Obituary, Edward Olson

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Edward Olson “Ed”, 73, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2022.  He leaves behind his devoted wife, Laurie Medick Olson; whom he married on October 8, 2005; 4 children, Tim Olson of Clinton Corners and his wife Amanda Friedrich, Amy Pedrero of Campbell Hall and her husband Louis and their children Clara, Schuyler and Eliana, Jennifer Strang of Pleasant Valley and her husband Allen and their daughter Annmarie and Jason Seaman of Beacon Falls, CT and his wife Alysia and their children Julia, Victoria, and David.  He was predeceased by his parents Oscar Olson & Shirley Zwirz, and his brother John Olson.  He was a wonderful husband, amazing father and awesome “Poppy” to his 7 grandchildren.

Ed was born on July 10, 1948 and grew up on his family farm in Salt Point, where he lived and worked his entire life.  Ed was the third generation to operate the farm, which now raises Black Angus cattle.  He graduated from Millbrook High School in 1966 and thereafter, held a variety of occupations.  He worked as a mechanic at various car dealerships as well as working at the Highway Department for the Town of Washington and then the Town of Union Vale.  Following his “retirement”, he delivered milk for Hudson Valley Fresh.  His love of family, farming and his community, as well as the commitment to all three is readily apparent.

Ed has been dedicated to the development of young men through the Boy Scouts of America program in Millbrook for 39 years.  This dedication will transcend the accolades and awards he has received in recognition of his service including the District Service Award, Scout Master Award of Merit, Vigil Honor from the Order of the Arrow Nacha Nimat Lodge #86 and the American Legion Scout Service Medal.  Rather, his dedication and accomplishments are best exemplified by the 64 young men that have become Eagle Scouts under his tutelage.

He participated in the Wood Badge Scout Master Leadership program, in the “Fox Patrol”.  As part of the Order of the Arrow, he was given the Indian name Woakus, meaning Gray Fox, hence the origin of his love for foxes.

Perhaps one of Ed’s greatest commitments was almost 54 years of dedicated service to the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.  In his years of service, he held a variety of positions, including President, Vice President and Safety Officer.  He was the active President at the time of his passing.

Though modest about his achievements, Ed has been well recognized for his unselfish service to others.  Such recognitions, beyond scouting include the Betty White Community Service award from the Millbrook Rotary Club.  He also has been the CVFD Firefighter of the Year and recipient of their Poppa John award. Ed has served as Trustee of the Lyall Memorial Federated Church and was a member of the Washington Hollow Cemetery Association.

In a period of time when volunteerism seems to be fading, Ed has demonstrated the need for such service.  He exemplified what it means to be a community servant and has enhanced the lives of countless people by his commitments and actions.

Anyone close to him knew he had his own way doing things, “The Olson Way”.  His sense of humor and accident-prone nature will forever entertain those close to him with memories.  For those invested, you may want to sell your shares in Heinz, as the world’s largest consumer of ketchup has passed on.

Calling hours will be held for Ed on Saturday February 19th, 2-6pm at the East Clinton Firehouse, 9 Firehouse Ln, Clinton Corners, NY.  Parking will be at the Evangelical Free Church, 2450 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, NY.  A shuttle will be provided from the church to the firehouse.  A Firemen’s Service will be held at 5pm during the calling hours.  Services will be held on Sunday February 20, 2022 at Lyall Memorial Federated Church 30 Maple Ave, Millbrook, NY at 1pm.  Reception to follow at the Millbrook Fire House, 20 Front St, Millbrook, NY.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department in Ed’s honor.

Author: Harlem Valley News