Timothy James O’Sullivan
Feb. 2, 1922 – June 18, 2011
Tim O’Sullivan, a former broadcaster and labor leader, passed away peacefully on June 18.
He was born in Kittanning, Pa. and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Muncie then Fort Wayne, Ind., which he always considered his home.
He started a career in radio as a sportscaster at age 17 in Muncie.
He served in the Army Air Corps 8th Air Force, 384th bomb group in World War Two where he was highly decorated, reaching the rank of first lieutenant. He was stationed at Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, England where he met a local girl, Kathleen Teresa Cooper, known to her family and friends as Terry. After leaving the service, he wrote to propose. They were happily married since late 1946.
They lived in Fort Wayne where he worked as a newscaster for radio stations WOWO and WGL. He later was an organizer for the broadcast technicians union NABET in Buffalo, N.Y. and Toronto, Canada, and in 1968 was elected international president of NABET.
Tim also worked in labor relations with the U.S. Postal Service and as business agent for NABET Hollywood Local 53.
In recent years, he was a commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a U.S. government agency that helps mediate labor disputes.
Tim is survived by his wife Terry; sons Michael and Patrick; and grandchildren Christopher, Kathryn, Sean and Tommy O’Sullivan, and Steven Christianson.
He will be remembered as a great storyteller, warm and engaging, widely admired and greatly loved by family and friends.
Funeral services will be at St. James Catholic Church in La Crescenta on Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. He will be interred in a later ceremony at the veterans’ cemetery in Riverside.