John Dennis O'Sullivan, 73, of Cape Coral passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Cape Coral. He was born Aug. 8, 1939, in New York City to Dennis and Johannah O'Sullivan, now deceased.
He started working nights as an usher at Rockefeller Center Music Hall. Then he entered The Irish Christian Brothers, a teaching ministry. He earned his B.S. from Iona College, New York, and his M.S. in literature from The City University of New York. He taught school from Seattle to Boston to Staten Island. He eventually became commissioner of education for one college, 17 high schools and 22 grade schools as well as being the guidance director for two high schools and a college athletic director.
Upon leaving the Brothers, he went to work for AT&T in the Corporate Management Program as an administrator. He designed, initiated and implemented the program for fast track advancement within the company. Shortly after, he advanced to the national sales force as the network consulting manager selling huge telecommunication systems via telecommunication centers which he envisioned and developed. After 25 years, he retired as director of International Market Operations for 98 countries.
John Dennis O’Sullivan
Before long, he felt his old calling to assist those in need. He joined the Guardian ad Litem program in Lee County. For 15 years he protected abused and neglected children. He exemplified those qualities of a GAL, so much so, that he was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. He also was awarded Guardian of the Year for the Twentieth Circuit Court fro Lee County, Guardian of the Year for the State of Florida and the President's Volunteer Service Award, which he received from President George Bush. He also worked as a consultant to Voices for Kids, the charitable arm of the Guardian program. Most recently he was honored with the 2011 Liberty Bell Award given by the Lee County Bar Association to the citizen who has performed outstanding support for the Rule of Law. He was nominated by family court's Judge Seals.
Aside from his tireless efforts for children, he served on the Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee for three years and on the board of directors, Collier County, for the United States Military Academy Liaison Officer for West Point.
In his spare time, he made Port wine. For his efforts, he won gold medals from the Amateur Wine Competition for Home Wine and Beer Trade Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Phyllis O'Sullivan; a sister, Agnes Wcislo; a niece, Stormi Pulver-White; as well as 39 children whom he forever helped.
A celebration of life will be held a late date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family request you consider making a donation to Voices for Kids Special Needs or Beds for Kids Lee County, 2075 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL, 33901. These monies are used primarily for summer camp and tutoring.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com who are entrusted with his final care.