We say goodbye to a true citizen of Oakville

Monday, February 07, 2011 – for immediate release

We say goodbye to a true citizen of Oakville

Fred Oliver was a driving force in our town for many years. Fifty-five to be exact. He dedicated his life to serving the community in which he lived. His honesty, integrity and determination to improve his community, was evident to everyone who knew him. On Saturday, February 5, 2011, he passed away peacefully in his 88th year. He will be truly missed by all of us. Flags at all town facilities are being flown at half-mast in memory of Councillor Oliver.

In 1948, Fred Oliver was appointed to Police Chief for the Township of Trafalgar where he retained his position through the amalgamation of the Township and the Town of Oakville. After the Region of Halton was formed, he continued his duties as the Deputy Police Chief until retiring in 1980 when he decided to run for Council.

He was elected as Regional and Town Councillor for the Town of Oakville in 1980 and served until his departure from politics in 1994 when he moved to a country home in Havelock. But the call of politics was too strong to ignore and Councillor Oliver returned to Oakville and his elected position of Regional and Town Councillor in 2000 until his retirement in 2010.

Councillor Oliver’s other achievements include founding the Town of Oakville Water Air Rescue Force (TOWARF) in 1954 and serving as its commander for 16 years. In 1969, Councillor Oliver established the Senior Citizen Christmas Light Tour, an event that has grown steadily throughout the years from 25 participants in its first year to over 200 in 2009. He also worked as president of the Police Chiefs Association and sat on the Police Services Board for six years.

Councillor Oliver’s interest in sports led him to serve as president of the Oakville Golf Club and as general chairman of the Canadian Open, where he volunteered for 17 years. He also served as president of the Oakville Senior “A” Hockey Club and was a 50-year member of the Lions Club, having served as their president and zone chairman. The boards at Sheridan College and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital were also well served by Councillor Oliver.

He will be missed by his family and friends and everyone who ever had the privilege to know him.

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We say goodbye to a true citizen of Oakville