Austin W. Olmsted

April 13, 1941 - September 24, 2013

Posted by:
Walt Steesy

Posted on:
November 5, 2013

We share the loss of Austin as a member of our greater Olmsted family. Genealogist, Olmste(a)d Family Association Interlaken, NY

Posted by:
Dawn Olmsted Benson

Posted on:
October 6, 2013

Thank you, everyone, for all the kind, loving and comforting words. My Dad was truly loved by so many. I miss him so much.

Posted by:
Linwood & Barbara Starratt

Posted on:
October 2, 2013

Our sympathy goes to the Olmsted family. May the Lord comfort you at this time. Respectfully, Linwood & Barbara

Posted by:
Philip and Nancy Graham

Posted on:
October 1, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to the family - especially Dawn and Alan who we knew. We appreciated Austin's faithful ministry to so many AWANA kids at Lafayette Alliance. He truly loved the kids and his efforts to teach Biblical truths through God's Word will not return void. May God comfort all of us as we mourn the passing of Austin, but also may we rejoice because Austin is now with His Savior Jesus Christ and enjoying everlasting life. We shall be reunited one day.

Posted by:
Amanda and Jared Zangari

Posted on:
September 30, 2013

We were lucky enough to meet Austin through Pat. When we try to think of what to write here, it is overwhelming because there are not enough words to describe what a wonderful man he was. Austin was always so willing to talk with us, to learn about our lives, to love us...this is not something that you find in every person you meet. "Gentleman" keeps coming up to describe Austin and this is certainly true; Austin was such a kind, warm, caring, honest, interested, vivacious person. We are so lucky to have had him in our lives and family. Love you, Austin, RIP

Posted by:
Mike Quigley

Posted on:
September 30, 2013

I worked with Austin from time to time with the conservative party in Skaneateles, N.Y. I truly enjoyed those moments with him, he was the kind of a person that I felt was trying to make a difference in this world. I will miss him.

Posted by:
susan robinson

Posted on:
September 29, 2013

It was a great pleasure to spend a short coulpe of weeks with Austin in his final days.I hope I helped him find peace.My thoughts are with you all.SUE from 2-5

Posted by:
Michele Miller

Posted on:
September 29, 2013

I had hoped to come to express my sympathies to you in person,but was not able to get to NY at this time. We will be keeping Mr. O's family and friends in prayer during this time. When thinking about him and the work he did in Awana, the verse "Love the Lord your God with all your heart" comes to mind. My children and I were blessed by his obedience to this command! We have so many fond memories of Mr. O and AWana!

Posted by:
Cheryl Johnson

Posted on:
September 29, 2013

Patricia, Dawn and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Olmsted and you both really touched me. Your love and care for each other was so apparent. And the situation so sad. I hope that Mr Olmsted and you both were comforted in some small way by the care he received from us. You all will stay with me and remind me why I do the work I do. I hope that you all come to some peace soon and cherish your memories of him. In Deepest Sympathy, Cheryl Johnson 2-5, St Joe's

Posted by:
Dennis Rosa and Linda Betts Rosa

Posted on:
September 28, 2013

Our most heartfelt sympathy to Austin's family! Dennis Rosa and Linda Betts Rosa

Posted by:
Greg Scammell

Posted on:
September 28, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Austin's family and loved ones. It was always a treat to see young people's and student's eyes light up whenever their Mr. O would interact with them. He had the magic. Austin's sense of humor, style of thinking and caring about youth were all very deep.

Posted by:
Abigail

Posted on:
September 28, 2013

Mr. O was such a nice man. I knew him from AWANA club and LaFayette schools, and I'm so sorry he's gone. He was such a friendly, gentle person.

Posted by:
Dan Gage

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

My condolences to Austin's family and friends. I worked with Austin on political issues for 20 years. We did not always agree on every issue, but I will always respect his willingness to talk them through and his respectful nature. He always treated me like a gentleman. May your great memories carry you through this difficult time.

Posted by:
Christina Fadden Fitch

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

Austin, you left such a legacy of caring on so many levels, seen in the comments here. Thank you for your wisdom, kindness, dedication. You are an example to be followed of how to lead, and how to leave the world a better place. I so appreciate your friendship which will not be able to be replaced. Condolences to Family, Patti, and may the memories and knowledge of all whom he touched be a solace. Christina Fadden Fitch

Posted by:
Pauline Buck

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

I just remember Mr. Austin as the quiet father in the lives of Dawn and Alan, my students at Faith Heritage School. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families today. Lots of GOOD memories, "Mrs. Buck"

Posted by:
Lise,Raymond and Stephanie Yacco

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

" Mr O " We are still in shock to hear of your passing. We met you back in the day when Stephanie who is now 19 was only 7 at the Nedrow Diner. She was so excited to see "Mr.O" at the time we had no clue who " Mr.O " was till she introduced you to us. You were a great impact on Stephanie's life and always brought out the best in her. We were able to meet your son Alan and enjoyed your company for Dinner a few times.I especially remember when we shared our Birthdays together at Danzers. Those 2 hour visits at Mcdonalds while you kidded around with Stephanie and always made her laugh so much. We occasonialy ran into you whether it was at the mall or Wegmans and always said " lets get together and do dinner soon. With our crazy lifestyle we never made time for our Dinner get together. We sadley regret not being to make that date possible as you slipped away so suddenly. May you rest in peace and watch over us as an Angel in heaven and share your wonderful stories with them as you did with so many. I know you will make an impact on their lives as much as you did in ours.. Love ya " Mr.O" God Bless...

