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Eric Olney

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Eric Olney, age 46, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2023. Beloved son of Larry Olney and the late Barbara Chesis Olney, he is survived by his daughter, Colette, his wife, Emily, and his brother, Matt. Eric graduated from Harvard and received a law degree from Columbia, both with honors. He loved baseball, music (especially old school hip hop), skiing, sushi, Larry Bird, and irony. He was extremely smart, funny, loyal, and creative, turning everyday events into nicknames, sayings, and larger-than-life memories. He loved spending time with his daughter, writing stories, painting, making music, learning about science, and baking pumpkin pies.

A Chapel service will be held at Mount Moriah cemetery. For condolences, directions, or information visit: or call (201) 947-3336.


Chapel Service: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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  1. Eric was one of the classiest athletes and young men I ever had the privilege to coach in varsity baseball in Newburyport. Surely a member of my “all plunger team”. Rest in peace Eric!

  2. we are terribly sad to learn of Eric’s passing Our sincere sympathy to His wife , daughter & family Love and prayers to Larry & Matt. We surely have many wonderful memories of Eric Mike & the gang all through school together in Newburyport May Eric be at peace with Mom Barb & others he loves in eternal heaven. Always Pam & John and family

  3. Eric was as witty as he was hilarious and kind. He was also an epicure and a connoisseur of sushi. One of his lesser known achievements was being quoted in Zagat Guide for Sushi of Gari, (“omakase is off the hook”), which in fact we’ve all been to together for omakase countless times. As I recall, the full sentence was “Yo, this omakase is off the hook!” and was accompanied by a finger snap. Alas, only a part of it made it into Zagat’s rather buttoned-up 2013 Edition.

    Behold, Eric’s Zagat mention:

    Sushi of Gari 46
    Food: 27
    Decor: 16
    Service: 22
    Cost: $82

    The “omakase is off the hook” at this “innovative” Japanese quartet from chef Gari Sugio, whose “buttery”, “ethereal” sushi amounts to “bite-size works of art”; though the settings are austere and the morsels “expensive”, purists pronounce the experience “worth every last penny.”

  4. Over the years, Eric’s attended so many Lincoln Center events and galas. Here’s one from Oct 17, 2011, us hanging out oh-so-casual at the Met Opera balcony. This not-at-all-posed completely spontaneous photo is entitled:

    “Y’know, Us. The cool kids at the back of the bus. Taking your lunch money.”

    I take the blame for the dubious title; it’s from my Facebook page.

  5. teammate and all-around authentic person. We sent each other birthday cards and letters through college. I will cherish my memories of him during those simpler

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