It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of Hugh Olson on November17, 2020.
Hugh Andrew Olson was born July 22, 1936 in the sanatorium at Fort San, Sask. to Andrew and Hannah (Jonsson) Olson. Shortly after his birth his Mother passed away from tuberculosis and he spent time with his Aunt and Uncle before returning to the family farm where he was raised by his Father and two older sisters.
He attended Scandia School and helped on the family farm in his younger years. He then worked doing house construction in Regina, building elevators throughout Saskatchewan, mine construction, Department of Highways and was caretaker of the Whitewood curling rink.
On November 14, 1964 he married his soul mate Josephine Parker from Broadview. Together they bought the farm south of Stockholm on which they raised the 3 boys. The mixed farm of grain and livestock consisted mainly of sheep. People would ask him how many sheep he had to which he would respond that he wasn’t sure because when he tried to count them, he would fall asleep.
In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball, curling and was a goalie for the Stockholm Huskies. He spent many hours serving the community on the rink board, calling bingo and especially in the winter coaching his boy’s hockey teams. He took great pride in his Penny Farthing bike which he rode in the yearly parade. He enjoyed a good game of cards with either family or friends. He had a huge passion for ice fishing and summers at the family cabin most often at the helm of the BBQ. He spent many hours on the dance floor with Josephine at the Westend club dances at the lake and they enjoyed many winter days cheering on their favorite teams during curling season. Family was very important to Hugh spending time with the boys and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Hannah Olson, wife Josephine and infant daughter Katherine, father-in-law and mother-in -law Joseph and Kathleen Parker, sister Pearl Nelson and brothers-in-law Arnold Koolloos, Donald McAlpine, Gordon Nelson and Orville Paulson.
He is survived by his sons, Kevin and wife Kendra, Brian and wife Lynn, Garry and wife Donna, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, sister Edna Paulson, sister-in-law Pearl Koolloos and many nieces and nephews to whom he was well known as Uncle Huffie.
He was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was admired and loved by many and was always willing to help a friend or a stranger and will be dearly missed but forever remembered.
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