O’SUL­LI­VAN, Josephine (Strickey)

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Dart­mouth, Toronto and Syd­ney, NS

“Un­able are the loved to die. For love is im­mor­tal­ity.” Emily Dickinson

Born Jan­uary 27, 1927 in Syd­ney, Nova Sco­tia. Died fol­low­ing a brief ill­ness at 90 years of age, on May 27, 2017, Dart­mouth, Nova Sco­tia.

Deeply loved and fondly known as Jo, Joie and Josie by her fam­ily and friends, Jo en­joyed life to the fullest and above all had a deep faith. She will be sadly missed, but she would en­cour­age us, her fam­ily and friends to hon­our her mem­ory with acts of kind­ness to those in need and to each other.

Sur­vived by fam­ily who miss and love her dearly, her brother, John Strickey; daugh­ter, Mar­i­anne (Dar­iusz); grand­daugh­ter, Ania; sis­ters-in-law, He­len Heakes and Mary Brooks, and many won­der­ful cousins, god­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews. Jo also leaves be­hind stead­fast friends and neigh­bours, who gen­er­ously sup­ported her in many ways, help­ing her to main­tain the life she loved in her home.

Pre­de­ceased by hus­band, Ger­ard Joseph O’Sul­li­van; her par­ents, Wanda Ann Pitchuk and Ed­mund (Alek) Strickey, and in­fant brother, Michael. Also by sis­ters-in-law, Marg O’Sul­li­van, Agnes Nevins, Mau­reen Smith, Ber­nadette Swift and Nel­lie Strickey, and broth­ers-in-law, Alfred Heakes, David Brooks, John O’Sul­li­van, James Smith, James Swift and Wil­fred Nevins.

Jo stud­ied nurs­ing at St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity, Antigo­nish and St. Mary’s School of Nurs­ing, Mon­treal. Af­ter mar­ry­ing her beloved Gerry, they moved to Toronto, where she prac­ticed Pub­lic Health Nurs­ing and then made time to vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity. Among those ac­tiv­i­ties, she was a found­ing member of the Se­nior’s Club of St. Bernard’s Par­ish and a member of the Park­dale Golden Age Club. For many years Jo en­thu­si­as­ti­cally at­tended Toronto Sym­phony Orches­tra con­certs and the Toronto Opera. Jo loved to meet new peo­ple and trav­elled across Canada, through Europe and in the U.S., gain­ing friends along the way who she would stay in touch with the rest of her life.

Af­ter en­joy­ing over 40 years with fam­ily and life-long friends in Toronto, Jo and Gerry moved to Dart­mouth, NS. There, they be­gan a new chap­ter in their lives, mak­ing won­der­ful friends in a wel­com­ing com­mu­nity. Jo loved vol­un­teer­ing at St. James’ Food Bank with friends who were happy to let her make the tea and join in greet­ing the clients. She also took part in lawn bowl­ing, boat­ing (in­clud­ing rid­ing the Tidal Bore at age 75!) and, af­ter tak­ing up bridge in later years, en­joyed the ca­ma­raderie of mem­bers in sev­eral bridge clubs, in­clud­ing Bright­wood. Jo was an ac­tive member of St. Peter’s Church, or­ga­niz­ing Se­nior’s events, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Catholic Women’s League and proudly tak­ing part in St. Peter’s ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of The Sound of Mu­sic. She was a member of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity Women and St. F.X. Pres­i­dent’s Club. Jo was also a fan and sup­porter of the Nova Sco­tia Sym­phony and Nova Sco­tia Youth Orches­tra.

Jo en­joyed cel­e­brat­ing hol­i­days with fam­ily and friends and never for­got a birth­day or an­niver­sary. She was es­pe­cially thrilled to have so many friends and fam­ily join us to cel­e­brate her 90th birth­day in Jan­uary. Jo was very proud of her Pol­ish her­itage, trav­el­ling to Poland and main­tain­ing her con­nec­tion to the Nova Sco­tia Pol­ish com­mu­nity, in par­tic­u­lar by sup­port­ing St. Mary’s Pol­ish Church in Syd­ney, NS. She al­ways took part in the Pol­ish fes­ti­vals at St. An­thony’s, Dart­mouth, en­joy­ing all the won­der­ful food, danc­ing and mu­sic.

Thank you to em­ploy­ees of the Dart­mouth Gen­eral Hospi­tal for the ex­cel­lent care given to Jo by won­der­ful nurs­ing staff; es­pe­cially Daniella, Lynda, Ar­dina, Na­dine, Juanita, Julie, Mary Anne, Jan­ice, Brenda, Mar­i­lyn and Kathie, car­ing pal­lia­tive, home care and OT staff; An­gela, Sarah and Crys­tal, and the kind doc­tors, es­pe­cially Drs. Lawless and Cameron.

Visi­ta­tion on Wed­nes­day, May 31, 7-9 at Dart­mouth Fu­neral Home, 29 Queen St., Dart­mouth.

Fu­neral Mass Thurs­day June 1, at 10 a.m., St. Peter’s Ro­man Catholic Church, Dart­mouth, Fa­ther James Richards of­fi­ci­at­ing. Re­cep­tion to fol­low in the Par­ish Cen­tre.

In­ter­ment will take place in Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, Syd­ney Forks, NS.

For those who wish to re­mem­ber Jo with a do­na­tion, please con­sider St. Peter’s Church or Food Bank, Dart­mouth, St. James Food Bank Dart­mouth, St. Mary’s Pol­ish Church, Syd­ney, NS or a char­ity of your choice.

On­line con­do­lences by vis­it­ing www.dart­mouth­fu­ner­al­home.ca.

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