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John McKee Poole, 1931-2016
He taught thousands how to sail
August 12, 2016

J
ohn McKee Poole Jr., 85, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

john pooleHe was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Fulton.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Juliana Poole; two sons, John McKee Poole III and wife, Barbara, of Raleigh and Ralph L. Poole and fiancee’, Cindy, of Wilmington; daughter, Donna P. Kessler and husband, Brian, of Reelsboro; stepson, Joel Kirschner and wife, Tina, of Clarksville, Ga.; step-daughter, Jennifer Kirschner of Asheville; sister, Shirley Jordan and husband, Leon, of Raleigh; fourteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

John owned and operated Poole’s Pie Shop in Raleigh for 20 years before moving to Oriental. Then with a partner he founded Oriental’s School of Sailing. He went on to ownership and operation of the school for 21 years.

John was a kind, loving, gentle soul. He had a great passion for sailing, a passion he shared with students through the years. He was an inspiration that helped others obtain their dream and to believe in themselves.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13th in the meeting room at Brantley’s Village Restaurant. A celebration of life will be held immediately following the service at Brantley’s.

In lieu of flowers, donation to the Bill Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by:
Pamlico Hurricanes Boosters Club, Inc.
507 Anderson Drive
Bayboro, NC 28515

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Crematory, Alliance.

Photos of John, many from the years at Oriental’s School Of Sailing:

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John & Juliana
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John ran the sailing school from 1980-2001. The school continues, now just on its third owner (and back at a familiar location.)

Posted Friday August 12, 2016 by Keith N. Smith


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