Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Thomas Vaughn Olanyk
Funeral services for Tom will be held on Wednesday (6/23/2021) at 11 AM in the chapel at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield with Jack Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland. There will be calling hours the preceding evening (Tuesday 6/22/2021) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Vaughn Olanyk died surrounded by loved ones on Friday, June 18, 2021. Tom was born July 22, 1943 in Waynesboro, PA. He was the son of Thomas J. and Marjorie D. Olanyk, and was the second of six children. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Sunderland where his father's family was from. Tom grew up on the family dairy farm and graduated from Frontier Regional High School in 1961. He later graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida as an aviation mechanic. Ultimately, his career path took a different angle. In the mid sixties he began working as a carpenter with his lifelong high school friend Harry Kuenzel. This led to a 40+ year career as a master carpenter. Tom worked for Powers Construction in South Deerfield, and then moved to Renaissance Builders where he worked as a lead carpenter. He was a true old school master craftsman. Renaissance commented that, "they missed him so much they called him back for a special project, which he grudgingly accepted, not wanting to be pulled away from his bass fishing. He eventually took the job, and in true Tommy style, he did a perfect job". He had a hand in constructing hundreds of homes up and down the valley and was renowned for his knowledge and skill in all phases of construction from foundation work to fine finish cabinetry.

He married his high school sweetheart, Jean Charlotte Dickinson of Whately, on November 23, 1963. They were devoted to one another for 57 years. In 1974, Tom built the house where they raised their two children. Tom was a beloved family man who cherished our Sunday dinner tradition where we all gather to catch up with each other's lives. He looked forward each week to visiting with his children; son Todd and his wife Michelle, daughter TIna Ricardi and her husband Steven, and his grandchildren Camron and Natasha. He was a fixture at every sporting event or activity his grandchildren ever participated in.

Although he was known to lend his expertise in many aspects of life around home, perhaps his favorite job was Pierogi Making and Fish Fry Supervisor at our annual holiday celebration in December. His keen observation and palate ensured we were on track to produce a quality result every time.

In the mid-sixties Tom helped build a family cabin in Vermont with his father and siblings using logs and lumber milled at his father's sawmill in Sunderland. Many weekends were spent at the cabin making memories, fishing, hunting, water skiing, snowmobiling and playing at the lake.

In the mid 80's Tom discovered bass fishing. To say he was a passionate enthusiast would be an understatement. When he wasn't on the water fishing from his bass boat he was thinking about fishing, reading about fishing or watching fishing shows. He made many great friendships with fishing partners over the years, and spent countless days on the water at Bass Tournaments around the region. One thing we know for sure; from now on he will forever be at the front of the boat with every cast resulting in a tight line and a 10 pounder.

Tom is survived by his wife Jean, son Todd (wife Michelle), daughter Tina Ricardi (husband Steven), grandchildren Camron and Natasha (fiance Jeremiah), his brother Eugene (wife Diane), sisters Nancy Mooney (husband Leo), Joyce Zraunig(husband Russell) He was predeceased by his brother Floyd a.k.a Ken (wife Sheri), and Charles (wife Carol), He also leaves his dear friends Danny and Sue Apanell and many, many extended family members.

Funeral services for Tom will be held on Wednesday (6/23/2021) at 11 AM in the chapel at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield with Jack Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland. There will be calling hours the preceding evening (Tuesday 6/22/2021) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Birds of Prey Foundation in Conway (PO Box 26) or the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation which works to promote many of his ideals. http://www.massoutdoorheritage.org/