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Steve Poole
Crossed the Bar
April 27, 2016

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Updated:  07/07/16

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Burial at Sea Ceremony
June 29, 2016

Captain Steven Douglas Poole
United States Coast Guard (Retired)
February 15, 1949 – April 27, 2016

BAS Service (pdf)
(pg 1) Captain Steven Douglas Poole
(pg 2) Opening Ceremony, Remarks, Burial Ceremony,
Conclusion & Dismissal, Crew is Dismissed

    Steven Douglas Poole “Crossed the Bar” on April 27, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind Sabrina, his wife of 25 years, daughters Katelyn and Kristen, sister Kathryn Poole Maisano, brothers Richard and Robert Poole, step-brother Hugh Smith, and a large extended family. Steve is predeceased by his parents, John F., Janice Bowne and Clara Smith Poole, also by his step brothers, Dwight and Barrey Smith.

    Steve was fiercely proud of his career in the United States Coast Guard beginning at the USCG Academy and worked up through the ranks to ‘Captain’. After retiring from active duty with the Coast Guard, he continued as a civilian, working with the Coast Guard in pollution mitigation. However, he was most proud of his wife and two daughters who provided him with constant joy and delight.

     During a recent celebration of his life, the family was heartened by how many attended. High School and Academy classmates, co-workers, neighbors, friends and family came together to remember and honor Steve Poole.

    


From: Buck Baley
To: CGA72
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:30:02 PM
Subject: [Objee72] - Steve Poole's Burial at Sea

Weather was good, seas were calm, and the boat's OinC and crew were very accommodating.

Shout out to Herb Williams, John Larned and Jim McCarthy for coming all way down to Woods Hole to join us.

Steve was escorted from Falmouth down to Woods Hole by about 12 members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle group.

After the ceremony we went with the family to the beach side British Beer Company in Falmouth for lunch and to raise a pint in memory of Steve.

All things considered, I think it went very well and although sad, it was a proper and honorable farewell to our classmate.

Below are a few pictures taken by Tiger, plus the program we developed. I'm sure the other guys also have pictures to share.

Thanks to all you guys out there that helped grease the wheels of bureaucracy to make this happen and responded to my SWABO for BAS information. It was all very helpful.

 

BAS Program (pdf)
(pg 1) Captain Steven Douglas Poole
(pg 2) Opening Ceremony, Remarks, Burial Ceremony, Conclusion & Dismissal, Crew is Dismissed

Click on pics below for larger image




    

7/6/16 - from Buck -This is one of the pictures we took at the British Beer Company at lunch following the events on the Cutter:


Left to right:
Bob Poole (brother), Rick Poole (brother and USCG vet), Elizabeth Poole (niece), Herb Williams, Kristen Poole (daughter), John Larned, Katelyn Poole (daughter), Sabrina Poole (wife), James (Tiger) McCarthy, and Buck Baley (yours truly).
     Thanks to John Larned for the picture.


From: Jim McCarthy
To: Buck Baley & CGA72
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:24:01 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole's Burial at Sea

Buck,
I compliment you on a super job to coordinate this event. I know that all whom attended thought your ³Master of Ceremonies² was nothing less than EXCEPTIONAL.

I thought the service was most sincere and extremely moving. I know Steve was proud of the You, the attendees, and those that wanted to come but couldn¹t.

BZ on a Job Well Done.

VR/ Tiger


From: Joe Kyle
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:10:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole's Burial at Sea

Yes, thanks Buck. Suffered through swab and 3/c year with Steve in Echo. We were all really close back then. Never served near each other after graduation. Was fortunate to exchange a couple of private emails while he was in hospital clearly, he was the same guy.

Glad to know we were well represented for his send off to the great unknown.

R/Joe


A Celebration of Life
June 18, 2016 - 2:00 to 6:00 pm
 

American Legion Post 162
8210 Legion Drive, Lorton VA, 22079
Read more

     If you know Steve, you know he loved a good party! Join us in a celebration of his life - share stories, meet up with new and old acquaintances, eat, drink, dance, and reminisce.

   For those of you who can't make Steve's Celebration of Life, but would like to share your "experiences" and/or anecdotes regarding Steve during or after the Academy, send them to Buck Baley, and given the chance, he'll gladly share them with Steve's family and friends. Steve married and had kids later in life (unlike some of us) -- both his daughters are currently in college -- so they may not know much of their father's Academy life or early career.  Also, if you have any pictures from that "era" you would like to share, scan and email or send them to Buck and he'll be happy to have them reproduced for the family. 

