John Louis Oles
August 29, 1962 – April 13, 2020
Metro-North has lost its first employee to the coronavirus, the MTA said Monday.
John Oles, a 28-year veteran of the commuter rail road, passed away from complications related to COVID-19, the agency said.
“He was beloved by his colleagues and will be deeply missed,” Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi said in a statement. “His dedication to public service during this difficult time will not be forgotten.”
Oles, a machinist based in the Harmon Support Shop, is survived by two children and his wife, Karen, who also works for the railroad.
A GoFundMe effort set up by friends to help cover the cost of his funeral and to take care of his family said: “John dedicated his life to his family and anyone whoever was in need. People who knew him described him as generous, kind, loyal, funny, and thoughtful.”
John is also a past captain, firefighters, and lifetime member with Columbia Power Ladder #44 in Croton-On-Hudson.