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Olmstead, Ronald L.

Ronald Louis Olmstead 
February 4, 1952 – September 22, 2011
Ronald L Olmstead, of Dover and formerly of Westwood,  at home with the Lord,
September 22,2011. He was born and  grew up in Geneva, New York.  Ron was the son of the late Frederick L. and Louise T. ( Varno)  Olmstead. Ron graduated from Hobart and William Smith College and went on to receive his MBA from Cornell University. He was also an extremely successful entrepenuer who founded Olmstead Associates, Inc.  in 1994, which is a leading consultant to the world’s top securities firms. Ron was also a  poet, a musician and an amazing father.
 Beloved husband of Debra A. (Null)  Olmstead; devoted father of Regan, Avery, and Trinity; dear brother of Patricia Wilson, Frederick, Eugene and the late Richard Olmstead; son-in-law of Lynda and the late John Null;  dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin, friend and colleague to many. He will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service and visitation for Ron will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church. 950 East Street, Dedham. MA 02026. Visitation starting at 9:30, memorial service at 11, then lunch served and visit after service. (All at the church).
Another Memorial Service  will be held in Geneva, NY on Monday Oct. 3, 2011, followed by burial at Glenwood Cemetery.  Complete details not arranged at this time.
   Donations in Ron’s memory may be sent: to The Geneva Scholarship Associates,  Alumni House — 615 S. Main St., Geneva, NY 14456 or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Fl., Boston, MA, 02445 , in Ron’s name.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Colleen Mostika
    September 26th, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Ron was such a warm and giving man. He achieved more success than most people ever dream of yet, he remained very down to earth. Everyone loved Ron. He brought out the best in people. He will be greatly missed. We are all so fortunate to have known him.
    Sending Love to Debby, Regan, Avery and Trinity

  2. Richard D Punko
    September 26th, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    My condolences. Ron was a great guy and leaves a legacy for all of us to live up to.

  3. Jill Bolen
    September 27th, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Generous, kind, always ready to laugh, or help. I will carry nothing but rich memories of a lovely human being with me when I think of Ron. I am deeply saddened by his death and offer sincere sympathy to his beloved wife and daughters and his bereft friends.

    For Ron:
    A Parable of Immortality by Henry Van Dyke

    I am standing by the seashore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
    and starts for the blue ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and strength,
    and I stand and watch
    until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
    just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

    Then someone at my side says, ‘There she goes!
    Gone where? Gone from my sight – that is all.

    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
    as she was when she left my side
    and just as able to bear her load of living freight
    to the places of destination.
    Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

    And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
    ‘There she goes! ‘ ,
    there are other eyes watching her coming,
    and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
    ‘Here she comes!’

  4. April Czaplicki
    September 27th, 2011 | 8:49 am

    I am sorry for your family’s loss. I will miss seeing him walking down the Financial District of Boston with a generous smile. He was always warm and welcoming.

  5. ElVera Biedenstein
    September 27th, 2011 | 10:41 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband, Debbie. He was an example to all of us, and I am happy to have known him. You have been blessed with a wonderful family and a mother who is the best. God be with you during this time, and know you have many friends that care for you. El-Vera Biedenstein

  6. Claudia O'Brien and Family
    September 27th, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Dear Debbie , Regan , Avery and Trinity

    We are deeply sorry about the loss of your dear father . We will always remember how generous he had been to me and to our whole family .Ron was such an amazing husband and father ,and so nice to everyone around him . We cherish your friendship and we will pray for you as you get through this difficult time . We love you !
    Yours sincerely ,
    Claudia O’Brien and Family ,
    Andrea Kupski-Keane and Family ,
    Wallace and Rosangela Kupski .

  7. Syd Henning
    September 27th, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Ron was an incredibly intelligent, charismatic, and genuine man. I feel blessed that I was able to work with Olmstead Associates and Ron.

    My condolences to Ron’s family. May your good memories carry you through your grief.

  8. Mike Sigda
    September 27th, 2011 | 9:15 pm

    My experience with Ron, although limited, was very positive. I’m a proud Olmstead alum that enjoyed being part of the Olmstead family. I feel blessed that my life crossed paths with his. My sincere condolences to the Olmstead family and all who knew and loved him.

  9. David Weden
    September 28th, 2011 | 7:23 am

    Ron Olmstead was an extraordinary person, trusted friend, and talented entrepreneur. To Debbie and family, I send my deepest condolences. I will cherish my memories of Ron, especially the kindness he showed me over the past year as I navigated the Boston job market. He had a rare balance of talent, compassion, and spirit.

