Harold Lee Olby

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RAVENA Harold Lee Olby, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2003 at St. Peter's Hospital with his loving family beside him. For five years, Lee fought a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. He was one day shy of his 58th birthday. Born in Albany, N.Y. in 1945, Lee was the son of the late Henry Olby and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Vigars of Colonie. He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Carol Irwin Olby; a loving and devoted father to his children, Brian Olby (Noelle) of Port Charlotte, Fla., Kristen Olby of Albany and Aleisha Olby of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; brother of Victoria Doyle (Michael) of Rochester; brother-in-law of Winthrop and Christine Irwin of Coeymans; uncle to Patrick and Bridget Doyle as well as Stacy Irwin and Erin Irwin Cunningham. A 1963 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Lee went on to earn a degree in electrical engineering from Hudson Valley Community College. In 1966, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy Seabees and served in the Vietnam War for two years. An avid bowler, Lee built and opened Ravena Lanes in 1976 and it continues to operate today. Lee was always involved in town politics, serving on the Village of Ravena planning and zoning boards. He was also active in the Business Association of Ravena-Coeymans. In his spare time, Lee enjoyed golfing and vacationing with his wife in Florida. Lee will be remembered for his strong work ethic, quick wit and determined spirit. His family and friends fondly recall all the laughs they shared with Lee, he will be missed by many. Funeral services will be held 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, December 2 at Grace United Methodist Church, Ravena. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, Coeymans. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Tuesday preceding the service from 10-12. Contributions, in memory of Lee, may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 111 Broadway, 19th floor, New York, NY 10006.

Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 1, 2003
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