John Colm O'Sullivan
O’SULLIVAN, John Colm - February 25 1935 - October 16 2015 - Of London, Ontario, died peacefully at University Hospital at the age of 80. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen (Holland), and his children, John O’Sullivan (Harriet Ross), Toronto and Ruth McGregor (Marty), London. Father-in-law of Anna Janes of Toronto. Grandfather of Brigid (Noelle Lombardi) and Colm O’Sullivan, and Hannah and Sophie McGregor. He is also survived by his brother Pat O’Sullivan of Plantation, Florida and sister Maura Kavanaugh of Kent, England. Predeceased by his sister, Claire Keane, Athlone, Ireland. Colm was born in Lispole, Co. Kerry, Ireland and was educated in Dublin, where he got his teaching degree and B.A. in English from Trinity College, and where he met the love of his life, Helen. He left his beloved West Kerry for Canada in 1961, to teach, first at Catholic Central High School, and then at London Teacher’s College. He then taught English Education at Althouse College for many years. He earned his Master’s Degree and PhD at the University of Western Ontario, studying the works of James Joyce. A voracious reader and enthusiastic crossword puzzle devotee, he was smart and funny and unendingly curious about the world and people and ideas. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a wonderful friend. He will be missed. His family would like to thank the staff of University Hospital’s 6th Floor Acute Medicine staff, in particular RNs Sherry, Kate, Terry, Isabel, and Yuxun, PSWs Kendra and Zoe, and Nurse Practitioner Lynn. Their unending kindness and support made a huge difference during difficult days. At Colm’s request, there will be no funeral. A memorial gathering will be held at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Road, London, on Sunday November 1 2015, from 1-3 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the London Public Library.
Ian and Rochelle Underhill
October 17, 2015, 10:17 am
I have lost a treasured colleague, a man who epitomized all that is good in teaching, and we have lost a treasured friend, a man with whom we laughed and shared some wonderful times. Our thoughts are with you, Helen, and your family.
Arnold and Andrea Suski
October 17, 2015, 11:57 am
Dear Helen,John and Ruth;
We were so very sad to hear about Colm's passing. We are in BC..so very far away at this time when we would like to be so much closer. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Arnold and Andrea.
October 20, 2015, 4:53 pm
It's Helen Slevin here.
I'm so sorry to hear of Colm's passing, I was aware he had been unwell but still hearing the news was a shock.
We are all thinking of you and your lovely family at such a sad time in your lives & you are all in our prayers.
with love and deepest sympathy,
Helen and family
Niamh & Bill Saunders
October 23, 2015, 3:26 pm
He was smart and funny and loved. We will miss him.
October 25, 2015, 10:07 pm
Mrs. O'Sullivan and family,
I'm terribly sorry to read of Colm's passing. I met Colm when I was a student at Western and hired to work part-time and then full-time at the Faculty of Education in the late 1980s. I worked within The Althouse Press with Geoff Milburn, Don Gutteridge, David Radcliffe, and Jim Sanders. It was there that I also had the privilege of meeting Ian Underhill. You will no doubt recognize some, if not all, of these names. In fact, I recall a gathering in your home and am sorry for not recalling the reason behind it where most of those mentioned above attended along with me.
I enjoyed Colm. He would stop by my office and chat always with a smile on his face and that sparkle in his eyes. He knew my father, too, who had been an English teacher in both Hanover and Woodstock and travelled to South Carolina with the Althouse boys on one of their golf trips.
The last time I saw Colm, he had returned to the faculty to meet the newly hired Dean who shared his surname. I was so delighted when he popped by my office to greet me after many years of not seeing him. It was great to see the same sparkle still inhabited his eyes.
I am very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man whom I recall loving his work at the Faculty and thoroughly enjoying life. I will always remember Colm with deep respect and fondness.
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