Longtime Liverpool activist Sharon Fulmer died Saturday May 10 at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center of complications from multiple myeloma.
Fulmer had also served as president of the Liverpool Public Library Board of Directors and had worked for nearly two decades as a reporter and editor of The Review, dating back to when it was known as The Liverpool-Salina Review.
Fulmer was also active at Liverpool First United Methodist Church and worked as director of communications for the North Central New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Although she had stepped down as LPL Board president in 2004, Fulmer remained a member of the board.
40-year Liverpool resident
According to Linda Loomis, Fulmer's friend and former co-editor of The Review, Fulmer was born Jan. 17, 1942 to Rev. Luther Ridgeway and his wife, Emma. In 1964, she married David Fulmer; they moved to the village in 1966. In their home on Meyers Road, the Fulmers raised three children: son Scott, now married to Michelle, whose daughter Morgen attends Long Branch Elementary; daughter Melissa, a music teacher at LBE and Soule Road Elementary who, with husband Scott Cannan, has a son, Matthew; and son Andrew, who is expecting his first child with wife Kelly in August.
Survivors also include two sisters: Sally Eldred of Cooperstown and Sandra Stansbury and her husband James of Bradenton, FL; a sister-in-law, Beverly Ridgeway of Fort Worth, TX; ten nieces and nephews and several great nieces and great nephews, and a legion of friends. She is predeceased by her brother, R. David Ridgeway.
Fulmer began at The Review as a freelance reporter in 1972. She quickly rose to the position of co-editor. While she was at the helm, The Review won more than two dozen awards from the New York Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, including Best Front Page, Best Coverage of Local Government and Best Coverage of Education. Fulmer was also instrumental in redesigning the paper, working with renowned graphic designer Mario Garcia. In recognition of her efforts, the Syracuse Press Club honored Fulmer with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.