RANDOLPH CENTER—William M. Olivet, 84, of Randolph Center, died Monday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2006, at Rowan Court Nursing Home in Barre.
He was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Germantown, Penna., the son of Milton and Anna (Bachmeyer) Olivet. He was raised in Long Island, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Army in the Battle of the Bulge of World War II. He had been a special delivery messenger for the U.S. Postal Service in Floral Park, N.Y. He and his wife summered in Randolph Center starting in 1969, and moved here in 1977.
He was known for having painted the "Welcome to Randolph" wall mural, and performed in musicals and created elaborate sets for Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. He once had an exhibit of over 30 of his paintings at Chandler Gallery. He created the Vermont Totem Pole which stood outside his home which featured Ethan Allen, Calvin Coolidge, Admiral Dewey, and Chester Arthur. He painted the gym floor mascot design for Randolph High School and murals for the Randolph Vocational Center culinary arts room.
He was known for his figural carvings and meticulous restoration of clock dials. He created humorous poems and sketches which were published in his book called "Homespun Stuff." Bill was a charter member of the Randolph Center Fire Department, and created the department’s logo. He was a wonderful grandfather, who enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, and was a member of the VFW and Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Jaffray Olivet of Randolph Center; four daughters, Nancy Olivet of Montpelier, Connie Olivet of Randolph Center, Janice LaVallee of South Hero, and Marjorie Webster of Tigard, Ore.; a sister, Laura of Connecticut; brother, George Olivet of Floral Park, L.I., N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Jean, and four brothers and sisters.
Graveside services with military honors will be held in the spring at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center (date to be announced later). There are no calling hours. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Alliance of VT & NH, 46 South Main Street, #1, White River Junction, Vt., 05001. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home of Randolph.