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August 12, 2016
John McKee Poole Jr., 85, of Oriental passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
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:
John & Juliana
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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