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Lawrence Flash Olson

October 4, 1934 - February 22, 2022

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Lawrence (Flash) Olson

October 4, 1934 – February 22, 2022

 

Flash passed away peacefully in Kaslo, B.C. on February 22, 2022, with his wife at his side. He was 87 years old.  Flash was born in Rossland B.C. to Betty and Carl Olson on October 4, 1934.  He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Carl (Frisky) Olson and his sister-in-law, Gail Hartland.  The family returned to the family home in Ainsworth, B. C. when he was six years old, where he grew up living by Kootenay Lake.

 

Flash will be lovingly remembered by his large family including Darleen, his wife of 64 years and their four children: Susan, Lil (Rob), Carl (Barb) and Larry (Carmen), 11 grandchildren: Jesse (Usha), Annah, Jonah, Amanda (Dave), Erin (Scott), Nick (Dez), Micaela , Cam, Leslee (Ryan), Kailee (Brett), and James, 8 great-grandchildren: Quinn, Emma, Griffin, Kale, Kaliya, Taiya, Kinsley and Paisley: his nephew, Brad Hartland and family, and niece, Shellee (Vince) Devito and family, as well as many cousins and friends.

 

Flash worked in the mining and construction industries most of his life.  The family moved to Hope, B.C. in 1961, returning to make their home in Kaslo, B. C. in 1965.  He was a lifetime member of the Kinsmen Club of Kaslo and had many fond memories of the friends he made through it.  Flash enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting and spending time at his beach property south of Ainsworth.  Also curling, golf and lapidary were favourites of his.  Flash and Darleen spent many years going south for much of the winter.

 

Flash’s wishes were to be cremated and interred with his parents and grandparents in the Olson plot in the Ainsworth Cemetery, which the family plans to do this summer.

 

A sincere thank you to Dr. Shier and all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Kaslo Emergency and Palliative Care Facility in Kaslo for the wonderful care he received there.  Words cannot express their kindness to the family as well.

 

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From: Joe Hawes
Relation: Fellow Ainsworthian.

I’ll always remember when he was down on his lot below the highway in Ainsworth digging a drainage ditch along the back and down the north side. I’d go down to see him and he’d stop and talk about the old times in Ainsworth.
I also enjoyed playing golf with him. He was a hard man to beat on the golf course – he didn’t hit far, but he hit accurate.
Judy and I will really miss him.

From: Jeanne McCartney
Relation: Friends since we were teenagers

Flash was always the happy energetic teenager as I remember him in the 50’s. In later years we shared good times with he and Darlene both at Meadow creek or camping. Norm and I have always been happy when Darlene and Flash visited us at our home in Lone Butte. Phone calls have kept us connected during Covid. He will be missed by all his friends and our condolences to his loving wife and family. Jeanne Pangburn, Halleran McCartney

From: Melissa K Soligo
Relation: cousin

Darleen and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Flash. thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers!!

From: James W Ling
Relation: From my cousin, Judy Vickers

Darleen and family:
My wife and I are so sad about your loss of Flash. After a couple of weeks reminiscing about Flash, I remember how much of a gentleman he was and how he always treated me with kindness and respect. Unlike my older brothers who, at times, thought of me as a “snot-nosed kid”. Although I am 10 years his junior he included me in conversations and family activities.
My family spent many summers in Ainsworth fishing on or around Mile Point. His mother, Dib, actually taught me to swim at the Ainsworth pool she managed.
Your loss is also the loss to anyone who ever met Flash.
Jim and Chris Ling

From: John Morrow
Relation: Friend and fellow Kinsman

Darleen, I am saddened to hear of Flash’s passing. I remember Flash and I sitting in his Jeep at the top of a mountain in the east Kootenay waiting for a big bull elk to walk by. About fifty cow elk passed by us in the fog but no bulls. All of a sudden Flash stiffened up and said “Whoa, something coming from behind”. Turned out to be two guys on horseback, one a guide and the other John Wayne. We had a good laugh after they departed, sitting there in our warm jeep drinking hot coffee from a thermos. And the old bottle (Scotch I think) that we found in an old abandoned mine site. He dropped it on the rocks going down the hill and it bounced down about twenty feet and good as new. He had it on the mantle at home a few months and one day picked it up to show some one, dropped it on the rug where it broke into a hundred pieces. Flash and you were great friends the ten years I lived in Kaslo so many years ago.

From: Deb Borsos
Relation: healthcare provider.

Flash was someone who could always make me smile when I saw him. His lovely smile and great attitude always made my day, when we had our “5 minute speed visits”. I’m so sorry for your loss Darlene and family. It was a priviledge to have had gotten to know him, if only a little.

From: Ken Vickers

To the Olson family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Flash. I’m sure he will be deeply missed. Our deepest sympathy.

Love, Ken, Lori, Martin, and Elyse Vickers

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