Posted by:
Esther, John and Danielle Caletka

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

There are times in this life that someone touches our lives so strongly, that they will be loved and remembered forever. Austin was one of these people. He come into our dear friend, Pat's life when she most needed a friend, and he became our precious friend, also. He was a man to be admired, one of deep integrity, faith, humility and kindness. His love for God and others was foremost in his life. Austin we will always love and miss you, our lives have been greatly blessed by your friendship. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Posted by:
Tully Parents

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

During one stop, the wonderful Mr. Olmsted found out our son loved lacrosse and came back to our home with an autographed picture from the movie Crooked Arrows and presented to our kid. Rest in peace - you were a gentleman.

Posted by:
Tom Beaulieu

Posted on:
September 27, 2013

Our thirty years in conservative politics brings back so many memories...we had our differences, but in the end we became mutual friends with respect for one another. I know you loved your country and serving your fellow man. Your dedication and commitment to our conservative party will be surely missed. My condolences to your loving family.

Posted by:
Jeff and Beth Sprechini

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

Dear Patti, We are so very sorry to hear about Austin. Only knowing him for a very short time, we witnessed his love for the Lord and we now ask God to be ever close to you and his family, to heal your broken hearts with joy and peace as only he can. In Christ, Jeff and Beth Sprechini

Posted by:
Stephanie (Smith) Ness

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

Mr. Olmsted was my Sunday School teacher, my AWANA leader, and my friend. Every time I saw him he would tell this story about how as a kid me & my friend Tina had taken his shoes at this one event & hidden them in the mail box outside because we said they were so smelly. Its so silly to write, and a pretty ridiculous thing to do, something my own 4 year old son would do now, but it made him laugh & was a fond memory we shared. He even once told my son Charlie that story and made him laugh too. Such fond, dear memories of Mr. O ;). I thank the Lord for him & want to say to his family & his memory, thank you. Thank you for being the man of God & wonderful teacher that you were. You blessed the lives of so many, young & old, but young especially. "Thank you for giving to the Lord...I am so glad you gave."

Posted by:
Becky Mintz

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

Dear Dawn, Alan, Patricia and Austin's family, Austin began and led the children's AWANA program at LaFayette Alliance church for many years. He loved all the children and they loved him. He was like a second dad to many of them. His caring and dedication will never be forgotten. Thank you, Austin. I know your family and Patricia will miss you greatly, but it is exciting to know that you are rejoicing with Jesus!

Posted by:
Joan I. Schmeling

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

Austin was a great leader and friend. I can remember how many occasions my husband Kurt, Austin and I got together preparing for our monthly meetings, holiday events, and other political issues. We all worked very well together and enjoyed every minute of it. He will be truly missed. We will have a hard time finding someone with the political knowledge he had to be our chairman. He worked well with all political parties and was deeply respected. Also I can remember many times our conservations on his passion for the children he was teaching. He was highly respected in all walks of life. My heart goes out to Patti, Alan, Dawn and all the Olmsted family. The only peace of mind and heart is knowing he is with Jesus now.

Posted by:
Linda Callahan

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

Thank you for being such a kind friend.Sharing teaching and political views with you was what I will remember about you. May you rest in peace forever with our Lord in heaven. See you on the other side>

Posted by:
Bernard Ment

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

I have known Austin and worked with him as part of the local Conservative Party of Onondaga County for over 10 years. We spent many long hours over coffee or lunch at Wegmans pondering, collaberating and musing over the state of political affairs throughout CNY. I considered him a confidant, a mentor and, most importantly, a friend. The Conservative Party has lost a dedicated and focused leader and his shoes will be tough to fill. While opinions over candidates and political philosophies may have differed over the years, Austin was a unifying facter that won't easily be replaced. That is just one of the reasons he remained in his leadership role as long as he did. I will miss the get togethers and his counsel. We will not soon see his like again. My sincerest condolences to Patty, Alan and the Olmsted family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by:
Mattydale Fire Department, Mattydale, NY

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

The Officers and Members of the Mattydale Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary join in extending Heartfelt Sympathy to you and your family at this Time of Sorrow.

Posted by:
Jim Nelson

Posted on:
September 26, 2013

Enjoyed working with you for so many years. You are a very honest and dedicated person. You always gave much more than you received. You are a great person.

Posted by:
Julie Miller, Oneida County Conservative Party Chair

Posted on:
September 25, 2013

My fondest memories are of our trips to the Syracuse farmer's market after our CNY Conservatives meetings. Enjoyed seeing Austin at the judicial conventions and CPPAC, and our phone conversations about candidates. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.