Carl Sherman Poole Jr., of Pemaquid Harbor, passed away at the Harbor View Cottage on Feb. 10, his 74th birthday. His loving family was at his bedside, including his cousin, Sonya.
Carl was born in Damariscotta in 1945, the son of Carl Sr. and Gail Merrill Poole, as his father shoveled the parking lot at Miles Memorial Hospital. Carl was a 1963 graduate of Bristol High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, during which time he marched in John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession in Washington, D.C.
On May 31, 1969, Carl married Emily J. Cotton, in Augusta. He began his work at Poole Brothers’ Lumber Company as a teen, and then owned and operated the business until 2005.
Carl was a 50-year member of the Bristol Masonic Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite of Augusta and Kora Temple of Lewiston, and the Maine Consistory – Valley of Portland 32nd Degree. He was a Director of The First National Bank from 1984 until 2015.
Carl loved to be on his boat with friends, on Moosehead Lake or in the Gut in South Bristol. Carl’s greatest passion was his business that he built from a one location lumber yard, to a three-store retail lumber company. The legacy of his business is his cherished employees and faithful customers. Some of his favorite times were laughing with his good friends.
Surviving are his wife, Emily of Pemaquid; son, Joseph C. Poole and fiancee Andrea Bailey and her son Quinton of Phillips; daughter, Tiffany Poole Lott and husband Ralph Lott and grandchildren, Bren and Meredith of New Hartford, N.Y.; sister, Nancy Poole Gavel and husband Peter Gavel of Florida; nephew, Tommy Gavel and family of Connecticut; several Poole cousins; and Buster Poole, his cat.
A memorial service for Carl will be held at 10 a.m., Fri., Feb. 15 at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle, with the Rev. Rick Newell officiating. A gathering will be held at The Harbor Room in New Harbor immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Community Energy Fund of Lincoln County, PO Box 40, Bristol, ME 04539; Caring For Kids, PO Box 412, New Harbor, ME 04554; or Bristol First Responders, 104 South Side Rd., New Harbor, ME 04554.
Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.