In Memory Of Sullivan, Dr. James


Private visitation

Dr. James (Jim) Duhamel Sullivan, 83, of Montreal, Quebec, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2021, at St. Mary's Hospital Center in Montreal surrounded by his loving family.
He was born to parents James Edward and Sylvia (nee Chenard), on July 20, 1937, in Toronto, Ontario. Jim later moved to Montreal and attended Loyola High School and Loyola College. He graduated with an M.D. from McGill University in 1962 and went on to specialize as an Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Mary's Hospital where he practiced for over 50 years.
He leaves the love of his life Janice (nee Lane), who he married on August 17, 1963. Jim is also survived by sons Chris (Teri Sullivan) and Frank (Anouk Cree) and daughter Melodie (Mike Smith) as well as beloved grandchildren Nick, Caitlin, Alex, Connor, and Charlie. Jim was predeceased by his brothers Jean-Paul (1972) and Dan (2018).
Big Jim, as he was known by his friends, enjoyed early formative years at Loyola High School. He arrived in 1948 hardly speaking any English—undaunted—he persevered. As a man for others, he established, in his mother's name, a bursary for students whose native language was not English. His ongoing contributions to Loyola were recognized in 2008, when he was inducted to the Hall of Merit.
In the mid-seventies, Jim served as president of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and acted as an early pioneer in the space. One of his career highlights was in 1980, when he proudly served the Canadian Olympic Association, and marched with the athletes in Lake Placid as head of the medical team.
His life took on new meaning when he met Janice. As a young nursing student, she spied the handsome medical resident playing tennis below and said to her friends, "I'm going to marry that man!" And so began a love affair that lasted until his last breath. Ever the romantic, Jim showered Janice with poems and cards on every occasion. They shared a love of travel, adventure, and discovery. Together, their constant embrace graced the rivers of the Tatshenshini, the shores of Lake Memphremagog, the valleys of the Serengeti, the beaches of the Caribbean.
As a lifelong golfer and past member of the Royal Montreal Golf Club and at Arundel Golf and Country Club near the family cottage, Jim was always tinkering and perfecting his swing, and only occasionally did his big hands get in the way. In 2004, he completed a lifelong dream of playing overseas with his sons, Chris, and Frank, walking the fairways of iconic Irish links while reconnecting with a heritage that led in 2009 to his contribution in the establishment of the Irish Studies program at Concordia University,
Jim retired from orthopedic surgery after 50 years and took up writing in earnest. Following the advice of friends, he decided to publish a book of short stories, entitled White Coat Whimsy, with hopes to better enlighten his children and grandchildren as to who he was, and what he had seen, more than a simple memoir would.
In his later years he made his home with Janice, his sculptures and family at the lakeside cottage in Barkmere, Québec.
St. Mary's Hospital played a pivotal role in his journey. The land and buildings were his playground, his church, and his canvas. It nurtured his career, introduced him to his wife, birthed his three children and provided the backdrop that shaped his life. The family is forever grateful for the care and compassion shown by the doctors and nurses of the fifth floor.
The visitation on Sunday May 30th from 1-4PM at Kane Fetterly on Decarie Blvd will be private due to current Covid restrictions but a limited number of friends may pre-register by emailing to secure a time. The family kindly requests that donations to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or to Loyola High School Foundation be made in lieu of sending flowers.

Messages for the Family of Sullivan, Dr. James

From: Joyce Johansson and Jen Mutch

Deepest sympathy from the Johansson-Mutch family. A donation will be made to the St Mary’s Hospital orthopaedic foundation in Jim’s memory.
From: Gino Berretta

So so sorry to ear , so many great memories !!! Janice please accept my most deepest profound condolences to you ,Francis . Chris and Melodie !
From: Denyse Lizotte

Dear Frank,

Marc and I are very sorry for your Dad. He was a great man and all your family should be proud of all his accomplishments.

My best regards to your Mom and all your family

Denyse Lizotte
From: Donna Ratte Mertens

From Donna Ratte Mertens

Please accept my sincerest sympathy on this terrible loss.

