Charles A. Poole Sr.

September 11, 1927October 5, 2020

Charles Alvin Poole, Sr., 93, passed at home on October 5, 2020. He was born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut, attended Bristol High School and graduated from Cheshire Academy. He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Lillian (Szydlowski) Poole. He was the son of the late Alvin and Josephine (Delaney) Poole.

Charles is further survived by two sons, Charles A Poole, Jr. and wife, Patricia, of Stoneham, Massachusetts and Thomas G Poole and wife, Karen, of Southington, Connecticut, one grandson, Charles A Poole, III and wife, Andrea, of Winchester, Massachusetts and two great granddaughters, Riley and Nora.

He enlisted and served in the United States Navy in World War II, earning Pacific Theater and World War II medals. Upon discharge, and after a brief stint with the United States Postal Service, Charles commenced a 42 year career in the newspaper industry as Circulation Director and later Advertising Director of his hometown Bristol Press. During his tenure at the newspaper, he served as the President of the New England Association of Circulation Managers.

He devoted much of his time and energy to family and youth organizations. Charles was a Past President of the Bristol Boys Club Older Member Association, Co-Director of the National Atwood Chevrolet/Bristol Press Soap Box Derby Championships, and Director of the multi-time Connecticut and Northeastern States Champion Connecticut Yanks Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Bristol.

Upon retirement, Charles and Lillian moved to Vero Beach, Florida where they spent 28 wonderful years prior to moving back to Connecticut. An avid golfer, he found the climate well suited to his passion. For 21 years he held the position of Head Starter at the Johns Island Country Club of Vero Beach.

Due to the current pandemic there will not be any calling hours. A memorial service and burial with full military honors will be private. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences please visit

As per the wishes of the family memorial donations may be made to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, either online at or by check to address below: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 203, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Ref: Event ID 2380376-MEM-


  • Lillian (Szydlowski) Poole, Loving Wife
  • Charles A. Poole Jr. & Patricia, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Thomas G. Poole & Karen, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Charles A. Poole III & Andrea, |Grandson
  • Riley & Nora, Great-Granddaughters

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Sharon Pronovost

October 12, 2020

Dear Lil, Charle & Patti, Tom & Karen,
I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. So many fond memories of the DuPont’s and Poole’s when I was growing up. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon (DuPont) Pronovost

Jack Hines

October 10, 2020

Tom, my wife Beverly and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dad. There is very little one can say or do at a time like this, but I wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember your Mom & Dad as two of the nicest people I had the pleasure of knowing when you and I worked together at the Bank You have my most sincere condolences.

Patricia Smith Zappone

October 7, 2020

Mrs. Poole, Charley, Tommy and family. I spent many special years in Prospect Drum Corps and the CT Yanks. I will always remember Mr. Poole and his kindness, sternness and sense of humor. Please accept Frank's and my condolences. The drum corps world has lost one of its foremost representatives but our memories will shine brighter for having known him.

Theresa Gaffney

October 6, 2020

Charlie and Patty,

So sorry for your loss. Will keep you father in our prayers.

Tree and Brian

Paul Mason

October 6, 2020

Lil and family, condolences to you all on your loss.

Like so many others, Charlie was a major influence on my life, starting with my struggling paperboy career... But it is memories of our years together with the Ct Yanks Fife and Drum Corps that I'll always remember!

The occasional butt-chewing aside, I think back those times with awe at those great performances, and with wistful merriment at all of those great times with those wonderful people. Thanks Charlie for sharing your vision with us!


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