she always had great stories.

‘Boo was full of wise words in her old age and was known as being quite a character around Southsea. She lived her life to the full and went out in style.’

The artist socialised with many artists and filmmakers when she lived in Soho from the late 40s.

As a model, she was also pictured, though uncredited, in the film and poster for Gerald Thomas’ A Day to Remember in 1953.

She worked for many illustrated newspapers during her time in London and was also pictured in a series of stills for famous photography magazine Picture Post in the 50s.

Boo was married to American oil engineer John Sullivan and moved to Southsea following his death.

Amongst her work as an artist and model, she was also an animal rights supporter, passionate vegetarian and lover of rescue dogs.

Mr Codling added: ‘With her fund of amusing stories about film and art personalities and her adept Scrabble-playing, from which I learnt so much, she proved to be real top company.

‘I know that a lot of the dog owners across Southsea would have known her well as she was a very elegant lady that always liked to look her best and often wore a distinctive cap.’

She passed away on March 23 and her funeral will take place at The Oaks, Havant, tomorrow at 1.45pm.