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Kevin Robert Olschesky, 64, self-taught naturalist and local flora and fauna expert

Kevin Robert Olschesky

WILMINGTON — Kevin Robert Olschesky, 64, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Kevin was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Wilmington in 1972, where he attended John T. Hoggard High School and played the trumpet for the high school band. He also took classes at Cape Fear Community College. Kevin was an avid reader and enjoyed studying a variety of topics.

Upon graduation from high school, Kevin began a career as a surveyor and was a Survey Party Crew chief for many years. Kevin’s career, coupled with his love for the outdoors and nature, became a self-taught naturalist and proficient in the local flora and fauna of the coastal region.

Kevin played rugby with the Cape Fear Rugby Club in the early 1990s, and he also enjoyed model railroading, gardening and raising chickens. He loved jazz and blues music, and played the bass guitar in the church band at Victory Christian Fellowship, Rocky Point. Kevin had a warm smile and was a friend to everyone he met.

Kevin is survived by his parents, Robert and Rosemary Olschesky; siblings, Gregory Olschesky, Lynda Olschesky Flewwellin and Karyn Olschesky (Luke Del Greco); niece, Renee Flewwellin Holmes (Deandre Holmes); and nephews Matthew Olschesky, Henry Del Greco and Charles Del Greco. Kevin is also survived by his friend, Cathy DeSilva, and her three granddaughters, Taylor, Allison and Brooklynne, who he dearly loved and enjoyed teaching them to play the guitar; and beloved canine friend, Harley.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the American Diabetes Association, N.C. Coastal Land Trust or environmental organization of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care.

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