Dr. Sullivan will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his story telling.

Condolences to the family
From: Barbara Freedman

My sincere condolences to you, Mel, and to the entire family on your loss.
From: Sandra and Jim Fares

Janice, we are feeling for you and thinking of you.
I will miss my painting buddy so much. He was wonderful, funny, gifted. All in all, a pleasure and a privilege to be around,

Our love, Sandra and the other Jim, Fares.
From: Jim Fares

Janice, I am so sorry to hear that Jim is gone. I was delighted to see you both at the vaccination centre in March and had hoped to see him again this summer. I know that you have lots of family and friends around you at this difficult time and I hope that they can help make the pain easier to bear. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Love, Jim and Sandy
From: Peter Skahan and Mary Cullinan

Dear Janice and Family,
So sorry to hear of the recent loss of Jim. Even though it has been many years since we connected, my wife Mary and I wanted to pass on our most sincere condolences. After reading his obituary, we were both struck by how a loving relationship between two people can evolve day after day for 58 years. What a tribute to the institution of marriage! I can only hope that the love that you and your family shared with Jim will sustain you in this period of grief.
From: Michael Lane

Very sorry to hear about Jim`s passing, he was a good Doctor and Father.
My best wishes to Janice, Meoldie, Christpoher and Francis.
Michael Lane.
From: Colleen Fleming

Dear Janice and family,

Bill and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss.

We always so appreciated your hospitality and kindness at Bark Lake. I remember when Jim started to sculpt and the joy this new hobby brought to him. He taught us all through his example how to keep learning and growing as a human beings and we send our thanks.

Deepest Sympathies,
Bill, Colleen and Franco Fleming
From: Larry coughlin

Dear Janice
My deepest sympathies an condolences go out to you an your family
Jim was an amazing an unique individual and the world is an emptier place without him
From: Sue Kennedy

Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at this time. A donation will be made to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation in your father’s memory.

Sue Kennedy and your many friends and colleagues at Camh.
From: Caroline Emblem

Dear Janice,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. My sincere sympathy to all your family.

From: Marlene and George Meaney

Janice and family, George and I were saddened to learn of Jim’s death. Our condolences and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow..
From: Jack Oliver

To Janice and Family Sullivan,
So sorry to hear of the news.
Jim and I first met at St Mary's in 1975, where I was a junior resident. Jim was a great mentor and inspiring teacher. He introduced me to the Canadian Academy of Sport medicine, and we shared many meetings together.
Though geographically far apart in our respective careers, I often thought of him.

Our thoughts are with you.

Jack and Laurie Oliver
From: John brownie

Both Marge and myself are so saddened by Jim's passing .
Please accept our deepest sympathies.

John and Marge Brownie
From: Jacques Langevin & Paule Gauvin

To Frank, Anouk and family

These notes are never easy to write but Paule and I wanted to let you know how sad we were to learn of your Dad's passing. Although there is precious little that friends or acquaintances can do or say to help soften your sorrow, however we want to express to you and your family our sincerest sympathy . Your Dad had a full life but most of all was a prince of a guy, both personally and professionally; anyone who had the pleasure and the good priviledge of knowing him are better off for it. Virtual hugs to you both.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you these days.
Paule et Jacques
From: Ivan Rohan

Dear Janice and family,
I was very saddened to learn about Jim's passing. He was my colleague and mentor at St.mary's hospital. We have done a lot of work together in sport medicine - Sports medicine clinic at St. Mary's, Montreal marathon, Special olympics. We were then involved in teaching at Concordia Exercise Science program. Jim was a pioneer of Sport's Medicine in Canada and he passed his knowledge to many of his colleagues, residents and students.
He was a great doctor and a very nice person, he will be missed.
Our condolences
Ivan and Audrey
From: Deborah Dooley

FROM; Debbie and Aladin Pacha

Dear Janice,

Just learned of your loss of Jim.We are so sorry .Our condolences to you and the family.