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Edward Olchowski

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Edward Carl Olchowski 1952 - 2012 The Olchowski family is mourning the unexpected loss of their beloved son, husband, father, and brother, Dr. Edward Carl Olchowski, 59, after a short illness. He was born in Pittsfield on January 19, 1952, the son of the late Edward F. Olchowski, a Pittsfield dentist of many years, and Evelyn Olchowski, currently a Lenox resident. He also is survived by his wife of 38 years, Bonnie Olchowski of Barrington, R.I.; his son, James Olchowski of Northampton, Mass.; his daughter, Sara Cornwall of Sidney, Australia; two sisters, Regina Olchowski of Atlanta, Ga., and Janet Kmetz of Topsfield, Mass.; his brother, Steven Olchowski of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Olchowski graduated from Cranwell Preparatory School as a National Merit Scholar in 1969. At the age of 17, he was accepted to Brown University's 7-year program combining both undergraduate and medical degrees, and completed his studies in 1976. He was a well-respected primary care physician in the Providence area for over 30 years. Ed was an avid skier and loved every opportunity to be out sailing on Narragansett Bay with friends. A passionate comic book aficionado, Ed loved to travel with his son James to "the cultural event of the year" The San Diego Comic-Con. Ed was also a member of The Friends of Egyptology and the Archaeological Institute of America and many other organizations too numerous to mention. Ed's life was enriched by his many friends in Rhode Island. We will greatly miss his love, generosity, wit, intellect, his raucous laugh, and his compassion for his patients. We cherish his beloved memory and ask you who have known him, to keep Ed in your prayers. A memorial service will be planned at a later date to honor and celebrate Ed's "Life, the universe, and everything." (Douglas Adams) In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in his name to Save The Bay, Inc., www.savebay.org; Rhode Island Public Radio, www.wrni.org; or The Archaeological Institute of America, www.archaeological.org.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 19, 2012
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