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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Gerald (Gerry) Edward Olson, on Friday Oct. 3, 2008 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 64.

Born July 5, 1944 in Emo, Ont., Gerry was a dedicated father and grandfather.

Left to mourn are his daughters, Debby Olson of Bergland, Ont., Melanie Olson of Victoria, B.C., and Heather ( Jason) Schram of Stratton, Ont.; brother, Henry (Stella) Olson of Winnipeg, Man.; sister in-law, Netty Olson-Gourlie; grandchildren, Aurora Olson, and Andrea, Brett, Danielle, Romeo, and Jethro Schram; and nieces, Susan Olson, Lisa (J.P.) Condon, and Felicia (Tim) McCallum.

Gerry was predeceased by his son, Allan Edward Olson; parents, Bertil and Lillian Mae Olson; brother, Philip Olson; and infant sister, Gladys.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Bergland Hall in Bergland, Ont., with lay pastor Carolyn Kreger officiating.

Interment will take place in Bergland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ben Lindal, Jonny Anderson, Melvin Kallstrom, and Nelson Brown. The honourary pallbearers will be Kenneth (Buddy) Larson, Ronny Olson, Joyce House, Philip Schram, Murray Jewett, and all of his grandchildren.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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What makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,

The faith of a mustard seed,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew his masterpiece was complete,

And so, He called it . . . Dad.

(Author unknown)