Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


John Raymond Pooler Sr.

December 5, 1947June 18, 2020
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John Raymond Pooler, Sr. (Jack) aged 72 of Old Orchard Beach peacefully passed away on June 18th, 2020 surrounded by his family at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Scarborough. This was his home for the past 5 ½ years.

He was born December 5th, 1947 in Portland, ME to Sidney and Marion Pooler of Scarborough. Jack had 2 siblings, Rodney Pooler and Sandra Pooler Nielsen Stephens.

He graduated Scarborough High School in 1967 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force that fall. On July 5th, 1969, he married Barbara Ann Hicks, while home on leave. The Air Force would send Jack and Barbara to live other places, including Okinawa, Japan and Arkansas during his 6 ½ years of service. He was a volunteer fireman with Scarborough and South Portland Fire Departments while raising their family in South Portland. Later in life, they lived in Gray and Old Orchard Beach.

Jack had 3 sons, John Jr, Jason and Jay. He was very involved in his children’s sports and activities from football to band. He always enjoyed watching the children play and later on cheered on his grandkids.

He worked in several industries over the years namely Data General, Nichols of Portland, Maine Youth Center, Black Bear Security, Public Cover Security, Lock Stock & Barrel, finally retiring from Boater’s World.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and the outdoors. He also loved dancing. He and Barbara could be seen most weekends dancing at local halls. Their Jitter Bug was something to watch and you would swear Barbara was floating on air when they waltzed.

Jack is survived by his wife of almost 51 years, Barbara Pooler of Old Orchard Beach; Sons: John Pooler Jr and wife Rhonda of Auburn; Jason Pooler and wife Peggy of North Waterboro; Jay Pooler and wife Nicole of Auburn; Grandchildren: Jamison, Michaela, Matthew, Jacob and Marissa, Step-grandchildren Jeffrey Bowden his wife Amanda and son Rowan, Ashley and Jessica; Brother Rodney Pooler and wife Marilyn of Florida; Mother in law, Myrtle Hicks of Portland; Sister in law Nancy Wakem and husband Gary of Scarborough along with many nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Sidney and Marion Pooler; sister Sandra Stephens; and father in law Hartley Hicks.

The family would like to thank the Maine Veteran’s Home in Scarborough for the care and compassion they showed Jack over the past five and a half years. From the endless hours of physical therapy, to nursing care and activities, Jack was always given the best care. Also, a thank you to all the friends he and Barbara made with other Veterans and spouses staying at the home.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Maine Veteran’s Home would be a great honor to Jack’s life and military service helping other residents of the MVH.


  • Sidney Pooler, Father (deceased)
  • Marion Pooler, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Pooler, Wife
  • John Raymond Pooler, Jr. (Rhonda Pooler), Son
  • Jason Pooler (Peggy Pooler), Son
  • Jay Pooler (Nicole Pooler), Son
  • Jamison Pooler, Grandson
  • Michaela Pooler, Granddaughter
  • Matthew Pooler, Grandson
  • Jacob Pooler, Grandson
  • Marissa Pooler, Granddaughter
  • Jeffrey Bowden (Amanda Bowden), Step Grandson
  • Rowan Bowden, Step Great Grandson
  • Ashley, Step Granddaughter
  • Jessica, Step Granddaughter
  • Rodney Pooler (Marilyn Pooler), Brother
  • Sandra Stephens, Sister (deceased)
  • Hartley Hicks, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Myrtle Hicks, Mother-in-law
  • Nancy Wakem (Gary Wakem), Sister-in-law

  • Maine Veterans Home


  • Visiting Hours

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020


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Daniel Frederick

July 1, 2020

Love and sympathy from all the Frederick Family near and far.

Crystal Pooler Merry

June 28, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My condolences to you Barb and your family in this tough time. In my younger days I remember Jack always stopping by in his VW bug think it was yellow. I thought that was the coolest.
Then in the past years visiting him at the Veterans home with the church. Singing Christmas Carol's I would go over and he knew who I was so did Barb after all these years. It was hard seeing him but that twinkle in his eye and the grin was priceless. RIP Jack and fly high till we meet again. God be with the family and a big hug Barb hold onto the memories ❤🙏

Gary & Nancy Wakem

June 28, 2020

Barbara, our hearts are broken for you, the boys, and their families.
We have so many wonderful past memories from going to track meets, concerts,playing cards and games and going out to dinner with the gang, and enjoying the pool in the summer. John fought a long and hard battle and now we hope he is resting in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we send you all our love.

Sharon Renault

June 28, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Pooler family. Jack is now at rest and may your family find strength and peace in the coming days.
Sharon Renault

Leeann Fournier

June 27, 2020

I will always remember your smile John. And my heart goes out to your beautiful wife n family. I was so very honored to be able to be your hairdresser at the vetrans home. I enjoy seeing you very much. Thank you for your service ♥️ You will be greatly missed

Charlene Burke

June 26, 2020

Barbara, John, Jason and Jay, so sorry about your loss. My memories of Jack, is being a great friend, neighbor, funny man, and the list could go on. Jack and Barbara were a lot of fun, at our cook out, playing card's and just sitting around talking and telling jokes. We miss the good old day's. One night, he called and told me a joke, I laughed so hard and long that I slipped out of the chair and under the table. Our love to all of you, if there is a service and we can make it, let us know. Give your Mom a big hug and tell her how sorry we are.

Paul Adams

June 26, 2020

God Bless you Jack! Having known the Pooler family for many years, I have felt like they were my family. Jack always had a smile and kind word for you. I will miss that. John, Jason and Jay you are a lot like your father, God Bless you! Barbara, As soon as we can, I have a big hug for you.
With Love, Paul