Eric “Rick” Thomas Olsen

September 16, 1942 – April 1, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rick on April 1.
Predeceased by his parents, Ivan and Elinor Olsen, and by his son Robert.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years and love of his life Janis, his daughter Katherine (Michael) of Athabasca, AB, his son Carl (Dana) of Salmon Arm, BC, his daughter Lisa of Chilliwack, BC, and his sister Judi (David) of Nanaimo, BC. Also grandchildren Megan, Gary, Caitlyn, Casper and Angela and great-grandchildren Delilah, Kade and Westyn.
Born in Vancouver and raised on Denman island where his father was ferry captain, Rick was anxious to get out in the world, so at the tender age of 16 he joined the Canadian Army as a boy soldier. 20 years later and many postings and tours around the world including Egypt and Germany, Rick retired from the military and started his new life with Janis. Now a family of 6, they moved to Fort McMurray where he worked at Syncrude for 10 years before moving back to their home in Rosedale, BC.
Rick was never one to stay in one spot for too long, and after another move to Sardis and working in Public Service for a few years, they moved back to Alberta to a beautiful acreage in Ponoka. Driving big rigs was always a passion of his and he kept busy transporting grain, milk, fuel and new vehicles to dealerships when he wasn’t driving the ice roads up north during the winters. A few years later, and another move back to Chilliwack, Rick and Janis built their last home on the same street that they met.
Another passion of his was rebuilding old cars, and together he and Janis spent many summers touring the western provinces and states travelling and showing his latest pride and joy at local car shows… always a great time with wonderful friends.
Rick made friends wherever he went, and was a friend of Bill W. for 51 years.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at CGH with special thanks to Dr. Hirst, Dr. Ballard and Dr. Nyirenda.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Love doesn’t end with dying
Or leave with the last breath
For someone you’ve loved deeply
Love doesn’t end with death. – John Addey

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