John F. Olson
1935 - 2018
BORN
1935
DIED
2018
FUNERAL HOME
Robinson, Wright & Weymer
34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT
John F. Olson, 83, life-long resident of Deep River, passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Born on May 16, 1935, to proud parents Edwin Olson and Dorothy (Hamilton) Olson in Deep River CT. John is survived by his beloved wife Elinor Jane (LaFluer) Olson, who he shared 56 years of marriage. He graduated from Valley Regional High School in 1953, later earning his bachelor degree in engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He went on to become the first full-time employee and eventually the CEO and President of Whelen Engineering Company which has two locations one in Chester, CT and the other Charlestown, NH. It was started in a garage and with his passion, skill, motivation and drive which led the company to become a dominate force and industry leader in emergency lighting. John played an active role in the community as a volunteer firefighter, philanthropist, ambulance member, and served on many commissions and boards. He is survived by his two sons, James Olson and his wife Kim Olson of Deep River and Andrew Olson and his wife Heather Olson of Deep River. John also leaves behind his bother Edwin (Ned) Olson and wife Joann of Wallingford as well as several nieces and nephews. John is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Alex Olson and his wife Caroline, Nicholas Olson, Mia Olson, Shelby Olson, Thomas Olson, and Brian and Meagan Sticht. John leaves behind his dearly loved great grandchild Theodore John Olson to whom he cherished endlessly and another future great grandson on the way. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 11AM at the Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the Deep River Fire Department, 57 Union Street or the Deep River Ambulance, P.O Box 274, Deep River, CT., 06417. To share a memory of John, or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook, Connecticut.
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Published by Hartford Courant from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2018.
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In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Sue Ziobron
Friend
July 31, 2020
You are still greatly missed John but I hang onto the cherished memories we had throughout the years. You are never
forgotten. Rest in Peace.
Suzanne Ziobron
Friend
August 1, 2019
Stefan A. Golec
Friend
August 1, 2019
John F. Olson
May 16,1935 - August 2,2018

Guardian Angel Clarence: [to George Bailey] ( from It's a Wonderful Life )

Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?


Looking back with memories, Upon the path you trod, We bless the times we had with you, And leave the rest to God.
Stefan A. Golec
Friend
July 31, 2019
Dear Jane, Jimmy and Andy, i was so sorry to hear this news. John, and all of you, were so much a part of my youth. John was a kind and passionate man. He showed me what hard work looked like, as well as how to share the joy and connect with a community of friends. I will remember his laugh, his intensity, his generosity, his kindness. I have no doubt he influenced my life choices as an entrepreneur, parent and community leader. Thank you for sharing a bit of him with me and for your families friendship with mine. Sending love and prayers to all of you. Jayne Turner Battey
Jayne Battey
August 25, 2018
What a great friend,. We will never forget his and his family's kindness towards our family. And, we will miss knowing he is on the hill. Deep River is forever changed,
Samuel and Deborah Shaw
Friend
August 8, 2018
a loved one
August 8, 2018
RIP Uncle John. Our condolences to Aunt Jane, Jim, Andy and their Families. Proud to have you as an Uncle!
Dan & Kim Olson
August 8, 2018
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
August 8, 2018
It was an honor and privilege to be able to work with Mr. Olson in the Charlestown plant. In my twenty years at Whelen, I never knew of anyone who would not give a 110% effort on a JFO request. He had a very special way of getting people motivated. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
Mary Chamberlain
August 8, 2018
My Condolences to the OLSON Family.
Charlie Michalides
August 8, 2018
Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
JILL SPAIN
Friend
August 8, 2018
Jean gallagher
August 7, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Peggy Laramie
August 7, 2018
a loved one
August 7, 2018
I work at Whelen and I have to say he helped mold a wonderful company. I will miss his wit at our meetings. My condolences to everyone.
Samantha Ransom
Coworker
August 6, 2018
Deepest condolences to the family and friends during this most difficult time There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone so beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory. Psalms 116:15
August 6, 2018
Jane - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family
Charlie and Sandy Andrus
August 6, 2018
Jane,Jim, Andy and family..I have so many wonderful memories of John. He was a amazing person. Thoughtful, Kind and Caring. He will be dearly missed by all he has touched in his lifetime. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Denise CUTLER
August 6, 2018
Our sympathies to the Olson family.
Curt and Sue Doerrer
August 6, 2018
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to John's family. He will be missed but his legacy will endure.
Richard & Lois Geer
August 5, 2018
Our prayers go out to you at this time for peace, comfort and understanding, what a great man and an awesome boss.
Jim and Yvonne and family Dudley
August 5, 2018
a loved one
August 5, 2018
My deepest sympathy to all of John's family.
He was a kind, caring and loving person and
was such a wonderful friend to me and my
family. He will be so greatly missed.
SUE Ziobron
August 5, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sue Ziobron
Friend
August 5, 2018
My deepest sympathy to all John's family.
He was a kind and caring person to myself and family and we
loved him dearly. He will so deeply missed.
Sue Ziobron
August 5, 2018
AJ Morganelli
August 5, 2018
Stefan A. Golec
August 5, 2018
Jane -- we are thinking of you and your entire family
Charlie and Sandy Andrus
August 5, 2018
Jane, Jim, Andy, my heartfelt condolences to you and your families. My life, my family and my employees' lives are a better place because of John. He was a kind and understanding person who was always available to help. As days pass I hope your sadness turns into the joy of knowing how much this man did for so many people. John will surely be missed but the things he built and helped build will live on. Rest in Peace John and God Bless.
Mike Weber AV-Tech Electronics
August 5, 2018
John's a man of integrity and stature and I remember fondly the conversations we had both at Whelen and outside of Whelen.

The inventiveness,creativity, imagination,initiative and vision will be missed by all that knew him.

John came from a time when a person stood for something and is characterized by this originality.


May God Bless him and his family!
Stefan A. Golec
August 5, 2018
Peace
Jan & Bruce Edgerton
August 5, 2018
RIP papa. You will be missed more then I can say. My heart aches
Kim Olson
Family
August 5, 2018
John thank you for all your contributions,knowledge to my hometown and to many others and people abroad. Your a great man and may you rest in peace. You will be missed dearly.
Michael Annunziata
August 4, 2018
Rest in peace Mr. Olson. He will be missed by many. Prayers for the family...
August 4, 2018
Robert and Charlotte Young
August 4, 2018
Alley Vile
August 4, 2018
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