Jeffrey Raymond “Jeff” Olson

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Olson, Jeffrey Raymond “Jeff” – Age 59 of Ship Harbour, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 after battling melanoma. He was born in Winnipeg, MB and moved to Ship Harbour in the mid-1980s with his young family, where he remained ever since.

He was loved by his wife and partner of 41 years, Margaret Ann (Gerrior); daughters, Jennifer (Paul Jennex), Oyster Pond; Jody (Josh) DeBaie, East Jeddore; and Kimberly, St.John’s, NL. He will not be forgotten by his two favourite people, granddaughters, Rory Jennex and Chloe DeBaie. Rory and Chloe will tell his third granddaughter, four-month-old Abigail DeBaie all about Grandpa and his silly ways. He is also survived by his mother, Iris (Jefferies) Olson, Sandy Hook, MB; brother, Rodney (Jackie), Selkirk, MB; and sister, Heather Streilein, Winnipeg, MB. He will be missed by his extended family from Maryvale, NS and Manitoba, as well as several friends he considered family. Elvis and Angus (his furry family) will notice his absence. He was predeceased by his father, Vernon (Sandy Hook); brother, Richard in infancy, and parents-in-law, Theresa and Billy Gerrior (Maryvale).

Jeff was a self-made man, leaving home as a teenager, on a motorcycle with only a backpack, to start his adult life in Edmonton. He was a proud member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local 409. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, being in the woods caring for his 44 acres and pruning the family Christmas trees, puttering in his garage, motorcycles, and deer hunting. His favourite thing to do was spend time in his little gulley in Ship Harbour with his family, over a lovely meal prepared by his wife. He was a fighter, and he fought right till the end.

We would like to thank all of the family, friends, and healthcare workers who have shown us support over the last two years. We would like to recognize Joanne McKee for providing outstanding care to Jeff during his illness, as well as Dr. Alana Cormier, Brett Sinclair, and Tracey Bonang for the exceptional compassion and care that they have provided our husband/father and family during his hospital stay at Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. There will be a gathering on Tuesday, July 30th from 1-3 p.m. in the Ship Harbour Community Hall, 214 West Ship Harbour Rd. Memorial donations may be made to Twin Oaks/The Birches Health Care Charitable Foundation.

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