Dr. Harry Poulos

17 May, 192615 April, 2021

The family of Dr. Harry Poulos, Dartmouth, NS, sadly announces his passing on April 15, 2021, aged 94. Harry was a second generation Canadian born to Peter and Eleni Poulos. He grew up with younger brother Stratos (deceased). The family was part of the close-knit Greek community of Halifax, and the thriving business community on Gottingen Street beginning in 1926, when Harry’s father purchased the Fountain Tea Room.

Harry eventually stopped working at the family restaurant and went on to graduate from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine, in 1951. He completed a residency in Psychiatry in 1955. Dr. Poulos was the medical director of the Nova Scotia Hospital for 20 years while maintaining a private clinical practice and working as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University.

While training Harry met a wonderful nurse from the Valley named Esther Kirkpatrick. In 1954 they married and they had a long, happy life together, raising three children (Beth, Halifax; Peter, North Sydney; and Kirk, Dartmouth). Harry was also the beloved Papou of Graham, Eleni, Emily and Sophie. Beyond immediate family, he maintained close connections with cousins in Halifax, Montreal and Columbia, South Carolina.

Harry lived most of his life in Dartmouth, but with Esther he also explored the world. In addition to family and travel, he loved food, music and cars and Harry loved to hear people’s stories. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, and he frequently did - at the Sportsplex where he swam daily into his 80’s, at the Dartmouth Farmer’s Market where he was a Saturday regular, or at the local library branches where staff knew him by name and would set aside items they thought he’d enjoy. While in his early years Harry attended St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Halifax, which his father helped establish, he and Esther became regular attendees at Christ Church in Dartmouth.

The family is grateful for the compassionate care Harry received at Laurel’s Lake Residence, and wishes to thank Dr. Leone Steele for the attentive medical care she provided. A small family gathering will be held to celebrate the rich life of Harry Poulos.


Dr. Harry Poulos

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Jacqueline Macdonald

1 May 2021

Dear Esther, Peter,Beth,and Kirk

On behalf of my 8 siblings from Crichton ave, I wish to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of Harry.
We are the Peacockes of 215.
Beth, you were in class with my sister Jennifer Dort, who lives Bridgewater way
We all went through the same schools and onward to University education for our careers.
Over the years, I found myself taking that 2nd look at the Poulos home as well, wondering how you all are
I am sending you all prayers during this time of grief..

We lost our parents yrs ago and two brothers. We have all remained close despite distance across Canada Where we live. NS, NB, ON, AB

Jacqueline of West Chezzetcook. Husband Ian

Sally Dean

25 April 2021

To Ester and Family,

I recently posted a condolence of the loss of Dr. Poulos. I apologize as I neglected to include you Ester.

My family was extremely grateful to you and Dr. Poulos during our parents time of need in the years of living in Crichton Park. I thank you.

It was always heartwarming to know the community was instrumental in connecting, being great neighbours and looking out for one another.

The “road” to Banook Canoe Club passing your home while waving at you or Dr. Poulos was always a highlight.

God bless you and your family during this sad time. You are in our thoughts.

Sally Dean

Bill Duncan

23 April 2021

I have two connections to Dr. Poulos , having gone to school with his son, Kirk, and later while working at the NSH where he was the director. I was a young orderly when Dr. Poulos allowed me to volunteer in the lab to see if this might be a viable career path. I choose instead to pursue social work and left the hospital, but eventually came to work across the street at the Dartmouth Professional Center. I retained a membership at the NSH gym and often saw Dr. Poulos in the pool and change room. He would catch me up on Kirk’s activities and we would joke about him swimming the perimeter of the pool rather than doing laps. Dr. Poulos was a kind, gentle, dignified man who made his little piece of the world a better place. My condolences to the family.

Olga Meagher

23 April 2021

We are saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. He was such an
Understanding and Caring cousin. Always there to lend a helping
hand. We shared a lot of good times and happy memories.
We will definitely miss him.
Our thoughts are with Esther, Beth, Peter and Kirk and families.
With loving thoughts, Olga, Frank & Family

Terry MacDonald

22 April 2021

Dear Esther, Beth, Peter and Kirk

We remember Harry so well. He was the consummate host. Made everyone feel welcome. We were privileged to know him.
Lia and Tara often said “we wish Harry and Esther were our grandparents”. Little kids usually get it right.
Rena and Terry

John MacDonald

20 April 2021

Dear Esther, Beth , Peter and Kirk,
My condolences on your loss.
Harry mentored me during medical school. He encouraged me to become a psychiatrist. I consulted him for many years and appreciated his concern for the mentally ill.
He will be missed and leaves the world a better place.
John MacDonald

Bessie Harris

20 April 2021

My sincere condolences on your father’s death. I first met him as a young social worker at the Nova Scotia Hospital and even after moving on kept contact with him. In later years we had many early morning chats as we exercised at the Sportsplex. He was a always interesting to converse with and a truly kind gentleman who was always supportive of my endeavours even as a young, naive social worker.

Paul and Jane Barry

20 April 2021

Mrs.Poulos,Kirk,Peter and Beth,
We are very saddened to hear about the passing of your Husband and Father, Dr.Poulos. Active in the community and active as a Dad he will be missed by Your Family and the community of Dartmouth as well. Thoughts of Him and the Poulos Family bring back really good memories around the Banook Canoe Club.
Our condolences and Prayers are with your Family at this time.
Paul and Jane Barry

Diane Palmeter

20 April 2021

Dear Mrs. Poulos, please accept my sincerest sympathies. I was sorry to read of your husband’s death. While I did not know him, I certainly knew of his successful career and prominent place in his community. His brother Strat was a dear friend of my husbands and subsequently mine. He was part of our wedding party and so kind to our children when they were young. I was always grateful for his introduction to me of the Greek culture including food and dance. My thoughts are with you all. I share your loss.
Sincerely, Diane Palmeter

Sally Dean

20 April 2021

Dear Beth, Kirk and Peter and Family,

My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear father. He was a friend to many.

Many memories of the family living on Crichton Avenue and being good friends with my parents brings a smile to my face.

He will be missed.

Sally Dean