Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Memory of Barrister Andres Olvet (1948 - 2017)

Andy died peacefully at home in Toronto on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Born January 29, 1948 to Jaan Olvet-Jensen and Lydia Olvet (nee Karlson) in Stockholm, Sweden. Former husband of Tiiu Tonisson (nee Ilves). Father of Thomas Olvet (Leslie Kirby) and grandfather of Rein and Silka Olvet. Brother of Suit Olvet (Jane Elton). Survived by many relatives in Canada and Estonia and friends and colleagues in Canada.

Andy was a lively, intelligent boy who taught himself to play piano by ear and learned to manage very big tropical fish aquariums, while becoming a fossil collector and maker of gunpowder. He was a gifted athlete-scholar, playing hockey, his first love, at Ted Reeve Arena when it was still new. At Malvern Collegiate he switched to football. Having skipped a grade, he was a small interior lineman on the bantam team, recovering an opponents' fumble to win the city championship. A Toronto Secondary School Athletic Association all-star at centre, he won Malvern's Powell Memorial Trophy for best combining academic and athletic performance. In the summers, he was a counsellor at Estonian children's summer camp, Jõekääru, where he met his future wife, Tiiu.

He studied philosophy at University of Toronto's Victoria College and there played football in pursuit of the then oldest Canadian football trophy, the Mulock Cup, winning twice. After second year, he was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School. After articling on Bay Street, he joined a law firm now named Bigelow Hendy LLP, where he became managing partner in a tightly knit team.

He was an active folk dancer and soon returned to playing hockey until age 67. Meanwhile, tennis had become his passion, in Canada and in Cuba. He also swam long distances in Lake Ontario, accompanied along the Beaches by wary lifeguards in rowboats. As a lifelong student of the finer points of the sport of kings, horseracing, he was a winner.

The family will receive friends at the HUMPREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES - NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th, immediately followed by a service of remembrance in the chapel. After the service, there will be a reception at the Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue. If desired, donations can be made to the 7th horse in the 8th race at Santa Anita.

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