    Per Steve’s request, the Coast Guard will perform a formal military burial at sea, not open to the public. Therefore there will be no formal ceremony at this celebration.
 
   Steve's remains will be returning to Cape Cod after the ceremony with his brother Rick, via motorcycle, another fitting tribute.  First District has the paperwork they need and are trying to arrange an appropriate vessel for the burial to be scheduled sometime after 20 June, likely out of Woods Hole or some other Cape Cod unit.  Contatc Buck if you feel you would like to attend this ceremony.
 
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    June 18, 2016 - Photo taken below at Steve Poole's "rock & roll" wake at the American Legion Hall, Lorton, VA.  Missing is Pat Stillman who came after photo was taken by my wife, Anne.  -  Ben Stoppe
   
  L to R:   Dave Engan, Jeff Hill, Ben Stoppe, Tom Paar, Tom Yearout, Maggie Paar, Bob Duncan



 

1972 Yearbook

 


Class Emails

From: Arthur Butler
To: CGA72
Sent: Monday, May 2, 2016 2:55:20 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole Memorial

Very well stated, Jim.

Art

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From: James Alderson
To: CGA72
Sent: Monday, May 2, 2016 2:50:16 AM
Subject: Thank you for the memorial

I agree with Jim Morton's thoughtful observations about the memorial you created. Every classmate is precious. Every classmate lost is a tragedy. I wish I knew Steve well enough to add anything of value in comparison to the cogent remarks already made by our classmates. Thank you for creating a most appropriate memorial.

Sincerely, Jim Alderson

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From: Jim Morton
To: CGA72
Sent: Sunday, May 1, 2016 11:51:40 AM
Subject: RE: [Objee72] - Steve Poole Memorial

Thanks for sharing the link. It truly reminds us of how fragile our
existence on this planet is. The memories of Steve were always of his
infectious smile and laugh and his endless interest in doing things truly
outside the box. One such incident was the memory while our CG cutters of
anchoring at the mouth of the Thames the night before we returned to the
Academy for 3/c cruise and Steve trying to figure out if he could safely
swim ashore to call his girlfriend. Amazing.

Since 1968 we all grew up as boys together at CGA, matured as men together
mostly during our Coast Guard service, and now transition to older men as we
complete our last careers. Studying [our class] website only reminds me that
life's drumbeat is drawing nearer and that every day and every experience
needs to be embraced and celebrated. God bless all from CGA 1972 and God
bless Steve Poole and his family. He will be greatly missed.

Jim Morton

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From: Martin Eger
To: CGA72
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2016 11:20:29 AM
Subject: RE: [Objee72] - Steve Poole Memorial

Steve was in many of our prayers and had the spirit we can use as a guide.
This was another time when God had another plan. Knowing that helps but
there is an emptiness that will be with us for a while. We get to keep the
memories and revive the experiences as we get together and renew the bond.
Be with God, Steve.

Martin C. Eger

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From: Norman Henslee
To: CGA72
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2016 9:40:17 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

It's a sad time for all of us as our 20th classmate joins the heavenly '72
reunion. I hope all of you who remain are taking good care of yourselves.
Too many gone too soon. We were so hopeful for his recovery and the sudden
loss is crushing. Steve was one of a kind and a terrific classmate. I
know we will all miss him and our prayers go out to his family. * "Not for
one but for all."

Norm

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From: Rick Poole
To:  CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 5:59:00 PM
Subject: Steve Poole

Thank You All for your kind memories.

Steve & I were very close, often being accused of being twins ! We were together in high school, swim team, Coast Guard & motorcycles.

Not only was he my brother but also my best friend.
I will miss him sorely.

Rick Poole
Squadron 3
Viet Nam
USCG 1967

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From: Michael Crye <michaelcrye@hotmail.com>
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 2:48:43 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole Memorial

Like the Mason's said at Charlie Williams funeral, the Lord gives us three score and ten anymore is a gift any less is taking time away. Rest in peace Steve!

Best Regards

Michael Crye

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From: Tony Stimatz
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:21:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve's Crossing the Bar

Great guy. And the S.E.G. was his trademark.

Took me to his home once in that Opel. Did he love driving it.
 

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From: Jim Cooper
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 10:44:08 AM
Subject: Re: Steve Poole

Things like that are not supposed to happen.

I still think of us like we were in Chase Hall - young and dumb.

I now find myself thinking a lot about my classmates, their wives
and their families. Maudlin but reality.

Jim

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From: Loren Marovelli
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 10:55:17 AM
Subject: [Objee72] - Steve's Crossing the Bar


I was saddened to learn of this but always hopeful for Steve's recovery.

