Philip John O’Sullivan

Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel

Philip John O'Sullivan

Mount Shasta, - Philip John O'Sullivan, age 91, of Mount Shasta, California, passed away Thursday evening, June 24, 2021 surrounded by family at his home. Philip was born on June 21, 1930 to Andrew and Augusta (Riddick) O'Sullivan in County Cork, Ireland, the twelfth child of thirteen.

In 1950, at age 20, Philip immigrated to the United States where he joined his oldest brother and extended family in Vallejo, California. He stayed in California briefly before entering eight years military service in the United States Air Force. Following basic and advanced training, Philip was stationed in England where he later became a citizen of the United States. Other postings followed, including Offutt AFB in Nebraska where he met his bride and wife Roberta (Wolverton) through mutual friends. They were married in Madison, Nebraska in 1957.

After Philip left military service, the family settled in Napa, California. In 1963, Philip began his career in law enforcement and collision investigation. The family moved to Mount Shasta in 1972 where Philip and Roberta lived for the next 49 years. Philip used his veteran's benefits to pursue a college education, graduating from California State University, Chico, in 1981. Later, he became a well-respected forensic collision reconstructionist and educator. A lifelong reader, Philip especially enjoyed history, political science, biographies, and other related non-fiction topics. After retirement, Philip and Roberta traveled extensively in the United States visiting National Parks and historical sites.

Philip is survived by his wife of 63 years, Roberta; five children, Michael (Liz), Maureen (Joe), Patricia (Philip), John, and Andrew (Maureen); seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexander, and Siobhan (Maureen), Nathanial and Cayla (Patricia), Jessica and Mason (Andrew); and six great grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held on Friday, July 2, 2021 at noon at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church in Mount Shasta with Father Lester Menor officiating. Internment services will occur at later date at the Northern California Veteran's Cemetery in Igo, California. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Saint Anthony's Catholic Church Altar Society.

Posted online on July 16, 2021