Date: 4/9/18 8:25 am From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dennis Oliver
Thanks to John Nelson for the following.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
From: John Nelson <jnelson...> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 10:16:46 -0400 Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dennis Oliver
David and Massbirders,
I first met Dennis and David on my first international birding tour, a Brookline Bird Club trip to Ecuador. They were both extremely friendly to me and my wife Mary and enormously helpful as I bumbled around as a novice birder out of my depth. Later I got to work with Dennis when he coordinated the annual breeding bird survey at the Ipswich River WS. For those who didn't know Dennis, he was a topnotch birder but, more importantly, a warm and deeply kind human being who worked to conserve birds and represented the best of the birding community. He had a long, hard struggle with his health, and I was so pleased when I had a chance to chat with him at a BBC lecture last year. I'm saddened by his loss and by David's great loss. I'll miss Dennis, a wonderful man.
John Nelson Gloucester
On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 7:35 PM, David Oliver <davido401...> wrote:
> Hello Massbirders, > > My best friend, my fellow birding companion for 45 years, and my twin > brother passed away on Saturday morning. He put up a strong fight but got > much worse since January and he finally lost that battle. He will be waked > at Keefe Funeral Home on Chestnut Street in Arlington on Tuesday from 5 to > 8 pm. I thank everyone who has already sent me thoughts and prayers and > everyone else who will. > > I will miss talking with him ever day but I will remember all the great > times we birded together with all our birding friends across the country > and the world. There have been so many great people that we shared birds > with. You know what would please him, if he knew that everyone who has > birded with him remembers, after reading this, a special or ordinary time > you spent with him in the field sharing your love for birds. I couldn't do > much for him at the end, but tell him about the robins who have suddenly > sprung up everywhere or about all the grackles in the trees outside his > hospital window, even though he couldn't see them. His favorite was the > resident turkey outside Spaulding Hospital and when he was coherent would > always ask about that turkey when I came to visit. > > Dennis and I were born together and I'd like to think holding hands. On > Saturday we held hands again. > > David Oliver > > > David Oliver > Arlington, MA 02476