John Grier Poole
January 11, 1943 – September 27, 2020
John Grier Poole was born on January 11, 1943 and passed away on September 27, 2020 and is under the care of Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home.
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John Grier Poole
October 8, 2020
I knew Jack for 58 years, having met him in his sophomore year at Brown, when we were both elected to the student government. We became immediate friends and stayed that way right to the very sad end. We traveled to Europe after graduation and had an immense amount of fun, especially driving through the night from Paris to Nice in a partially wrecked Citroen. What memories! Over the years, we developed a routine: every few weeks, either he or I would call the other one with comments about the news, recommendations for a book or movie, or just to talk. He was a voracious reader and had an extraordinarily active mind and imagination. No subject matter was immune from his inquiries. He had a great roaring and unpredictable laugh. In the last several years, he was slowed down by his awful pain, but it never dulled his mind. The world will be less fun without him. I will miss him terribly. All the best to his beloved children - Amanda, Jesse, and David, and his grandkids.
Kate Hally MacPherson
October 4, 2020
Ever since I was a little girl, I always looked forward to seeing Jack in Rehoboth. He was such an important part of my time on Rolling Road. He was funny, frank and slightly mischievous. He always took the time to chat with me and was truly interested in my life as I grew up. I felt like he really cared.
He is most infamous in our family for inadvertently introducing my parents, the Swarthmore/Rehoboth connection, so I am forever grateful. I am so sorry that he has left this world and I know his wit and spirit will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you, Kate (Hally) MacPherson
October 2, 2020
I'll miss Jack a lot. I'll miss our lunch outings with his brother Don. I'll miss his ribbing and sense of humor. What a great laugh. I met Jack in 1995 and have been his friend ever since. This is a tough loss and I send my heartfelt sympathy and love to all of the Poole family and friends.
September 30, 2020
Jack was a wonderful, thoughtful, entertaining, hospitable neighbor and friend. When I gave my children the news they, too, expressed how sad they were. Memories of theirs include him coming out to watch them sled down his lawn at top speed with a big smile on his face. Greg and I are filled with sorrow and would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Amanda, David, and Jesse. May you celebrate your Dad’s life and all he meant you and your family with more laughter than tears. We think he’d like that.
September 29, 2020
One of the dearest, most delightful friends anyone could ask for. You never had to doubt that he cared about you and enjoyed your company. I loved making him laugh - his laugh just exploded. And then he would pretend he hadn't gotten the joke and try to make you explain it. His faux crankiness was, I suspect, a way of covering his real anguish over his constant pain.
We met in 1961. I liked him instantly. We shared a lot of lovely times.
God, I will miss him.