Helen Margaret O’Sullivan (nee Holland)
November 22 1934 - September 9 2017
At Victoria Hospital, after a brief illness with cancer. Beloved wife of Colm (2015), devoted mother of John O’Sullivan (Harriet Ross) of Toronto and Ruth McGregor (Marty) of London. Loving Mother-in-law to Anna Janes. Exceptional grandmother of Brigid O’Sullivan (Noelle Watson) Toronto, Colm O’Sullivan, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hannah McGregor and Sophie McGregor, London, Ontario. Born in Newcastle West, Ireland, Helen was one of eight children who lived all over Ireland. She began her teaching career in Dublin where she met Colm, the love of her life. They married in 1958. They had two children, John and Ruth before coming to Canada in 1962. They settled in London, Ontario and called it home from then on. Helen taught elementary school in London’s Catholic system, and nurtured the education of hundreds of children at St. Michael’s, St Thomas More, and St. Johns schools. She was a gifted and dedicated teacher. Gentle, gracious and soft-spoken, Helen was a keen bridge player, who was cheerfully unapologetic when it came to cutting her opponents off at the knees. Wise and compassionate, she was always generous with kind, but no-nonsense advice. She was a voracious reader, an enthusiastic gardener and she had exceptionally good taste. Helen was a life-long learner, eager to go to art galleries and plays and to hear new ideas. She will be missed beyond measure as a warm and devoted friend by many. As a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and sister, she was deeply loved, and her loss is profound. We are deeply grateful to the staff at Victoria Hospital, who cared for Helen with such dedication and kindness: Dr. Bertrand and Dr. Khosla, nurse Carrie Thornton, and the nurses on the 7th floor Oncology ward, Karen, Lyndsey, Jess and Renata. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on Sunday September 24th from 2-4pm at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Center, 551 Windermere Road, London. In lieu of flowers, donations to the London Public Library would be appreciated.
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