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James Wesley Poole

February 3, 1926

October 11, 2023

With great love and cherished memories, we sadly announce the passing of our father. Our dad, who was born in Burnaby to George and Jessie Poole, has left us. He was the last member of his generation and was preceded in death by his wife Doris, as well as his brothers Don and Wilf. However, his legacy lives on through his four children: Rob (Kathy), Dave (Karla), Jan (Roger), and Denise. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Dad’s childhood was spent in Burnaby until the age of 10 when his family moved to West Vancouver. During his early years, he enjoyed caddying on local golf courses, spending time with his brothers and lifelong friends at the beaches and rivers, as well as indulging in hiking and skiing on the majestic North Shore mountains. As a teenager, he worked at Sewell’s marina, assisting with fishing charters. At 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. Although the war ended before reaching England, he spent a year overseas before returning home.

Upon his return to Canada, dad completed his shipwright apprenticeship and worked alongside his father in the construction of houses. Recognizing dad’s potential, his brother Don encouraged him to pursue night school courses, enabling him to transition from physical labor to office work. It was during this time that he crossed paths with mom while working at BA Oil. They married in 1953 and settled in the house he and his father built in West Vancouver. Shortly after, their sons Rob and Dave were born. Dad’s career led their family to various locations, including a residence in Fraser Mills and ultimately Tsawwassen, where daughters Jan and Denise completed their family. After a fulfilling 20-year tenure at UBC, dad retired at the youthful age of 54. This marked the beginning of a new chapter for him and mom as they settled into island life in Schooner Cove.

Throughout their years together, mom and dad joyously welcomed family and friends into their home, hosting countless celebratory meals, birthdays, and anniversaries. These gatherings created cherished memories that will forever remain in our hearts. During the rainy west coast seasons, mom and dad sought solace in warm travels to destinations such as Hawaii, Fiji, Florida, and various desert locations. Dad delighted in the recollections of their European river boat adventures and North American cruises.

In more recent times, dad relocated to South Surrey to be closer to Doris and his three eldest children. Our dad’s legacy is intertwined with numerous unforgettable moments: feasting on crab from Boundary Bay, engaging in winemaking projects with his friends, demonstrating his woodworking skills through furniture construction, and his unwavering love for the great outdoors, including his dedication to running and hiking. Furthermore, he took immense pride in building his retirement home, enjoying prawning and salmon fishing, and his achievement of Life Master status in duplicate bridge. Above all, his children fondly remember his wry sense of humor, a quality that they have inherited and treasure.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the compassionate and patient staff at the Residence at Morgan Heights for their exceptional care. Dad’s memory will forever be etched in our hearts, and we find comfort in the love and reminiscences we shared during his time with us.

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