With Dad, Keith, Jennifer, Jadyn, and Charlie, I want to thank you for your thoughts, wisdom, and support over the past months while Mom was in and out of the hospital. Mom was touched when you visited, sent encouraging notes, and asked about her progress.
We are forever grateful for your being in our lives.
Mom passed away peacefully, without pain - as she wished - with us by her side. She was 80 years old.
To honor Mom's life, a memorial service will be held on
Saturday, February 4, 2012:
8 - 10 a.m. Universal Chung Wah Funeral Chapel
225 N. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra
Three bows and presenting incense, 8 - 9 a.m.;
remembrances of Mom, 9 - 9:30 a.m.;
conclusion by 9:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m. Burial at Chinese Cemetery
First Street and Eastern Avenue in East Los Angeles
Noon Lunch with our family -- restaurant location to be announced.
From Josh Smith Executive Director of People in Progress;
It is with deep sadness that I must tell you that Dennis O’Sullivan succumbed to cancer at 8:05 on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Dennis was not only the past Executive Director of People In Progress, but one of our clients in 1990. Since that time, Dennis quite literally dedicated his life to helping others, not only at the agency, but also in the community at large, having served on numerous boards and committees.
In speaking with his neighbor this past weekend, he recounted to me that Dennis said that he was at peace and acceptance with his illness and said that he was “leaving this life having helped more people than he hurt.” We should all be so fortunate.
At Dennis’ request no formal arrangements will be made.
DENNIS M. O'SULLIVAN - BIOGRAPHY
Born in North Hollywood, Calif. Second of two sons. Parents both born in N.Y.C., N.Y. 1st generation Americans. All grandparents born in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland.
St. Charles Borromeo grammar school No. Hollywood, Ca.
Attended High School at St Nicholas of Tolentine, Bronx, N.Y.
Business Law and Business Mgt. classes - University of Hawaii extension.
Graduate of L.A. Mission College Chemical Dependency studies program.
Military: Honorably discharged Vietnam Era veteran. 1965-1967
Honor graduate – Non-Commissioned Officers Leadership Academy – Ft. McClellan, AL 1967
Employment: 15 years as a motion picture camera technician freelancing for major motion picture and television producers. Also worked in various management positions in the retail and food and beverage industries.
Current: Volunteer position in 1990 turned into paid position with People In Progress, Inc. Worked thru various positions retiring as Executive Director in February 2011. People In Progress is a social service agency providing program services to the homeless and indigent who primarily have problems with alcohol and drug dependencies. People In
Progress also contracts with the Veterans Administration to provide services for homeless veterans.
Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council – President 2004-5
Councilman Tony Cardenas’ appointee; Bradley Landfill Advisory Comm. 2003-2009
Councilman Tony Cardenas’ appointee; Neighborhood Council Review Commission
4th of July at Hansen Dam Committee- President 1997 to 2006
Sun Valley Area Chamber of Commerce 1994-Present, President 1996 - 98 & 2009
SFV Veterans Day Parade Committee, organizing committee 2004 to 2011, Treasurer 2004 to 2007
Providers Collaborative of the San Fernando Valley - Chair 1996 to 2011
Mayor James Hahn’s appointee:
Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority Commission 2002 - 2004
Affordable Housing Trust Fund 2002
L.A.U.S.D. Redistricting Commission 2002
Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg’s Public Safety Commission 1999 to 2002
Member of and various positions for:
San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition
Pierce College Addiction Studies Advisory Board
Combined Health Appeal of California - Board member 1998 to 2000
*** There is planning currently to have an informal service at People in Progress, Sun Valley, Information will be posted once available. ***
The Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes to encourage those wanting to honor Dennis O'Sullivan's memory do so through a donation to People in Progress.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
11:30 a.m. lunch; noon meeting/presentations
Training Room at Waste Management
9081 Tujunga Avenue, Sun Valley, CA 91352
Please join us at next week’s Sun Valley Beautiful meeting to hear from Mr. Alex Shoor and his team at Consensus Planning. Mr. Shoor will give us the latest news on the California High Speed Rail Project.
Bring ideas about what you want to do with Sun Valley Beautiful in 2012! Happy New Year! Agenda and minutes from the October 19, 2011 meeting to be distributed at next week’s meeting.