Carl M. Olson

    November 15, 1928  -  September 11, 2012

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Southbridge: Carl M. Olson, 83, of Eastford Rd., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 11th, in the Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, after a courageous battle with cancer.
His beloved wife of 45 years, Flora B. (Caves) Olson, died in 1995. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Gilman and her husband Michael of Groveland; two sons, Eric Olson of Southbridge and James Olson and his wife Dawn of Sharpsburg, GA; two brothers, William Olson and his wife Julia of Southbridge and Donald Olson of Southbridge; and a sister, Arlene Small and her husband Wayne of Lakewood, CA. He was also the beloved "Papa" to Matt Gilman of Georgetown, Aaron Gilman of Saugus, Emily Olson, Rebecca Olson, Joshua Olson, Jacob Olson and Julia Olson, all of Sharpsburg, GA. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was born in Norwich, CT, the son of the late Arthur W. and Ruth (Ericson) Olson. Mr. Olson moved to Southbridge as a young child and attended the local elementary schools and was a graduate of Mary E. Wells High School, class of 1946. He also attended Worcester Junior College and the American Institute of Banking.
Mr. Olson was employed by Southbridge Finishing Company from 1946-1948 and Southbridge Savings Bank from 1948 until his retirement in 1993. During his tenure at Southbridge Savings Bank, he served in numerous positions, learning the business from the ground up. He was a clerk, teller, and loan, mortgage and investment officer. In 1955 he became Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer in 1970. In 1982, Mr. Olson became the bank's President, the first officer to hold that title while involved in the day to day operation and management of the firm. At the time of his death he was an honorary Trustee and Director of the bank. Within the community, Mr. Olson was a former member of the Southbridge Rotary Club and former Board member of Harrington Memorial Hospital. He was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Southbridge.
Carl was an avid fisherman and passed that love on to his grandchildren. He had a passion for being at the ocean, often taking trips to Cape Cod or the Rhode Island coast. He loved his country home and enjoyed working around the house and could often be found caring for the yard on his faithful tractor.
His funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 17th, at 10:00am in the Faith Baptist Church, 515 Dennison Dr., Southbridge. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16th, in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, from 2:00 to 5:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Faith Baptist Church, 515 Dennison Dr., Southbridge, MA 01550 or to the Eastford Baptist Church, 133 Union Rd., Eastford, CT 06242.




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Born: November 15, 1928

Place of Birth: Norwich, CT

Death: September 11, 2012

Place of Death: Southbridge, MA


Janet Gilman, Daughter

Eric Olson, Son

James Olson, Son

William Olson, Brother

Donald Olson, Brother

Arlene Small, Sister

Matt Gilman, Grandson

Aaron Gilman, Grandson

Emily Olson, Granddaughter

Rebecca Olson, Granddaughter

Joshua Olson, Grandson

Jacob Olson, Grandson

Julia Olson, Granddaughter


Flora B. Olson, Spouse

Arthur W. Olson, Father

Ruth Olson, Mother


This memorial provided by:
Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home
Southbridge, MA