From The Oregonian, April 26, 2009 — Oliver Theodor Sitea died of lung cancer on April 15, 2009, just four months before his 80th birthday.
Born to Romanian immigrants, Teodor and Dorothy Sitea in East Chicago, Ind., Oliver spent his boyhood and young manhood in Indiana Harbor and Chicago. Early on he became and remained to the end of his life a dedicated, true bookman. Starting in retail books in Chicago and southern California, he joined the Portland-based Richard Abel Co., a university library book vendor; then the Oxford, Englandbased Blackwell, North America; and before retiring he started Oliver’s Books, his own out-of-print search service.
Oliver moved to Portland with his family in 1972 and loved Oregon for the rest of his life. In addition to books, Oliver lived for music, the arts, film, travel, food, and most of all — people. He was admired by everyone who came into his life for his erudition, his wit, his gentleness, and his loyalty. He will be sadly, achingly missed by many, many friends and family.
Oliver is survived by Eleanor, his wife of 57 years; daughter, Olivia and son-in-law, Larry Walters; daughter Rachel; son, Theo and daughter-in-law, Carol; brother, Ted and sister-inlaw, Ruby Sitea; sister, Margaret Romero; brother-in-law, Gerald Reynolds; and many loving nieces and nephews. A gathering to honor and celebrate his life was held at a later date. The online guest book can be found at www.oregonlive.com/obits.