Richard D. Olesen

Scarborough — Richard D. Olesen, 66, of South Portland, passed away May 8, 2014 with his wife Mary Ellen and son, Matt at his side.

Dick was born in Portland, Maine on August 26, 1947. He was a proud graduate of Deering High School where he was a member of state championship cross-country and track and field teams.  He went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Southern Maine while serving as Senior Class President.

Dick was active in the community for over 35 years through various clubs and service organizations.  For six-years he served as President of Port Resources Board of Directors, the organization that advocated and supported his two special needs children.  He was passionate about Boston’s sports teams as well as local school sports.  He volunteered his time coaching high school cross-country, middle school baseball, as well as his son’s pee-wee football, little league, and youth basketball teams.

He found great pleasure in surprising his family and friends with wonderful and humorous stories that will leave lasting memories for them all.   He was fond of his time with his great circle of friends who brought him great joy including college buddies Earl and Geoff, cribbage partners Tom and John, and golfing partners Don, Ron, Lou, Dave, and Cliff.

Professionally, Dick held positions that included teaching high school business courses, managing large inventory departments for IKON Office Solutions and Spencer Press.  He was owner/operator of South Portland Driving Academy for 10 years, and was most proud of his ability to instruct new drivers.

Dick was predeceased by his parents A. Andrew and Mary Grassick Olesen, daughter Jennifer, brothers John and James Olesen.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years Mary Ellen, sons Matthew and Stephen, daughter Amy, daughter-in-law Aaryn, grandchildren Wyatt and Ely, brother Stuart, cousins Bob and Helen, and many loving in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Dick wants to thank the vast network of family, friends, neighbors, and medical professionals who supported him through his fight with cancer over the last 7+ years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook.  Burial services will be at Highland Memorial Gardens in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:


Hospice of Southern Maine


180 US Route One


Scarborough, ME 04074


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