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Born: Dec 31, 1931

Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2020

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December 31, 1931 - July 28, 2020

On July 28, in the presence of family, Nelson passed away peacefully at the personal care home in MacGregor.
Predeceased by his parents, Iver and Nellie Olson; brothers, Donald and John, and sisters, Gloria and Hope. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Hazel; daughters, Lisa (Bart), and Donalda (Terry); and son Eric (Lori); grandchildren, Joel (Rihana), Jenniece, and Reed; great-grandchild Tyler Jean; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Nelson was born and raised on the family farm outside of MacGregor, MB. As the second youngest of five, he formed a special bond with his little sister Hope, a love for family, and the warmth of the MacGregor community. Dad started working on the family farm "at 16", retiring 60 years later. He loved farm life - lambs in the spring, cattle, pigs and even goats but Dad could always make time to hunt in the fall with his buddies. As a young man, he played hockey and baseball and socialized with both friends and competitors. He loved to sing and waited at many a party for Vivian to start to play. Dad was introduced to the love of his life, Hazel, who shared his passion for people and zest for life. They married in 1960 and together built a life focused on friends, family and community. They were devoted partners and in his final years, Mom visited him daily.
Dad was a natural coach who loved to win. All who played for "Mr. Olson" responded to his careful advice to score a winning goal, steal second base or accept a loss with grace. He loved his players and years later enjoyed meeting them to share a story. Nelson and Hazel were inducted into the Manitoba Ringette Hall of Fame as builders for their work promoting the ringette across the province. Dad was a fierce supporter of his grandchildren and made many trips to Yorkton to watch Joel play soccer, to Jenniece's ringette tournaments and Reed's hockey and lacrosse. He knew just the right thing to say after a game and always embodied sportsmanship and class. Dad cherished every moment with his grandchildren and was eager to hear their latest life decision or share a little laugh.
Dad had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews. Affectionately known as "Uncle Diddy", he loved to tease and always had a story to tell and a twinkle in his eye. He enjoyed their visits to the farm and presence at special family events.
Friends and community counted. Dad was an active Lion's Club member for more than 55 years and embodied the motto "we serve". After moving off the farm, Dad developed close friendships with the neighbours on Park Drive and included them in parties at the house, talking at the kitchen table or a chat in the sunroom.
We are very thankful for the care and compassion shown to Dad at the MacGregor Health Centre and especially for being able to be with him at the end of his life.
A private service will be held with a Celebration of Life to follow.

Generous in spirit and a lover of life,
in our hearts forever, Dad.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing to make a donation may do so to the MacGregor Health Foundation, P.O. Box 250, MacGregor, Manitoba R0H 0R0.

Clarke's Funeral Home,

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • We would like to express our sincere condolences to Hazel and family. Nelson was an integral part of Rick’s sports life in MacGregor and will be fondly remembered. ‘Diddy’ always had a smile on his face and a humorous comment to make - about someone. We have memories of him enjoying the singalongs at the ‘after baseball’ parties at Vivian and Pete’s. - Posted by: Rick and Lynda Palmer (Friends) on: Aug 01, 2020

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