OBITUARY

Gershon Poling

August 24, 1939November 11, 2021

Gershon Poling (Gerry) of Shrewsbury Borough joined his beloved wife on November 11, 2021 at the age of 82.

Gerry was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He attended high school in South Bend, Indiana with his lifelong pals Irv and Manny. He later attended Indiana University and proudly became a Sigma Alpha Mu member. But the best thing he learned at Indiana, was that he was in love with fellow Hoosier Linda Meistrich Poling. They married in 1962 and moved to Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Gerry spent his professional life in public education, serving as a teacher and Dean of Discipline at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York. Gerry was revered by students, parents and colleagues for his kindness and compassion. His colorful stories didn’t hurt either.

Gerry spent over 54 years as a Shrewsbury resident. He served as a member of the Town Council and was the Police Commissioner. He became an associate member of the “Breakfast Club” where he broke bread and shared opinions with former Police Chiefs. He was also an icon on Beechwood Drive, known for his outlandish knee socks and fashion forward frames.

Gerry’s main passion in life was the love he had for his wife Linda and daughter Laura. Gerry and Linda were married for 53 years and collaborated on finding the best restaurants, enjoying sunny days at Surfrider and Sands beach clubs, and on running their window treatment company, Shady Ladies. Gerry also had a passion for collecting Rolex watches and a weak spot for artifacts from the 50’s and 60’s. He was not to be trifled with at the negotiating table.

He and his daughter Laura shared a love for travel, visiting family and friends in Michigan, Chicago, Cape May, Sedona, Los Angeles and Maine. The Chicago trips were extra special because he could spend time with his sister, nieces and their children. But every trip was sweet because he did it with Laura.

Gerry was predeceased by his loving wife Linda (nee Meistrich); his parents Florence and Abraham Poling; his sister Belle Herskovits; and his mother and father-in-law Harold and Vivianne Meistrich.

Gerry is survived by his devoted daughter Laura; his sisters Gussie Sevelow and Pearl Schakett; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and lifelong friends who enjoyed his ever-present sense of humor and the twinkle in his eyes.

Funeral services will be held at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels,2130 Route 35, Ocean, New Jersey 07712 on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 11:00am. Mausoleum entombment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery, Oceanport, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Shrewsbury First Aid Squad, 115 Haddon Avenue, Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702 (www.shrewsburyfirstaid.org).

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Mausoleum Entombment

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Shiva

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Shiva

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Jeannie Lamberti

November 17, 2021

Laura, I am so sorry to hear about your Dads passing. He was such a nice man. It always warmed my heart when visiting your Mom how your Dad took such good care of her and tried to tend to her every need. They were blessed to have each other and I enjoyed visiting them.I know how close the two of you were, and can only imagine how much you miss him already . I will will keep you in my prayers that you have strength to carry you thru during this sad time.
Sincerely Jeannie Lamberti

James Ronan

November 15, 2021

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of Gerry. We became very friendly during my time as Prosecutor for Shrewsbury and I very much enjoyed spending time with him at various Borough functions . As a graduate of Notre Dame, I especially liked hearing about his year as one of (if not ) the only Jewish students at the University. We will miss Gerry greatly but derive comfort that he has reunited with his beloved Linda. God bless. Jim Ronan

Paul Starnes

November 13, 2021

I met Gerry while working at the Atlantic Club in Red Bank, he was always a bright spot even on the darkest days and an absolute pleasure to talk to and just be around in general. I have great respect for him and always will. I am truly saddened at this loss and will always forever cherish the memories I have of him. It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have known him.

Stan Neimark

November 12, 2021

Jerry will always be remembered as one of my pledge brothers at Sigma Alpha Mu at IU; Class of '61. Saw him on Zoom at our recent Zoom reunion just a month ago, for the first time in many years. My condolences go out to all the family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY