Stan Oleson was active in the sports world for decades helping organize and run baseball and curling events locally and at the national level.
Oleson passed away in late December at the age of 87.
He wasn’t just a sports enthusiast as he also served as a Councillor & later Mayor of Glenboro. He was also a founding member of the Glenboro & Area Foundation, was employed with the Tiger Hills School Division as Secretary-Treasurer for many years and was a founding member of the Manitoba Association of School Business Officials.
“He was our Mr. Go to for years,” said MLA Cliff Cullen who is a lifelong resident of Glenboro.
“He loved sports especially curling and baseball and he loved to visit so mixing sports and his love of people was natural mix and a big reason he was so involved in sports.”
Stan was involved as a director of the Manitoba Curling Association for 22 years serving as Canadian Curling Association President in 1992-93. During his term at the CCA, he represented Canada for two years at the World Curling Federation. Stan received numerous awards in connection with his work in the administration of curling in Manitoba and Canada.
He was a founding member of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Hall, as a Builder, in 2001. He was honoured by Glenboro in the summer of 2000 when the local baseball park was named the "S.A. Oleson Field" in recognition of his many years with the local senior ball club and working at the diamonds.
Oleson was named an Honourary Life Member of Curl Manitoba in 1968 and would play a pivotal role in bringing about the amalgamation of the MCA and the Manitoba Ladies Curling Association in 2000.
In 1993, following his term as CCA president, he was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame’s Executive Honour Roll. Two years later, he joined the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, and also was presented with the CCA’s Ray Kingsmith award in recognition of his volunteer work in curling.