Fit­ting farewell for Steve

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

gary.ship­way@news.com.au

FAM­ILY and friends have farewelled pop­u­lar busi­ness­man and for­mer Wan­der­ers foot­ball club pres­i­dent Steve “Sluggo” Ols­son.

As the wet sea­son rains buck­eted down out­side, around 200 mourn­ers crammed into the Dar­win Resthaven Chapel on Amy John­son Drive to say good­bye.

The mov­ing fu­neral was fol­lowed by an emo­tional farewell for the 60-year-old pro­pri­etor/agent for El­ders In­surance in Dar­win, at his favourite wa­ter­ing hole, the Air­port Ho­tel on McMil­lans Road. With his empty bar stool in place, a fi­nal beer was poured in hon­our of Steve.

Close friend Dar­ryl Win­dow de­scribed the turnout in the pour­ing rain as fan­tas­tic and a won­der­ful send off for a great mate. Face­book trib­utes flowed from those who could not be there.

An avid Carl­ton sup­porter, Ols­son ar­rived in Dar­win from Ade­laide in Jan­uary, 1986 through his work in in­surance.

The Wan­der­ers’ stal­wart is at­trib­uted with al­most sin­gle­hand­edly sav­ing Wan­der­ers dur­ing the club’s fi­nan­cial strug­gles through the 1990s

Steve Ols­son is sur­vived by his wife Dianne, daugh­ters Mal­lory, Gaynor and Linda and seven grand­chil­dren.

Inset pic­ture: FACE­BOOK

Steve Ols­son re­ceived a fi­nal farewell at the Air­port Ho­tel (inset)

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