NEWTON, NH — Carl S. Olson, 79, of Newton, N.H., passed away peacefully on June 10, 2018, after a long battle with COPD. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Newton.
Carl was born on July 29, 1938, in Boston to Hilmer and Inez (Hedin) Olson, immigrants from Sweden. Raised on a chicken farm in Burlington, Mass. he was no stranger to hard work. He was a graduate of Burlington High School, Class of 1957, where he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. He later raised his young family in Wilmington, Mass.
Carl was well-known in the Boston area. He devoted much of his life to building multiple businesses in the automotive industry, owning two service stations in Cambridge for over 40 years. In the late 1970s, he worked hard to form a group to represent the independent gasoline dealers of Massachusetts, and ultimately became the president of Bay State Gasoline Dealers Association for several years.
At the age of 43, he was showcased in Service Station Management Magazine for going up against big oil companies. He worked closely with Speaker Tip O’Neill to pass legislation in Washington, D.C., that would help give independent dealers more control.
Carl was very proud of his Swedish heritage and traveled to Sweden several times to connect with relatives. He prided himself on being a Master Mason for nearly 50 years. He spent much of his free time at his home in Newton on Country Pond, where he loved to water ski, boat and fish.
In 1978, he beat the record for the heaviest tuna caught in Gloucester, Mass., and held the record for many years. The tuna weighed in at 1,025 pounds and was caught off the coast of Cape Ann aboard The Lagosta. He also enjoyed skiing and was a member of the Skidaddlers Ski Club in Bartlett, N.H., for many years.
Later in life, he spent much of his time raising his daughter, Karli, in the Mount Washington Valley. Carl loved to race anything that went fast, cars, snowmobiles, boats, you name it. He had a huge love for animals, especially dogs. He was also very passionate about music and loved to sing and dance.
Carl is survived by his daughter Deborah (Olson) Colt and husband Torsten of Hartland, Vt.; daughter, Bonnie Olson and partner, Kenneth Harriman of Manchester, N.H.; daughter, Karli Olson and fiancé, Joshua Butters of Madison, N.H.; brother, John Olson of Stoneham, Mass.; sister, Carol Donovan of Bonita Springs, Fla.; granddaughters, Katherine and Samantha Colt of Hartland, Vt.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends that he considered family.
A memorial service and celebration of life was held on Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. at Carl’s camp for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the NHSPCA or the American Lung Association.
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