Christopher Eric Olson, 23, son of Karl and Nancy Collett Olson of 585 West Todd St., Hamden, passed away suddenly November 21, 2004 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Brother of Russell A. Olson of Hamden. Grandson of the late Eric & Ellen Olson and James & Lois Collett. Chris was born in New Haven, November 21, 1981 and completed Notre Dame High School of West Haven in 2000 and had attended the University of New Haven. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop #604 of Hamden and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Chris was a member of several Native American dance and drum groups; the Quinnipiac Dancers, Red Tail Dancers and the Iron Hawk Singers. He was employed at the Howard Paving Co. for several years before recently working at the Sweeney Excavating Co. Funeral service will be held Saturday, November 27 at 10 a.m. in the Mount Carmel Congregational Church, 3284 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may call at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Friday, November 26 from 4-8 p.m. Burial in Centerville Cemetery. Since Chris held the plight of the American Indian as an issue close to his heart, memorial contributions may be sent to: Running Strong for American Indian Youth, 2550 Huntington Avenue Suite #200, Alexandria, VA 22303-1499.

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  1. Chris taught me so much in the 4 years that I knew him. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  2. Chris was a very special friend to me. He was an awesome person and I\’m going to miss him very much. I only knew him for a short time but I have a lot of fond memories of Chris. I will always remember how he offered to take me to my prom but when he found out that he couldn\’t go, he offered for Russell to go with me. He was always the type of person to help someone out. Chris will always be in my heart and in my prayers and I will always miss him. I am so sorry for your loss, Chris was a great person and a wonderful friend. Lindsey

  3. Chris was sucha good kid..i think everyone i knew loved him. Always making people smile! My prayers are with him and his family. God Bless him. xxxooo -Sara- xxxooo

  4. First I just wanna say how sorry i am to chris\’s family. He was such a good kid and he did whatever he could for anyone. I still remember the day me n my friend didn\’t have a ride homme from school, and although he was busy he went out of his way to pick us up and drive us home, I love him to death and I was happy that me and him became friends. Although we werent really close, I still consider him one of the best friends i ever had, he always made me smile and laugh. I will miss him, but he will be in my heart forever! i love you chris!!!!!

  5. I am so sorry that your beloved Christopher left this life at a blooming time in his life. I can relate to you because my son attends Notre Dame and is a Boys Scouts, too. It could have been my son. Your hearts are broken… May our Lord Jesus Christ bring Christopher to eternal peace and those he left behind consolement that only Almight God can give. I will pray for Christopher and those he left behind.

  6. I didn\’t know Chris as much as everyone else probably did, but I did dance with him for about 3 years at only a couple of powwows. He was an awesome person. I will keep him and his family in my prayers!

  7. I don\’t think there are enough words to write to how missed Chris will be in our tipi circle. Please know that he spent his days dancing and singing with those who he cared about and who cared about him..he left us all at camp that morning smiling about what a great weekend he had…and couldn\’t wait to see us all again. Our Crew will always remember all that Chris had done for us…he was by far one of the kindest, most giving people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing…rest in peace.

  8. I have so many memories in the short time that I knew him. Chris was my big bro, even if it wasn\’t by blood. But we\’ve come to know that doesn\’t mean much. He was so self-less and a good kid in everything that mattered. He taught me so much, and wanted little in return. It\’s been so hard for me to put my feelings into words, and complete this, but that is because Chris\’s teachings haven\’t ended. He is always in our hearts, and will influence us throughout our lives. You are a great friend, RIP Chris

  9. I know that I had wrote already and all but I just wanted to let the family know how sorry I am. Me and Chris had so many memories togeather sence the funeral sitting through it seeing the family how hurt and lost they felt just made me realize .U dont know what u have until its gone.. With chris he touched everybody in a special way even if all we have are memories chris is still with each and everyone of us. I still remember when me and chris and 2 of our friends went snow mobeling it was the best time of my life it was so fun and I know I will never forget those times we had with Chris.He was a person that went out of his way for anybody and everbody he helped me get through alot of tough times in my life and he will always be remembered and kept somewhere special in my memories. I Miss You So Much Chris Ur In my heart —- Friends Forever Chris!!!

  10. I was so saddened to hear that happened to Chris. I knew Chris through some friends of mine. He was a great kid. Always wanted to help out when he could. He will be missed.

  11. I worked with Chris for a while at tgifriday\’s in orange. I will always remember him as being a very nice young man and hard worker. My condolence go out to Chris\’s family. God bless. Jessica Grigas

  12. I\’d like to start off by saying how sorry I am to Chris\’ parents, brother, and the rest of his family. I know this is a hard time for you. Chris was a friend of mine with a big heart and constant smile that was just contagious! Any and everytime he walked into a room, he\’d put you in a good mood! I know this because Chris used to visit me at my job which got stressful at times, but as I said, when he walked in, you had to smile and feel less stressed. I read from another entry how he went out of his way to give someone a ride and yes, thats the kind of person he was. Always willing to help out a friend. You don\’t come across people like him everyday-he\’s an angel in many people\’s hearts! We\’re all lucky to have known such a kind soul. Finally, to Chris, just know that you are loved, missed, and will never be forgotten, its a promise…

  13. It shines so bright up in the heavenly night sky, but I bet you can never guess why? It\’s because my friend went up there when he said goodbye. R.I.P Chris u wont ever be forgotten good times are forever kept close to my heart!

  14. Its been a year, and since I first found of Chris’ passing there has NOT been a day I haven’t thought of Russ and Karl and Nancy….and Chris. I suggested your name before you were born and I had the gift, the honor of being your Aunt and Godmother. Despite the appearence that I left your life Chris….I never did in my heart, just in circumstances. There are things I will never forget that we did together….riding Freckles, Santa’s Village, Sparky,working on the floor at your house, and riding in the car together just you and I. I have and will always love you Chris and if anything positive can come of this horrendous accident and terrible waste it is that even in you life after, you are with people who love you just as much as those you had to leave because God wanted you Ilove you Aunt Deb

  15. It’s scary to realize how fast time goes by. It seems like only yesterday i was hanging out with chris like normal and now it has been two years. I loved him very much and still do I hope that he knows that there are still people who think about him day after day. You will always be loved

  16. sorry to hear of this mishappend,your in the fondest place ever now. good times chirs. My condolence go out to Chris\’s family

  17. This letter is very hard and sudden to write when i had found out today about chris\’s sudden accident it tore me apart me and chris were close friends and he was such a wonderful bright person he always had that special smile on his face he was a great person and be is going to be missed my many i just still cant get over this all but he is in a special place right now and hes safe thats what counts i never really got to meet chris\’s parents and brother but he always said they were his life and i am so sorry to his family i mean i seen pictures thats all but he loved them so much he loved life but things happen for a reason and i am so sorry to chris and his family. Thank You, Chris You Will Always Be In My Thoughts And Prayers I Know You Are Watching Over Us…… Love Always, Liz Regan

  18. We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Eric Olson. A contribution will be made to help support the work of Brother David at the Native American School in South Dakota, in memory of Eric. We too, in our own way help to support the American Indian Youth. May God Bless.

  19. We were sorry to hear of Chistopher\’s tragic accident.It has been a difficult year for you; our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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