OBITUARY

Keen Oliver O'Sullivan

May 14, 1933April 17, 2020

Keen Oliver O’Sullivan, 86, of Tampa, FL, died Friday, April 17, peacefully at home with her family. Born to Henry and Elizabeth Oliver in Chatham, VA on May 14, 1933, Keen graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1954. She began her career in the early days of TV, and her work included stints as actress, journalist, teacher, and travel writer. Keen was particularly proud of her work on the award-winning 1979 documentary, Tony Pizzo’s Tampa. Earlier this year, she published her memoir, Fresh Mint, giving us a glimpse into the life of an inveterate and adventurous world traveler whose trips took her from dog sledding in Norway to exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. She leaves behind a wealth of stories and photographs for her devoted family, and a legacy of can-do spirit. When at home, she was a dedicated tennis player for a number of local teams, most recently the Carrollwood Wrecks. Keen’s passion for art and culture had her attending a Florida Orchestra concert just weeks before lofting onto on her last big adventure. She is predeceased by her husband, Peter B. O’Sullivan, a founding faculty member of University of South Florida’s prestigious theater program. In 1969, in the neighborhood of Old Carrollwood, the O’Sullivan’s built an original mid-century modern house in which they both lived and died. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Paul Weber, son and partner Brian O’Sullivan and Courtney Lee Adams, and grandchildren Cassandra Weber and Thomas Weber. Final arrangements by Blount & Curry, Carrollwood.

A memorial service in Keen's honor will be held on Thursday, June 24 2021 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Carrollwood Recreation Center located at:

3515 McFarland Road, Tampa, Fl 33618

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Florida Orchestra or Free Fall Theater

Services

24 June

Celabration of Life

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Carrollwood Recreation Center

3515 McFarland Road
Tampa, Florida 33618

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Vivian KIRSCHNER

April 27, 2020

I was fortunate to have met Keen at the Y
Keen always had a smile and a adventurous story to share with all the Ybabes . Anxious to read Fresh Mint in the spirit of celebrating her life so well lived until the harp she could not master finally played for her. My deepest sympathy to the family . VivianKirschner

Donald Dale Ramsey

April 18, 2020

May this lovely woman rest with the angels and may her memory always be a blessing to all her surviving loved ones. God bless her.

Penny, Gavin, Ian, Connor, Max Gallagly

April 18, 2020

Brian, Megan & family,
I met your mom over 20 years ago on the tennis courts. She encouraged me to take up tennis and I did. I subbed with her my very first league game...that's when it all began! I loved, we loved your mom for so many reasons that the Max 2000 Length is not enough! Keenie Mama to me will always be my special treasure! I loved everything about her! She was part of our family and still is with fond memories, bringing smiles and laughter for our comfort in this time of loss. We were honored to have your mom in our lives. She loved to talk about her family and was so so so proud of all of you! Your mom never judged, told it as she saw it, loved the arts/nature/travel/food/wine/ and we were blessed to share it with her. I know she and your dad are looking down on you thinking look what we created...a beautiful family! Love you and will always be in touch.

Penny, Gavin, Ian, Connor & Max

Diane Martin Rudnick

April 18, 2020

Keen became my second mother and welcomed me immediately into the family when I was 9 years old. She, Megan, Peter ,Brian and Eiffel accepted me, quirks and all, and I enjoyed hours and days with them. She was a loving and artistic mother and wife.
Keen was always the first to volunteer with Girl Scouts, encouraged me to sing (and later, to write and take voice and acting lessons) and always said yes to us taking out the canoe on Lake Lipsey.
Speaking of, she was an environmentalist and advocate,and gardner, and feminist ahead of her time.
She welcomed my children as her own grandchildren.
Keen remains the most genuine and down to earth person that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Her chicken concerts are legendary.
Aloha, Ciao, dearest, most passionate Keen!
Love,
Diane, Sierra, and Kai

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY