The true essence of a “free spirit”Who instinctively knew how have fun “Sweet Pete”He peacefully left this world on the evening of Thursday, 24 February 2022. Now, in God’s arms, may he be forever free from the ravages that cancer has ravaged his life for the past five+ year. Pete was born in Corpus Christi on March 6, 1959. He was only eleven days away from his 63rd Birthday at the time of Pete’s passing. He spent his final months in loving care of his family, friends and hospice nurses.
His parents, Anne Elizabeth (Timmons) Olson et Gerard Robert, are certain to be his parents. “Daddy O”Olson would have been the first to see him in heaven with his many Irish, Czech and English ancestors. Pete is survived in death by sister Susan Olson Cox (Jerry), brother Eric Gerard Olson (Va. Beach), as well as sister Maryann Olson-Barry of Cary, North Carolina. Six nieces and nephews will miss their fun-loving uncle. “Uncle Pete”Nathan, Natalie and Nicholas (Cox), Kayla (Olson), Kevin (Barry), and Nicholas (Cox). Mary Lou (Rockwell), Olson, and her sons William (Valerie), Thomas (Elizabeth), and Steven (Angela) are also left to cherish his memory.
Pete was the third of three children from a military family. He lived in Texas, California and Rhode Island as a child, before finally settling in Virginia Beach, at the age 12th. Pete attended Kempsville High School and then transferred to Cox High School in 1977. He went on to become an extremely skilled residential trim carpenter. He was able to see and build almost anything using his tools. His greatest achievement was creating curving staircases with complex angles. He loved making Chippendale benches for his family and friends when he had spare time.
Pete’s creativity and artistry were evident in many ways. He enjoyed Halloween more then anyone could imagine. He was a true child at heart. He spent months creating elaborate, huge Halloween costumes that were beyond his imagination. He won First Prizes (and money) in numerous contests near and far, including Florida, New York City, and Florida. He was most excited when he was able compete in a big manner, two years in succession, on the Regis & Kathie Lee television. show.
Pete started surfing the local ocean waves and took up hang-gliding. He ventured from the Outer Banks in North Carolina to the west coast, reaching Torrey Pines. “Best” hang-gliding ever! Another of his many hobbies was flying in his Mitchell Wing ultralight airplane. Pete, following Olson tradition, inherited a love for cars and was a long-standing member of Tidewater MG Classics. He was always focused on the many steps involved with maintaining and restoring his 1976 MGB.
Pete’s unique perspective on the world, his sparkling blue eyes and quick wit set him apart. Friends and family will miss Pete. His family will celebrate his life at a later time. There will also be a private memorial to scatter his ashes at sea as per his request.
In lieu flowers, please consider a donation to the CHKD Lighting the Way Campaign for Mental Health. The family is assisted by Hollomon Brown Funeral Chapel, Great Neck Chapel. Online condolences can be made at:
Published by The Virginian Pilot, Mar. 5 to March. 6, 2022.