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Dr. Charles “Chuck” Olney died comfortably at his home in Dataw Island, SC on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Chuck was born in Amsterdam, NY on April 20, 1943 to the late William and Bertha Olney. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College, M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.D. from Hahnemann Medical College. He performed his surgical training at Boston City Hospital, served his country as a surgeon at Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota, and practiced both general and vascular surgery at the Anna-Jaques hospital in Newburyport, the Hale Hospital in Haverhill and the Amesbury Hospital for over 25 years.

Chuck was an avid basketball and squash player, and some of his fondest memories were skiing in Colorado and playing golf in Europe with his family. He was known for his great mind, quick wit, and irreverent sense of humor; but behind the humor, he was also known for healing countless sick patients, quietly helping people in need, and deeply loving his friends and children. He fundraised for Anna-Jaques Hospital at the annual golf outing, served on the Newburyport Rotary Club, operated the Artichoke Christmas Tree Farm, and coached youth sports. Chuck was a force of life in every community he was a part of – known and loved quickly by all – and he will be missed dearly.

Chuck is survived by his long-term partner, Janet Beaudoin, two brothers, Larry and Bill Olney, two children, Chuck Olney and Betsy Goldfarb, and their mother, Donna Cohen. He thoroughly enjoyed his three grandchildren, Jack and Lizzy Olney, and Ellie Goldfarb.

Dr. Olney’s celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 30 from 5:30-7:30pm upstairs at the Port Tavern (84 State Street, Newburyport, MA). Stories will begin at 6:30pm. A celebration in Dataw Island, SC will happen at a later date.

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  1. Olene & Dorothy says:

    We will miss you truly Mr. Chuck, your Starbucks in Beaufort friends. Thanks so much for the Smiles that you gave us when you came through the drive thru. May God Bless your Soul,and keep your family in prayer. AMEN!

  2. Robin Pearson Cogan says:

    Janet and Olney Family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was a special friend to my family and many good times and laughs were exchanged, Sending our sincerest condolences and prayers….
    Robin & Hub Cogan

  3. Kevin & Betty Ennis says:

    Rest in peace Dr. Olney. You are missed dearly. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

  4. John Vico says:

    My path and Chuck’s crossed briefly years ago. I am sure his spirit passed through my sunroom today and made me google him to find this obituary. Please accept my condolences.

  5. Robert Morency says:

    I have many fond Memories of Dr. Olney from my time, between 1977 and 1987, working as an OR Technician at Anna Jacques. He began his practice at almost same time as I began working there. He was, at the time, the nearest in age to me, and was always kind to me. I’m sure his friends and family are all missing his sense of humor and impishness. A good mensche.
    Rob Morency

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