The Oland family is a household name in New Brunswick and to my knowledge their contribution to the community has always been excellent. I first came across the Olands when I was trying to raise funds and contributions for a fishing derby I was in charge of when I was an instructor at the artillery school in CFS Gagetown. One of the great people that helped me out was the CEO of Moosehead Brewers named Richard (Dick) Oland.
The Oland family has been a long time supporter of Canadian Soldiers and why not, Dick Oland's father was none other than Brigadier General Philip Oland (Ret). When Mr. Oland sent out a package for my fishing derby I almost fell over. There had to be $600.00 in merchandize, from Hats, to playing cards, to mugs and glasses and even darts, but more so he sent us an entire skid of Moosehead beer.
We lost a good one this week and I hope they find his killer.
Rest in Peace Richard Oland you will be missed.
Moosehead heir’s death still a mysteryQuote has been trimmed
SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- The investigation into the homicide of a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist continues to rattle this small city.
On Tuesday, the same day members of the community came to grieve Richard "Dick" Oland at his funeral, one report suggested Oland had been bludgeoned in the head with an axe.
For those who knew him, it's difficult enough to understand that he might have been murdered. Suggestions he was killed in his office in such a brutal fashion are beyond comprehension.
"You never saw any reason. You never saw any animosity around him at all," said John Ainesworth, who rented the office space to Oland for the past 10 years.
Ainesworth was back at the building Wednesday as police continued their investigation.
"(Oland) gave of himself and for whatever reason someone wanted to do that to him. You couldn't fathom why," Ainesworth said.
Oland was a former executive at Moosehead Breweries, but left his family's business in the 1980s to venture into the transportation industry. He sat on several boards in his community and was a competitive sailor with his boat, Vela Veloce.