Monday, December 06, 2021


John Ollweiler, 87

John Ollweiler of Westport died May 3 after a five-year battle with cancer. The loving husband, father and grandfather was 87.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1932. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1950 and served in the Korean War from 1953-1955.

After his service, he attended classes at night and worked during the day to earn his college tuition.

Graduating cum laude from New York University School of Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree, he also received a Master of Business Administration, with honors, from New York University.

Additionally, he completed Columbia University’s Transportation Seminar and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. These degrees served him well in his long tenure as a general traffic manager (logistics) with Amax, which he joined in 1958.

He married Joan Bucholtz on Sept. 9, 1961 and they raised two children, Mark and Laura.

John and Joan have been long time residents of Westport, where John loved to garden, play tennis, cycle, read and care for his children and grandchildren. An old movie buff, he especially enjoyed Westerns and was a master of both movie and general trivia.

John loved Paris and was a frequent and worldwide traveler. Incredibly handy, John could fix or build just about anything. He was trustworthy and reliable, a man who always kept his word, planned ahead, and gave unbendingly to others just because it was the right thing to do.

Delighting in a good meal and a dry Rob Roy, food was one important way John showed his love, and he was renowned for sending massive care packages, especially to Blake and Lauren, his grandchildren in Colorado.

Caroline and Mike, his grandchildren in Connecticut, lovingly called him “Apooh” and he was a daily part of their lives from the time they were born until his illness interrupted.

John was preceded in death by his father, George, his mother, Jane, and his siblings, George, Rita (Cissy) and Jane. He is survived by his wife, Joan, his two children and their spouses, Mark and Lucie and Laura and Mike, his four cherished grandchildren, Blake, Lauren, Caroline and Mike in addition to nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass and celebration of John’s life will be scheduled at some time in the future.

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