Denis J O'Sullivan

August 30, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021 (age 74)
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Denis Joseph O'Sullivan,74, of Jersey City, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Although cancer took this brave and courageous man's life, it never took his spirit. He lived each day with a smile and was often called "Popeye" by his doctor because of his undeniable strength. He passed away peacefully at home with family,  which is where he was happiest.

Denis was a loving husband to his wife Elizabeth, a supportive father to their children and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren. Denis was also a proud brother, uncle and friend. He treasured his loved ones in Ireland, England and America and would give anyone the shirt off of his back if they were in need. Denis's life was a living example of kindness, compassion, strength and perseverance. 

Denis was born in Ireland. He loved his dogs and the freedom to run wild in the beautiful countryside. At the age of 19, Denis took a leap of faith and traveled alone to America with only a few dollars in his pocket. He, like many proud young Irishmen was seeking the "American Dream".    Upon arriving in America, he worked many odd jobs and fancied himself a self-taught handy man. He enjoyed painting his home, putting up shelves or completing little projects.  He was very active and liked to keep himself busy.  At times, he'd enjoy a nice cold beer, a shot of Jameson and shooting the breeze at the Elks Club. His favorite pastime was watching his two favorite sports; soccer and baseball. Denis was a NY Mets fan and was rarely seen not wearing a baseball cap.  Although his Irish roots made him a real meat and potatoes man, there is no one that could carve a turkey like Denis. At Thanksgiving or Christmas, he'd be summoned to sharpen his knife and carve away with expertise skills. Denis was a proud member of the Teamsters Union and worked the night shift for 34 years at Thuman's Inc, in Carlstadt, NJ. Denis was the epitome of a hardworking family man and his gentle presence and soft-spoken nature made him the most likable man in any room.

Denis's strength each day gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life and the gift the presence of a loved one brings. In honor of this amazing man, a funeral mass will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021,11:00 AM at St. Anne's Church, Jersey City. There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to funeral mass.


Funeral Mass
September 13, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Anne's Church
3545 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07307

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