Love and memories last forever...
  • 82 years old
  • Born on March 24, 1935 .
  • Passed away on August 17, 2017 .

John “Jack” J. Olley, 82, of Mullica Hill, passed away on Aug. 17, 2017 at the home of his daughter, surrounded by loved ones.

Beloved husband for 36 years to the late Bernadette (Kohl), devoted father of Marialena Holloway of Wilmington, DE, John J. Olley, Jr. (Lisa) of Newark, DE, Bernadette Tanner (Wayne) of Mullica Hill, and Marc Olley (Christine) of Selbyville, DE. Loving grandfather of 12, great grandfather of 4. In addition to his wife, Mr. Olley was predeceased by a son, Brian, his parents James and Ellen (Heaney) Olley, and brothers James, Frank and Paul.

Born in Buffalo, Jack has been a longtime resident of Mullica Hill and was an educator at Clearview Regional High School for over 30 years. He was Past Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name of Jesus Council 12503, and was a devoted member of the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Parish. A role model for all, Jack was a blessing to his family and those who knew him. His kind, gentle spirit will live on through those he touched.

Viewing Thurs. Aug. 24, 2017 from 9-11AM at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Parish Center, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Council 12503 Charities Inc., would be appreciated and can be sent to the church address above. Please mark “Knights of Columbus” on the envelope.

Posted by Sarah Jones on August 22, 2017
I took Jack to renew his driver's license as this was "my area," according to Marialena. We got to the NJ dmv and I had every concern that because he walked with a cane, he would encouter some difficulty. I made sure he had all the required documents and so we went in and obtained a number for service.
As we walked to find a seat, a woman behind the counter waved to us to come forward. We did so. She said; "You are John Olley?" "Yes"
She said; " did you teach at Clearview high school?..... English?"
He responded that he did and asked how she knew him. Turns out she was a former student whose brother played football with one of his boys.
No worries about the renewal from this point forward, as she process his license and made his day! He really didn't drive much afterwards, but we had a great day.

Jack had a heart of gold and was the rock of the family. I loved him dearly! I will miss bantering with you dad.
Posted by Bridget Benjamin on August 21, 2017
Mr. Olley was one of my favorite teachers. So kind. I will never forget that he took the time to visit my home to talk to my Mom. I used to write a lot of poetry, and he actually read it and told my Mom that I was "brilliant" (way too kind of him!). A wonderful man, who will be missed by many of his students! Class of '70 CRHS
Posted by Bill Ditzler on August 20, 2017
Mr. Olley , I will never forget how you were the driving force in me joining the KOC and how you made me come out of my shell to do great things for other people. You made me start helping with church collections and being a greeter , you also talked my father into joining and that in it self was a miracle. Sorry for your loss to the whole Olley family, and Bernadette.
Posted by Rodney Falkenstein on August 19, 2017
So long to a guy that gave joy to me. I appreciate the times we shared just being together. Jack always participated how he could with a positive attitude and a witty jab. God bless his soul. God bless his family.

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