I last saw Steve at the 25th Reunion. Glad I went if only to see Steve for one last time.

I will always remember him for that SEG and Rat Racing his burnt orange Opel GT around the byways of New London.

Rest Well Old Friend.

MARV

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From: Francis Sambor
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 10:26:34 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Fair winds and following seas forever. Once a classmate always a classmate. Steve- haven't seen you in over forty years but you are missed.

Frank

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From: Steve Brooks
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:57:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Amen Art.
Brooksie

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From: Herbert Williams
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:56:25 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

As with all of us , I am extremely saddened by Steve's passing. My thoughts
and prayers accompany the rest of our class. He will indeed be missed.

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From: Arthur Butler
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:40:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

There is nothing for me to add. On my way to Carl Smith's son's memorial
service. Indeed, life is precious but no more so than are our classmates
to us.

Art Butler

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From: Alan Summy
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:18:34 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Objee Digest, Vol 6, Issue 97

So sorry to hear of another classmate's death. Steve was such a Happy and
strong spirited guy that you expected he would defeat his health problems
and be back to good health sooner than later. God bless both Steve and his
family.

Best regards,
Alan Summy

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From: William R. Armstrong
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:05:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Buck,

Please keep us posted on any ceremony there on the Cape. I will try to make it if possible.

Thank you,

Army

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From: Richard Buckingham
To: CGA72
Cc: "Class of '72" <objee@amajn.com>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 6:52:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Like so many of us, I too had been following Steve’s (apparent) progress via the emails over the last several weeks, and I had been very encouraged. It was a shock to check my Inbox and find out he had passed away.

We share a special bond as Classmates, and it hurts to lose yet another one. Our prayers are with Steve’s family.

- Rich & Barb Buckingham

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From: Bob Hallock
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 5:45:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Am so saddened by the news of Steve's passing. I was so hopeful that the
good news of his coming back was going to stick. We all have to appreciate
how fleeting this time we have is. Prayers for Sabrina and the whole of
Steve's family.

Broadway

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From: Michael Ragsdale
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 5:32:28 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Praying for Steve’s family...I too thought he was on the road to recovery...appreciate the info...Rags


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From: Paul Howard
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 5:20:52 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

God bless Steve and his family.
PJ

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From: FRANCIS KISHMAN
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 5:09:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Too many, gone too soon. RIP Steve, Danny, Charlie, . . . .
Frank Kishman

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From: Dennis Gillespie
To: CGA72
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 4:16:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Couldn't agree more with Tom, Kevin, et al. I really had thought Steve was going to pull through based on the last few updates Brad & others had provided. Sad, sad, sad.Denny

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From: Tom Gilmour
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:24:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Well said Kevin. I saw Steve occasionally in my last tour at HQ (and occasionally throughout my career as he was in the pollution response business). Every time I saw him I was amazed how little he had changed little with that deep booming voice and infectious laugh. He filled a room and always made you wonder what was coming next. The worries of the world did not seem to affect him. He was a joy to be around and will surely be missed. My thoughts are with his family and all of us, for losing a great friend and classmate.

Tom G

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From: Kip Lawrence
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:22:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

I just read about Steve. we lost a good classmate.
Steve said he wanted to go to sea, so I wish him
fair winds and following seas hereafter

farewell,
kip

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From: Clay Fust
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:59:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

All I can say is Damn - not fair! Steve worked so hard to get well.

RIP Steve...great classmate, and inventor of the "S.E.G."

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From: Scott Jones
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:13:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Agreed. Steve was a truly good guy. He will be missed. Condolences and prayers for his family.

Scott Jones

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From: Michael Crye
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:07:13 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Hear hear!

Best Regards

Michael Crye

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From: Ben Abilies
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:57:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole


I can imagine him looking down from heaven with that big smile across his face and thinking how did all these guys graduate together.

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From: Bob Thorton
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:47:45 PM
Subject: [Objee72] - [objee-72] Steve Poole

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing.
A great classmate and a great guy.

Bob Thornton (Thunder)

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From: Jim Underwood
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:47:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Sad news indeed. His laugh was contagious, I can hear him even now. RIP Steve.

Jim Underwood

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From: Bruce Kreger
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:59:00 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Sad news indeed, R.I.P. Steve.
Bruce Kreger

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From: James Gormanson
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:03:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

I likewise thought that Steve was on the road to recovery. Both Sharon and I will pray for him and his family.

Jim Gormanson

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From: Mark Noll
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:58:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

So sad to hear about Steve's passing, especially when he seemed to be on the mend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sabrina and the entire family as they work through their loss.

