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Donald E. Poole

August 17, 1932 December 20, 2017
Donald  E. Poole
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Obituary for Donald E. Poole

Donald E. Poole, 85, a 55-year resident of Hyde Park, died at his home on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Born on August 17, 1932 in Jamaica, Queens, he was the son of the late Donald E. Poole, Sr. and Gertrude (Van Velsor) Poole. At the age of 10, the family relocated to their farm in Rensselaerville, NY.

After graduating high school, Don proudly served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956.

Following his service in the Navy he was hired by IBM in Kingston and worked on the SAGE Air Defense system at Stewart Air Force Base before being transferred to the Kingston site where he worked as a Product Test Engineer. Don had a successful 36-year career at IBM until his retirement in 1989. In retirement, he worked at the former Crispell’s Hardware Store in Hyde Park.

Donald was a former member of the Hyde Park Lions Club. He was an avid golfer and golfed in an IBM League at the Red Hook Golf Club. Additionally, he enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, and working in his vegetable garden. He liked to work with his hands.

On July 18, 1952 in Cairo, NY, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Virginia Weeks. Mrs. Poole predeceased him in October 1996.

Donald is survived by his son, Stephen C. Poole, and his wife, Catherine, of Boynton Beach, FL; Daniel T. Poole, and his companion, Janina Silva, of Southbury, CT; daughter, Diana S. Poole, of Jacksonville, FL; nine grandchildren: Brittany, Olivia, Stephen, Savanah, Thomas, Matthew, Rebecca, Marianna, and Drew; great-grandson, Roman; and several nieces and nephews, especially his niece, Ruth Mehl.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Dot, and a brother, Dave.

Calling hours will be from 4-7pm on Saturday, December 23rd at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park.  

A funeral service will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 26th at the funeral home. Rev. Arlene Wilhelm will be officiating.

Burial will follow in the family plot at Union Cemetery of Hyde Park.

In lieu of flowers, Donald’s family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, Hudson Valley Region, 301 Manchester Rd., Suite 105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845-867-5370,, or, to a veteran’s charity of your choice.

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Cemetery Details


Union Cemetery Final Resting Place

1076 Violet Ave.
Hyde Park, NY 12538

1076 Violet Ave. Hyde Park 12538 NY
United States

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