John “Scully” O’Sullivan
– Irish Patriot. Born in Tralee, Ireland in 1961 to Michael Frances O’Sullivan and Honorah “Tessie” Teresa O’Sullivan of Valentia Island, Ireland. Scully proved his hardiness from day one, born 3 months premature and weighing only about 2 ½ pounds. As a young boy John fished with his father on commercial trawlers in the North Atlantic. He was proud of his family and heritage, knew their history well, and was fiercely loyal to the cause. As a child, and for ever after, John was a wild one.
As a child he'd organize football games and Subbuteo tournaments on Valentia Island, among other things, and was 2nd in Ireland at table tennis, and brilliant at mathematics. He lied about his age to enter the military, moved north for a time, then traveled extensively for work. John became a famous Gaelic football player in Ireland and the US, winning two All Ireland's and several North American Championships.
He moved to New York in 1986, and briefly punted for the Jets, then dove into his passion where he participated in many top teams, including in 1989 the Jr. Championship in Gaelic Park, NY and the Stamford AOH Gaelic Football Club Final.
While living in the east John built several high rises, acted as concrete foreman for Local 18A in Manhattan, New York (ie: Building D in Battery Park & highrise at 125th Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Harlem, New York) and owned a built a high rise project there. He built custom homes in New York, Long Island, Greenwich, Westchester County. John was a master craftsman, having personally installed the hectagonal marblepiece in Rockefeller Plaza and marbled the Equitable Building in New York. John moved to California in 1990 and to a new team, Erin’s Isle coached by Towney, won the Jr. Final in San Francisco and the All American Jr. Final in Chicago 1991 Semi-Final in San Francisco, 1992 made it to Semi-Final, after which the team folded and he moved to the Sean McDermotts, winning the Western Division Board Championship in Intermediate Football in 1997.
John lived for a few years in Marin and owned a marble and granite shop in Santa Rosa. He moved to Denver for several years, then returned to California where he opened a marble and granite shop in Vallejo – Wine Country Stone – and had several jobs published in Architectural Digest. In California he was Project Manager for CER Development and Papera Construction with oversight responsibility on multi-million dollar residential development and construction projects such as Paradise Quay, Gil Martin Drive and Sugarloaf in Tiburon, as well as several multi-million dollar projects on Belvedere Island, and several in Ross and Kentfield. After a brief stay in Lodi, John moved to his beautiful ranch in Fiddletown, California. John was gregarious, joyful and generous beyond words. He was also fiercely passionate and physically impressive. A man of great vision, his foresight was responsible for the cutting edge green/sustainable features included in the Mokelumne Bluffs Nature Estates project in Pine Grove and the Golden Vale Sustainable Village and Resort project in Amador county, and too many more to mention. John owned the Lighthouse, a unique 3 story private vacation rental “lighthouse” home in Shelter Cove California which was featured in Sunset Magazine, and which he loved for its incredible oceanfront location and 3rd story lighthouse tower, which helped quell his yearning for Ireland.
Deeply grieved by his wife and soul mate Krista Clem-O’Sullivan, the children he loves so dearly Tessie Darlene (age 1), Michael Séamus (age 2), Lydia Irene (age 8), Jacob Anthony (age 15) of Fiddletown, California, siblings Joseph, Michael, Alan, Brian, Sharon, Yvonne, Brian and Barry, of County Kerry, Ireland, parents Michael Frances O’Sullivan and Honorah “Tessie” Teresa O’Sullivan of Valentia Island, grandparents John William O'Sullivan of Valentia Island, Ireland, Una O'Sullivan of Cardiff, Wales, and countless friends the world over.
Unfortunately, since John's death the family has witnessed foreclosures of both the homes, the ranch where they all lived together full time and now the beautiful and amazing "Lighthouse" in Shelter Cove where they moved after John was killed. With that house gone, they will have no where to live. Friends and family are trying to help by raising money. Funds can be sent to: The John O'Sullivan Memorial Fund c/o El Dorado Savings, P. O. Box 727, Jackson, CA 95642-0727.
John will live on through his children and his visionary legacy. The void this tragedy has left in our lives will never be filled. We love you so very much and are devastated by your passing. You will live on in our hearts and souls for eternity.