HOLLISTON – Albert W. Oliver, 74, of Holliston passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, June 1, 2020 after a courageous eight-year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The eternal optimist, Al truly lived his mantra, “Life isn’t about waiting the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” He showed everyone to see life’s silver linings and savor the simple things.
Born in Saint Albans, Queens, New York, in 1945, he was the son of Wesley S. Oliver and Helen (Madison). With his two sisters Ellie and Lynne, he enjoyed an idyllic childhood in New York and summers in Croydon, NH.
After graduating from Oceanside High School in 1963, Al moved with his family to Holliston, where he attended night school at Northeastern University and worked at Framingham National Bank.
A Navy veteran, Al proudly served his country from 1968-1972. During his last year in the Navy, he met the love of his life, Pat. They married in 1973 and a few years later welcomed their son Wesley and then daughter Meghan.
After the service, Al completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Northeastern University and began his career in sales and recruiting.
Throughout his career, Al always focused on providing an outstanding experience for clients and those he worked with. He was a man of his word and someone who you would want on your team.
Giving back to his community was important to Al. In his younger years he coached little league and served as a member of the Jaycees.
His dedication to filming the Holliston High School hockey games and Lion’s Club Triathlons for HCAT Channel 8 was a labor of love and something he cherished doing for 25 years.
A natural teacher, Al’s patience was calming and he made everyone he met feel loved and appreciated. He made friends everywhere he went and was fascinated by people’s stories.
A lover of nature, he was most at home on his boat on Rocky Bound Pond in New Hampshire or watching the sunset in Ft. Myers Florida with his wife, Pat by his side. He had a passion for sports and a deep appreciation for music, history, word games, economics, trivia and classic cars. Most importantly, Al was deeply devoted to his family and his granddaughter, Faye.
Al is survived by his wife of 47 years Pat, son, Wesley of Charlton, MA, daughter, Meghan of Waterbury Center, VT, sister, Lynne Cirino wife of the late Paul Cirino, of Center Reach, NY, sister Ellen and her husband, Kevin Gammons of Natick, MA, granddaughter Faye and 18 nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service to be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Thursday, June 4.
If you wish to send an expression of sympathy, please consider a donation to the Holliston Food Pantry.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com