The oldest member of the Australian Pacific province was farewell in a fitting funeral deserved for a dedicated Salesian.
Fr Dan O’Sullivan passed away in Bairnsdale on 30th August 2014. It was not unexpected as Fr Dan had been declining in health in the last couple of years. He entered eternal life at 96 years of age.
Fr Dan spent all his working life teaching in Australian Salesian schools, serving in most of them at some stage. His last appointment was in Bairnsdale. He arrived there in 1991 and worked in the RE, Maths and Italian departments at Nagle College until about 2004. In 2006 due to ill health he retired to Maddock’s Gardens. Fr Dan will be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humour (Irish), his devotion in helping students and his pastoral care to the people of the Parish.
A funeral Mass was held at St Mary of the Queen in Bairnsdale on 3rd September. It was attended by a number of Salesian priests and brothers together with many priests of Sales diocese and the locals who got to know him over the last 22 years.
The requiem Mass was held at Salesian College Rupertswood in Sunbury on 9th September. The provincial of the Salesians presided over the Mass and Fr Dan’s long-time friend, Fr Frank Freeman SDB delivered the homily. Fr Dan was remembered as a selfless, hardworking and dedicated son of Don Bosco. A number of Fr Dan’s nieces and nephews were present at this Eucharist thanking God for the man they lovingly knew as ‘Uncle Dan O’.
Following the Eucharist, Fr Dan was buried at the Salesian cemetery in the college ground. As a tradition, the junior students of Salesian College Rupertswood formed the guard of honour from the chapel to the cemetery in an impressive and respectful manner.
The principal of St Joseph’s College Ferntree Gully, a couple of teachers and a selected group of students who belong to the O’Sullivan Home Group attended the Mass to pay respect to the man who laid a foundation stone of the college. The principal of Salesian College Chadstone and a number of students also attended the Mass.
Following the burial, refreshments were served at the Salesian residence.