Service

A memorial gathering will be held at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Road, London, on Sunday November 1 2015, from 1-3 pm.

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In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the London Public Library. Click on DONATIONS at right side of this page to place a memorial donation.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

John Colm O'Sullivan

Death Notice

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.