Barry (Oscar) Olson
It’s with heavy hearts that the family of Oscar sadly announces the sudden passing of Oscar at the age of 71 at his home in Kenora, Ontario. Oscar was born in Rainy River, Ontario, and grew up in Kenora. He attended Central School, King George, and Beaver Brae. He was also a member of the Kenora Armories during his high school years. Oscar played hockey in several local leagues while growing up. As a young man, he left Kenora and worked on the oil rigs in Alberta, only to return to work for Boise Cascade at Camp Robinson. Oscar also worked for Bannister Pipeline, Midland Fruits, and many years for Imperial Oil (Ray Bull). In his later years, he drove truck for L.F. Derouard, ultimately finishing his truck driving career with Pioneer Construction, the job he loved the most, and where he also made many lifelong friends.
Oscar was a guy with many hobbies. Besides golf during his younger years and watching many PGA tournaments on television and in person, he also loved to hunt and fish. One of his great loves was Dryberry Lake, where he guided for Hank and Dab’s camp, spending many hours trout fishing on the lake. Oscar was also an avid Philadelphia Flyers fan, never missing a game. Through his later years, health issues forced him to slow his life down, but he still enjoyed playing lots of cribbage with family and close friends.
Oscar is predeceased by his grandparents, parents, his brother Jerry, and several aunts and uncles. Oscar is survived by eight remaining siblings, Terry (Diane), Dennis (Bernice), Butch (Irene), Michael, Gail (Ralph), Shelley (Gregg), Brian, Joan (Rod), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins, too plentiful to mention.
Oscar’s kind and gentle soul will be missed dearly by all.
Cremation has taken place, but due to COVID-19 there will be no formal service at this time. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Dialysis Unit.