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Shawn Kenneth Phillip Olma

November 2, 1969 - July 21, 2021


It is with a broken heart that we have to announce the passing of a pillar of the Penticton community, Shawn Olma.
Shawn is survived by his beloved spouse Lisa, dog Beck, mother Helene, father (the late) Kenneth, sister Shelly, brother Greg, niece Cassy, and nephews Tyler, Ethan, Emmit, and Wyatt. Along with the many cherished "chosen family" and adopted moms and dad. If you look in the dictionary under hard worker you would see a picture of Shawn. He prided himself on high levels of self-achievement and unique results. He was top shelf and pulled everyone around him up with him. He tried and achieved many things in his full life. As a young man starting with a paper route around the Maple Ridge family farm, he learned to be a talented woodworker and furniture maker in high school. He worked in construction with his father and uncles and was an electrician apprentice in his early 20s. He had stints of being a tow truck driver and a bartender, among other things. He was very proud of following in his father's footsteps as a pilot flying floatplanes on the BC coast which then lead him to work on tug boats. More recently he succeeded in real estate ventures, finance, as a business owner, home designer/builder, excavator operator, and plate packer rider. Shawn always lived life to the fullest! He had endless stories to tell, usually with a beer (or 2 ;)) and great music in the background. There were childhood memories of him and Greg eating like horses, muddy buddies with Shelly, and all the tricks and tortures those kids could think up. He told of entertaining camping follies when the whole family would load into the truck and camper off to Birkenhead Lake (summer and winter adventures) with John Denver playing. He had a passion for travel, adventuring through Thailand, a year around Australia with Greg, a few great trips to Africa, and he especially loved Hawaii. There was never a shortage of motorcycle adventure stories or personal tours of his motorcycle collection. His most recent pride was superbike school in Vegas for his 50th birthday. He reflected often on his escape into calm, as well as adventures, on the water during his boating life, highlighted by being the center boat during the snowbird shows. He loved BBQing and his well-stocked beer fridge. His current project of building his and Lisa's dream home while protecting and conserving the natural land and bird habitat on Eagles Rock brought joy and peace through Shawn's soul.  So many great memories and stories, all attached to great people that he cherished deeply.
Shawn had a surreal energy within and surrounding him that many had the pleasure to experience.
His legacy of LOVE, LAUGHTER, PLAYFULNESS (Batman), daily efforts to stay connected, reaching out to help people be the best they can be, and to teach when possible, will live inside all of us that have been blessed with knowing him. Shawn dreamed big and held nothing back, lived without regrets. He was passionate and proud while private and intimate. 
The loss of Shawn leaves a huge hole in all our hearts but even through tears, the memories are all good ones.
Celebrate when his energy passes through you.
Live without regrets and love with all you are.
Be proud of yourself

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Shawn had a passion for animals, especially dogs and birds.

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From: Lisa

Shawn amazed me everyday with his strength of love. He was bigger and better than I could have ever asked for. The connection we had filled my soul and nothing will ever compare. He was the love of my life, my ONE. He taught me to love bigger, without hesitation, in every moment.

From: Gail Radke

Shelly, my deepest condolences 🙏 I remember how Shawn teased you ! This is so hard to except,
But I know that you have beautiful memories of Shawn and they will help!! And the memories of your dad❤️You were his little girl💕sending healing healing hugs! Love Gail

From: Helene Olma

You made him so happy & settled.  Thank you❤️

From: Helene Olma

I will love you, forever!  Enjoy those skies with your Dad

From: Cindy Ricketts

I knew Shawn through business, however, he felt more like a friendship.  Shawn was so kind and always made time to meet with me whenever I came to Penticton.  I know he did not make this effort for everyone but he did for me, and he made me feel special.  I was new to this territory and he often helped me with directions and key places to go.  He offered his advice without me having to ask.  I loved his laugh, as it was genuine.  I am so saddened of Shawn’s passing and the thing I regret the most is that I did not have an opportunity to say to him how wonderful he was and how much he helped me with my confidence when I needed it.  You are so missed Shawn Olma.  I hope you are having a beer and a good laugh with Cathe in a really good place.  Cathe talked about you often and she told me that Shawn was a great guy and I had to make time for him. My heart goes out to his family and friends, this was too soon.  💔


thank you for being his everything Lisa – we love you.  ❤️


I am grateful to have called Shawn my brother, and the memories although not enough will have to help our family move forward.  
From getting stuck in the mud as kids and scaring our parents half to death, stealing his candy jar, camping, riding, plucking chickens, picking him up from party nights, driving to work to find him on the side of the road and his car upside down, dating contracts, not getting the hint that it was time to leave when I was in labour, picking up our son when he decided to run away, to just being there when I needed an ear.  
I selfishly am not ready, we should ahve been bickering for at least another 30 years.  I love you and I miss you so much.

From: James Vallance

Shawn was my mortgage broker and dear friend.  I’ve known Shawn as early back as his bartending days in Whiterock.   I’d say Shawn knew more about me than anyone else I know including family.  We shared much in common and I especially enjoyed our many, many long business chats about construction, real estate and financing. He certainly helped me out of some sticky Always hard working, creative and advocating on my behalf.  Jan 2020 was the last time I saw Shawn in person where he introduced me to his precious Lisa over lunch.   Like all of you I was heartbroken when I heard the tragic news. Shawn has always been a rock to me and you my friend are dearly missed. RIP Buddy!

From: Joe Skoropat

Condolences to Shawn’s family.  Went to high school with Shawn. He lived up the hill from my mother’s home, in Heritage Hills..  We briefly reconnected a few years ago.  May he rest in peace.

From: Greg Olma

I Love you big brother and always will. Miss you forever!

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