William F. Olson Jr.

Factoryville, Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 1956 – May 30, 2017 (Age 61)


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William F. Olson Jr., 61, of Factoryville, died May 30 at his home following an illness. Born Feb. 27, 1956, in Scranton, son of the late William and Jeanette (Wilson) Marionni Olson, he received his associate degree in 1977 from Keystone Junior College, a bachelor's degree in biology from...

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The previous unsigned message that begins with "My wife Pat and I...." was posted by Ted Gordon, Southampton, NJ Pine Barrens.

June 15, 2017

My wife Pat and I met Bill in the early 1970s on a Mohawk Canoe Club trip down the Great Egg Harbor River in the NJ Pine Barrens. It was the beginning of a deep friendship nurtured during almost 100 botanical field trips. We were scheduled to get together on a sphagnum mosses field trip in the Pine Barrens this weekend. It will be hard to accept that such occasions will no longer be possible. We loved Bill dearly and will forever cherish his memory.

Bill, someone asked me if I missed you. I didn't answer. I just closed my eyes and walked away, and whispered "so much..."

Bill was the most competent naturalist I ever knew, with enthusiasm for everything from Sphagnum moss(!) to dragonflies. Always a pleasure to spend time in the field with. And to match verbal wits with. We were to got to the NJ Pine Barrens this weekend. I will miss Bill greatly.

Dear Ed,Cheryl. Very sorry to hear of Bills passing. Times like this we remember fondly our neighborhood friends and families. Rest in peace. Robert, Ellen,Cathy,Linda,Michael Altieri

Sorry to hear about Bill's passing. We worked together for 20 years and I considered him a good friend. A number of Bill's friends will be purchasing a memorial bench with plaque in his name at the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Ray Walker

Bill and I go back almost 40 years, to those good-old-days at PEEC, where he taught me nearly all I know about ferns and mosses. That's was Bill's hallmark gift sharing his limitless enthusiasm for the natural world.
Bill and I had our share of memorable adventures over the years. A few that come to mind:
6 days and nights on Okeefenokee Swamp, communing with the gators;
canoe trips down most of the pinelands rivers of south Jersey, including one ill-fated paddle down the...