Donald P. O’Sullivan

November 25, 1946 ‒ October 02, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Donald “Silky” O’Sullivan, 74,  passed away at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Delaware, Ohio on October 2, 2021.  He was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 25, 1946 to the late Diarmuid and Hilda (Hirsch) O’Sullivan. 

Don is survived by his wife, Wendy (England) O’Sullivan; daughter, Kimberly M. O’Sullivan; step-son, Zachary Graham; brother, Dennis O’Sullivan; nephews Nathan O’Sullivan and Jacob O’Sullivan; niece Jessie Lee (O’Sullivan) Ward; grand-nephew Jacob Li O’Sullivan; and lifelong friend, Thomas Gallagher.

When Don was young, his godparents got him a series of non-fiction books which fueled his love of learning.  Don attended Saint Bernadette’s Elementary School, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, and graduated from the University of Maryland with his Bachelors degree.  While serving in the United States Army, Don continued his education by taking correspondence courses in several subjects. 

Don was drafted into the United States Army and sent to Vietnam in the 60s.  He re-enlisted in 1986 and served as an MP through Desert Storm.  

Don was proud to serve on the Board of Parole and Probation in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Don was an avid volunteer for the Red Cross, oftentimes traveling to sites of natural disasters to help.  When he wasn’t working or helping others in the world, Don loved the Civil War and had a huge bookcase devoted to the subject.  He also had several bookcases featuring topics from Religion and General History to Biographies and the Middle East.  

His favorite films were “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago,” and “Casablanca.”  He also loved Kermit the Frog.  He would reminisce about seeing Kermit doing coffee commercials when he was young.  He was so amazed and awestruck when he took his daughter to see  “The Muppet Movie” and saw Kermit riding a bicycle, that they stayed and watched the movie again.  

The family strongly requests that all persons attending visitation and ceremony wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as possible, whether vaccinated or not.  

A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH 43015. Burial will occur at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45428. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with services.  The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the O’Sullivan family.

  • What a lovely testament to Silky’s life. Yes, he was a great reader of history and politics. Yes, he loved and served his country. He loved his daughter Kimberly, and had many friendships for many years.Regarding movies: he and I saw “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the University of Maryland’s Student Union and, wow, what a film!
    Rest in Peace, Silky,

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