  10. The Reverend Darryl D. Malden
    September 28th, 2011 | 7:53 am

    Upon reading the news of Ron’s passing my heart felt a tug. I thought why is this so? I have not seen nor spoken to Ron for over ten years. Then I remembered his smile, his generosity,his humility, his kindness, and his love for people. I worked for Ron for about 2-3 years, and without a doubt he helped my career in so many ways. And as I reflect upon his fruitful life, he is helping me in my ministry.

    To the family, God be with you, and grant you the comfort and peace of his spirit. Thank you for sharing Ron with us. And Ron, thanks for everything.

    The Reverend Darryl D. Malden, Pastor
    Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Fall River, MA
    and Family.

  11. Kevin Lash
    September 28th, 2011 | 9:35 am

    I first met Ron at SD Financial as a idealistic 25 year old. He took me under his wing and has been a guiding force in my career for over 20 years. I know for me and countless other folks in this industry we looked up to him. He served as a mentor, friend, cheerleader and even employer when we needed him most. He never refused a request for advice or consul and through inherent decency he achieved success in all aspect of his life. Mostly I always felt Ron embodied what is supposed to be right about being a businessman. He held himself accountable and he watched over and supported those of us lucky enough to have been associated with him. He truly was one of the good guys and to me he is irreplaceable.

  12. Ruth Leo
    September 28th, 2011 | 9:37 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Ronnie’s passing -(We here in Geneva, NY always called him “Ronnie”). He was a special guy who meant a lot to our family – he practically lived at our house as he was my brother John’s best friend and was best man in his wedding. The years have distanced us but Ronnie will always have a special place in our hearts. The last time I saw him was several years ago when he stopped by to visit my dad here in Geneva. Same old Ronnie – down to earth and not to mention handsome as ever! He will be missed!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Laurie & Dan Olliney
    September 28th, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you, your beautiful 3 girls and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May prayers and love of family and friends be with all of you.

  14. Chris Muller
    September 29th, 2011 | 8:21 am

    A long time ago, a mixed pack of Townies and Hobies spent the summer together on South Main Street. Ronnie brought us his cousin Jimmy, his friend John, and a sweet dog named Gulliver. Our side was brought together as Maggie, Harvey, John, Kevin and me. It will always be one of my fondest memories of a simpler life, when friendships were more important than money, and against all expectations, two worlds could be joined together. Without Ron at the core, though, none of it would have ever happened. He was the joyous, fun-loving center of the group, as he remained every time we got together over the next three + decades. I wish, too late, that I could have seen him more often.

  15. September 29th, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    I had the distinct honor and pleasure of knowing Ron at Hobart & Wm Smith along with his beloved dog, Gulliver. Besides considering him a great friend and fellow econ major, I will treasure the hours of lively discussions about life or economics that transpired as ‘they’ guarded Emerson Hall. In the years after Cornell, I could always count on seeing him in Boston at the HWS Holiday party…always a great warm smile, concern for others, genuine passion for the Colleges, and later, wonderful stories about his beautiful daughters and family. His quiet, yet strong business acumen and style belied his incredible success. Ronnie’s smile and intense warmth are indelibly etched in our memory and we feel blessed to have known such a remarkable man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Debra, Regan, Avery, Trinity and other family members at this time.
    Michele, Bill, Bill & Daniel Crowley

  16. Linda Pritchard
    January 2nd, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I just learned of this today. I am thinking of you Debbie, Regan, Avery, Trinity and all who were touched by Ron. Ron will be missed.

    Linda Pritchard

  17. Bob McConnell
    November 8th, 2014 | 4:17 pm

    Dear Debbie & Young Ladies,

    Today I saw an article discussing Geneva, NY, and was attempting to forward it to Ron when I realized I no longer had his email address. I went to the company website, but no mention of Ron. When I Google’d him I found this site and announcement — I was stunned.

    I met Ron at Cornell and realized from the beginning, he was a special person. Over the years we entered and exited each other’s domain. It was always a joy to reconnect, even if only on the phone or email. As so many other people have stated, he did well at everything he attempted, especially life. He lived it to the fullest and was rewarded handsomely with a wonderful family, successful business, and numerous friends who treasured just knowing him.

    I am sure, by now, the shock and overwhelming pain of losing Ron has lessened and the joy and comfort of Ron, as husband and dad, watching over you from up above, taken over. Ron was a special person and you, and all of us, were lucky to be part of his life.

    My best wishes to all of you – God Bless you & Ron!

    Bob McConnell

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