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Richard Olmstead

Died: Sunday, May 07, 2006
Age: 78
Richard E. “Bud” Olmstead, ex-chief of the Mattituck Fire Department and a former resident of Mattituck, died at Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson Station on May 7. He had been living in Selden with his daughter.

“Bud” or “Robot” as he was known, was born in Greenport on May 13, 1927 to Frederick and Mabel (nee Buttersworth) Olmsted and later served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He was a member of the Mattituck and East Quogue Fire Departments. Mr. Olmstead served as Deputy Director of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services FC3 from 1966-1976, and was a past President of the North Fork Volunteer Fireman’s Association from 1976 to 1978. He also served as a past president of the Southold Town Chief Council, and was a 50-year member of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York. He was a retired Suffolk County Drill Official at NYS Drill Team Captains Association and was a retired Fire Marshall for the Southampton Town Department of Fire Prevention.

Mr. Olmstead is survived by his daughter Christine of Selden; a granddaughter “Pumpkin” Darlene, also of Selden; a nephew, John Richard Haas; two nieces, Doris Yoh and Lynn Haas Dunbar; cousins, and a host of friends and colleagues.

Friends were welcomed to the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home on May 15 where Firematic services were conducted. Interment, with military honors, was on May 16 at Calverton National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of his fellow fire-service colleagues for such a wonderful tribute to his dedicated life of service.

Donations in Mr. Olmstead’s memory can be made to: The Volunteer Fireman’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave. Hudson, New York, 12534; the North Fork Volunteer Fireman’s Association, c/o Margaret Killian, P.0. Box 1842, Southold, New York 11971; or the Suffolk County Drill Team Capt.’s Association, c/o Mike MacNamara, 100 Bedell Street, West Babylon, New York, 11704.
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