Mark Noll

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From: Ben Stoppe
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:28:45 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

I gave Buck Bob Hines e-mail address at CGHQ for the burial at sea. Bob's in charge of the overall CG Retiree Program.

Ben

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From: Rex Buddenberg
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:12:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Ouch.

Yes, farewell.


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From: John Giglio
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:11:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

This is very distressing. You’re right, Kevin, it does knock the wind out of you. Just when I thought Steve was on the mend…..

Shit.

Gigs

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From: David Engan
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:58:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Sad news to hear that my old roommate is gone. I saw him when he was in rehab in Gainesville and he was in great spirits and looking forward to getting to the next stage. We had fun sharing stories of old times.
He will be missed by all.
Dave

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From: Kevin Scheid
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:17:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Thanks Brad and Buck for letting us know.

It’s always a surprise when a classmate passes. It knocks your wind out like a punch in the stomach.

We all have our memories of classmates, but to me, Steve was a character bigger than life. He was always looking for a laugh or something fun to do Reason or physics were never limits. If he wasn’t the classmate in the most trouble and who got away with most stuff, then he was at least in the upper 1% of that group. I know there was more than one instance where he escaped death while in the pursuit of a good laugh. He was the kind of character who makes life interesting, fun and sometimes when you were really down, he made life worth living.

It seems when you are young there are people who you just expect will always be around and available to catch up and pick up where you left off. But life goes on. One day you turn around and that person is gone. So a door to an important area in your life closes and locks. And you can never go in that room again.

Steve just seemed too tough to die. But none of us are too tough to die. In fact a little part of us dies with each passing classmate.

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From: James F. McCarthy III
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:36:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

I too, am deeply saddened by Steve's passing. I swam with him on our swim
team for 3 years and he was the person that introduced me to skiing ....
Mark Noll can attest to that since I borrow his wooded skis w/metal strip
edges and returned it to Mark with a few missing. (Sorry Mark).

I will always remember Steve as a stoic individual.

Most Sincerely,
Tiger


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From: "Ben Stoppe
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:02:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Guys: So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Makes one wonder....

Rest in peace, Steve. I'm sure he's playing a good below par round up above.

Ben


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From: Steve Sheek
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:16:05 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

That is so sad. I have nothing but good memories of Steve. I don't think I
can ever remember him without a silly grin or smile, all the while thinking
of something funny. We are all richer for having known him.

Steve Sheek

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From: '"John O'Neill
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:03:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

BUCK/BRAD : So sorry to hear of Steve's passing - first Danny Benefield, now Steve. It just goes to show that life is a precious gift. I will keep Steve & Danny's families in my prayers.

"JJ"

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From: Joe Kyle
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:54:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Sad news, Steve was a great guy, fun loving with a great sense of humor.
For Buck, we used to get instructions from District(p) when I was afloat and we were asked to do a burial at sea - caveat - during the course of routine ops. You might start there, if we still have districts and personnel offices.

R/Joe

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From: Jim McEntire
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:49:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Farewell indeed classmate! Jim McE

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From: Buck Baley
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:45:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

I just got off the phone with Steve's wife, Sabrina, a little while ago.
She said she and the girls are doing as well as expected.
Steve's other brother Bob is there helping with the paperwork and details.
Steve will be cremated. She plans to hold a memorial service sometime in
June, likely about the middle of the month.
She said Steve wants to be buried at sea, so I am trying to help her make
those arrangements, possibly with a unit here on the Cape so his brother
Rick and/or I might attend. If anyone has experience or insight into
making these arrangements, please "fill me in."

Buck

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From: Buck Baley
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:54:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

I received word of Steve's passing yesterday from his brother, Rick, but he
wanted me to wait until he was sure all the family members were notified
before I put anything out.

I was in the DC area last week and was able to visit with Steve Friday
morning. He was actually looking pretty good and in good spirits. Although
he was trying to gain his weight and strength back, he was back on solid
foods, and was back at work -- three days a week in the office and two at
home.
Although the medical folks said he was free of the cancer, he was still
receiving an addition series of "precautionary" chemo treatments.
Apparently he was in for one this past Tuesday, came home, then passed away
sometime during the night.

I am in contact with his brother, so will try and get the word out whenever
I receive any information about final arrangements.

With great sadness, but many fond memories,

Buck

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From: Brad Niesen
To: CGA72
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:47:07 PM
Subject: [Objee72] - Steve Poole

Classmates,

I learned on Wednesday that Steve passed away in his sleep Tuesday night. Have not seen anything official from the family but wanted to let you know.

Farewell Steve,

Brad 

 



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