Mervin "Merv" Olson
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1956 - 2013
It is with great sadness that Mervin's family announces his passing on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, SK., at the age of 56 years. Merv was born at St. Paul's hospital on December 8th, 1956 to Jack and Eileen Olson. He started elementary school at Henry Kelsey School and later moved to King Edward School to participate in their ACTEL program. In his high school years, he was a proud member of the Reach For The Top team at Mount Royal Collegiate and graduated in 1974. Merv was enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in the Education program and also served as President of the Students' Union. In 1978 he met and married Louise Ruston and the following year they welcomed daughter Sarah. In 1982 their son Mitchell was born and the family moved to Winnipeg a year later. In 1984 they welcomed a second daughter, Melissa. Merv was a hard worker and had a long career with Karcher Canada. He was a sales leader and received many awards for his service, including chances to travel to Europe and visit company headquarters in Germany. Karcher valued Merv's contributions to the company and have established an annual award in his name. In 2010, Merv jumped at the chance to volunteer for the Vancouver Olympics. This was one of his proudest achievements and he loved to share stories of his experiences there. Merv was a lifelong superfan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and even became a Rider owner. He loved to show off his Owner's Grey Cup ring and never hesitated to offer his coaching opinions to the television. Merv loved history, he was an avid reader and had a passion for music. Merv will be loved and greatly missed by all that knew him. He is lovingly remembered by his parents Jack and Eileen, his children Sarah, Mitchell and Melissa (Mike), his brother Alvin (Nancy), nieces Caval (Alan) and Katrina (Jeremy), sister Laura (Trevor), and brother Sheldon (Mandy), numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many wonderful friends. Merv was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Simon and Agnes Simonson, paternal grandparents John and Mary Olson, as well as granddaughters Olivia and Logan. A celebration of Merv's life will take place at the Saskatoon Funeral Home (338 - 4th Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK.) on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Merv's ashes will be placed in the Columbarium at St. John's Cathedral at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you to make a contribution in Merv's name to the Canadian Cancer Society or a cancer charity of your choice. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at The Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and St. Paul's Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Saskatoon Funeral Home (306-244-5577).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2013