With sadness the Olson family announces the passing of Raymond William Olson at Golden Hospital on February 14, 2014 at the age of 94.
Raymond was born on August 5th, 1919 in Cranbrook BC and grew up in the Kootenays during the depression. Except for a brief period in the Army, he worked in the lumber industry as a Millwright and Saw Filer, finally settling in Golden in 1957 where he worked until retirement. With his wife Margaret, whom he met while training in Shilo Manitoba, they raised 5 children in Golden. Ray was very community–minded being a life-time member of the Golden Lions’ Club and Golden Historical Society, an elder in the United Church as well as serving on the School Board. He also gave years of service on the Durand Manor Board and the Hospital Board.
Ray’s life was centered around his family. He never failed to spend his annual holiday camping with the family. His good sense of humour was a natural complement to his story-telling. He was soft-spoken, generous and loved by everyone who knew him.
Raymond is survived by sister Muriel Lotosky of Golden and Margaret, his wife of 67 years. Also surviving are five children — Martin Olson (Norene) of Golden, Bonnie Johnston (Mark) of Kamloops, Ken Olson (Britt) of Golden, Marilyn Olson of Golden, Carl Olson of Kelowna, and a special niece, Heather Roe of Calgary. The extended family also includes 6 grandchildren. He was predeceased by two daughters, Karen and a baby girl.
A funeral service was held from St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday, February 21st, 2014 with Reverend Judith Hardcastle officiating. Interment followed in the Golden Community Cemetery.
No flowers by request. If friends so wish they may make a donation in Ray’s name to the St. Andrews’ United Church Memorial Fund (Box 1290, Golden, VOA 1H0) or the Golden Museum Memorial Fund (Box 992, Golden, VOA 1H0).
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting Ray’s obituary notice at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, B.C.