Edwin L. Olander 1917 - 2008 FLORENCE Edwin L. Olander, 91, of Fox Farms Rd. passed away on Thursday Oct. 9, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass. Past Mayor of Northampton and World War II Ace. He was born in Northampton on March 27, 1917, son of Edwin L. and Irene Godfrey Olander. Ed was raised and educated in Northampton, graduating from Northampton High School in 1934 and from Amherst College in 1938. He wrote for the Springfield Newspapers after college; he then moved to Chicago, working in the railroad industry. He served in the Marine Corp as a First Lieutenant during World War II. He was a fighter Pilot claiming five air victories in the Pacific theater as a member of VMF214, the famous "Black Sheep Squadron". He received numerous decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Mr. Olander remained in close contact with many of his squadron mates and attended several Squadron Reunions. He married Flora R. Remington of Watertown, N.Y. on June 24, 1944. After the war, he moved back to Northampton with his family and served the city for two terms as Mayor. He was a manufacturer's representative and distributor for firms supplying clay brick and masonry products until his retirement in 1991. For many years he was a Director of the former Northampton National Bank, and he was a former trustee of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, serving as President for many years. He was also a past Trustee of the Lilly Library in Florence and a former trustee of Look Park. His wife of 64 years, Flora R. Remington Olander, passed away in April of this year. Mr. Olander leaves his children; Frederick G. Olander and his wife, Karen Wise Olander of Florence, and Wellfleet, Mass., John R. Olander and his wife, Margery Turner, of Richmond, Mass., Holly O. Remington of Guffey, Colo., and Edwin L. Olander Jr. of Florence, Mass. He also leaves two grandchildren; Lt. Colonel Geoffrey R. Olander, of Yuma Ariz., and Jonathan T. Olander of Florence, Mass. as well as five great grandchildren, four nieces and a nephew. Ed was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Raymond Olander. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family will receive friends on Tuesday afternoon at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton from 4 to 7 p.m. for memorial visitation for both Edwin and Flora Olander. The funeral and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family asks that if one wishes donation can be made to Northampton Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 60382, Florence. MA 01062
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 11, 2008