Gary L. Olson

gary olson

March 5, 1953 ~ July 5, 2021

Born in: Meriden, Connecticut
Resided in: Southington, Connecticut

Gary L. Olson, husband of the late Linda Crum-Olson, passed away into the arms of his Savior on Monday, July 5, 2021. He was 68. He was born in Meriden on March 5, 1953 to the late Wilbur and June (Moore) Olson. Gary graduated from Platt High School and attended Faith Baptist Church in Southington. He was employed at Yarde Metals for many years as a truck driver, from where he retired. Gary enjoyed being with his family and friends. He had a love for fast cars, bowling, and basketball. He is survived by his brother Don Olson and his wife Beverly; nephew Todd Olson; and niece Melissa (Felix) Miranda and their children Alyssa and Tyler Miranda. He is also survived by several cousins.
Friends are invited to visit with Gary’s family on Friday, July 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in South Norfolk Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institution, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or by going to


Visitation: July 9, 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


Funeral Service: July 9, 2021 1:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451


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  1. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Gary. I remember meeting him for the first time with my Aunt Linda, she was so in love with him and I could see why. He was such a bright light and joy to be around, and his laughter filled the room. I was honored to be part of their wedding, and loved spending time with them and my family sharing stories and laughter. Every year without fail he sent us a holiday card with an update. It was always one of the first cards we received and I looked forward to it. Such a kind and giving person – we will miss him.

  2. Don, Bev. Bill and I are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you at this sad time. Prayers to you and your family.

  3. I didn’t personally know Gary, but my dear friend, Beverly Olson, Gary’s sister-in-law always spoke highly of him. I’m told he was a generous soul even with his Corvette! Why he would tell his brother, Don, sure drive the car while I’m away! I do know that his family loved him very much and were there to help him whenever help was needed. I pray for all his friends and family who will greatly miss him. May our gracious Lord give you all comfort and peace.

  4. Don and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Gary’s Homegoing. May our God of Comfort be with you and the family. Proverbs 10:7a, “The memory of the righteous is blessed.”
    Our love to you,
    Glenn and Sandy

  5. Don & Bev,
    We were so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love & deepest sympathy,
    Harlan & Val

  6. Don, I was saddened to read about Gary’s passing. Please share my condolences with the family. I called Debbie Varney and she is aware. As usual, our conversation went to our upbringing at Calvary Baptist Church (originally Park Avenue when we attended church by City Park). I think the changing of ministers and the politics of the church, long time members ended up moving elsewhere. Those were wonderful years in my youth. During our conversation, we talked about the adults who were helpful in molding our character- the Masons, the Hulls, my parents were involved, your parents I remember well, the Chase family, the Westindorffs to name a few. I found a home church at the Methodist Church on East Main Street across from the town hall. As comfortable as I am at the Methodist church I have fond memories of my church upbringing and the friends I made at Calvary. Too bad we couldn’t have some type of church reunion every other year or something like an all day picnic. Even though Gary is physically gone, he will always be there through life long memories.

  7. So very sorry to here of this just today. Gary was a great person. May we all remember him for his kindness. Always said hello everyday I will not forget.
    Gary & Missy Gagnier

  8. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I have fond memories of going to an Indy car race in the Poconos with him in his white corvette. He even let me drive. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Just learned of Gary’s passing today…….my heart hurts. I met Gary about 40 yrs ago as we worked together at Nyren’s. We kept in touch all these years attending each other’s weddings, my kids birthday parties, Christmas & Birthday cards & we were supposed to meet up for dinner when Covid hit. With my birthday being last Friday 9/10 & no card from ‘my buddy’ I surmised something was wrong. I got up the courage today to research obituaries & there it was. I am deeply saddened that I missed his services. My sincere condolences to his family.

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