John Olson “J” of Cochrane, AB passed away August 25, 2022 at the age of 54 years. He is predeceased by his wife Chris; his dad, Harvey and his best pal Taz.
Left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Kaden, Tristan; his mother Joyce Olson (Glen Lien); sister Patti Janzen; brothers, Doug (Karen), Ritchie (Colleen), Bruce; step-daughter Amy (Mike) Moore; numerous aunt’s, uncle’s, nieces, nephews and friends.
“J” attended school in Sedgewick, AB to which he was active in sports. He worked for many farmers in the area. After graduation he went to Edmonton to get his heavy-duty mechanics, but his love was in “trucking”.
Memorial donations in “J’s” memory can be made to S.T.A.R.S. or to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
A graveside service for “J” was held on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Killam Cemetery.
Following the service, lunch for family and friends was held at Joyce and Glen’s farm in Sedgewick 12048 - 444 roadway.
Order of Service
Graveside Service for John Olson
Sunday, November 6th, 2022
Officiant- Susan MacKinnon
Processional- Over the Rainbow
Welcome and opening prayer
Scripture readings – the 23rd psalm (Doug Olson)
Eulogy (Doug Olson)
Special Music – In the Garden
Final Prayer, Poem(Afterglow) and closing
Recessional -Bless the Broken Road
Eulogy for John "J" Arthur Olson
I would like to begin by thanking everyone that is here today for coming out and for those who have sent their condolences.
I can’t believe my little brother is really gone. We have lost someone so special far too soon. John was just a one of a kind and loved by everyone. That live-wire, fun spirit he had was infectious and charmed everyone who he met.
He may have been my younger brother, but I never felt left out by him. In fact, he came with us on a trip and we all had a blast doing different activities in Canmore, and learned a new drink recipe that we tried exclusively one night, not too sure I can remember the final outcome, but a great time was had by all. He always looked up to me, because I was the taller one, ( such a shrimp he was), and that’s why we didn’t always see eye to eye ( ha, ha,ha), but we made the best of it.
I being a hard worker and he , a trucker( lord help us please). He had started out as a heavy duty mechanic and was repairing trucks for the Government and worked repairing oil rig restoration equipment. He tried his hand in Power Engineering, just like I do, but he had just a small problem with seeing certain colors, so he quickly learned to try some other profession. But the road kept calling him to drive, and he finally received his 1st class license to drive and hit the open road driving big trucks.
Family was special to him as he had two sons. They were his pride and joy, as he once told me. John brought the boys to Aunt Dee Dee’s and for a visit as they were so good they got to have some ice cream. Kaden and Tristan had more fun wearing the ice cream than actually eating it. Again it was the Olson way!!
We talked a lot and we grew close as time went on and had a true bond formed. That’s what makes this even more difficult. My brother was one of my best friends. I just have a hard time knowing he’s not with us anymore, but leaves behind a legacy and one that we will keep alive with our memories of him.
The beauty of a memory, is that it’s always there
Like a coin in your pocket, you can take it anywhere.
And when your heart is heavy, and your eyes are filled with tears
You can focus on a memory, and travel through the years.
Your heart can visit happy times, when laughter fills the air
So. As you travel on in life, take comfort as you go.