Oliver J. Hynes, 93, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Walnut Woods in Boyertown where he was a resident. He was born to Richard and Frances (Brown) Hynes on July 23, 1917 in their home on Skippack Pike in Whitpain Township. He was the seventh of 12 children. During his life Mr. Hynes worked as a dairy farmer and the owner/operator of an abattoir for over 25 years. He and his family lived in Worcester Township where he and his wife, Georgene (Harvey), raised their four children, L. Georgina (Brunner), Kathleen J. (Ross), Karl O. Hynes, Sr. DC, and Richard L. Hynes. Mr. and Mrs. Hynes re-located to Limerick in 1992 and finally, in 2005, to Walnut Woods.
Mr. Hynes was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout most of his life. His pride and joy was his extensive gun collection. He was president of the Paradise Valley Hunting Club for many years and remained active with his hunting companions until a fall when he was 88 laid him up. One of his cohorts, Dick Vermeil, offers these sentiments which were echoed by many of his fellow hunters:
“I lost a really good friend this past week. Ollie and I started hunting together about 25 years ago, so I believe I knew him well enough to call him a very close friend. What a great person. Great integrity, a very compassionate, authentic human being who was a great example to me as to how to live life to the fullest without ever being selfish. I often said Ollie would be a great profile to emulate in regard to being a super grandfather. I'm going to miss our get-togethers out there in Boyertown. Whenever I drove away from one of our meals together, I left knowing I just shared a couple of hours with a Special Person that I felt very fortunate to be able to call a very good friend!! God Bless Oliver Hynes. Sincerely, Dick Vermeil.”
Mr. Hynes was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Georgene, in 2008 and his daughter, L. Georgina, in 1992. He is survived by daughter, Kathleen, sons Karl and Richard, sisters, Gertrude Hazard and Helen (?), 6 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, October 8, 2010, starting at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to his Visitation on Friday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Friday at 2:15 PM at The Cemetery of Washington Memorial Chapel, which is located within the bounds of Valley Forge National Historical Park.