Welcome to the memorial page for

Donald George Poole

April 10, 1933 ~ March 14, 2013 (age 79)


Celebration of Life
April 5, 2013

2:00 PM
Oaks Pioneer Church
Portland, Oregon

POOLE, DONALD GEORGE, (D.G.) 4-10-1933 – 3-14-13 Born to Stanley A. and Anna L. (Gottschalk) of Sellwood, Portland, Oregon. Educated at Sellwood Grade School, Cleveland High School ’51. B.A. Business Administration, Lewis & Clark College '57. He retired as an auditor after 32 years with Consolidated Freightways in 1995. Don was born into the Gottschalk and Poole business families of Sellwood. The Pooles arrived in Sellwood after homesteading south of The Dalles during the 1880s. In the 1930s, one would find the Poole Grocery on one side of 17th, then the Gottschalk Tavern across the street on 17th Ave., today known as the Sellwood Inn. His grandfather was Wilhelm (Bill) Gottschalk, of recent Selllwood BEE history features. Don was an early renaissance man. History, fishing and collecting old acoustic opera records from the dawn of the recording age were Don's life passions. Ultimately, his son and he amassed nearly 5,000 early recordings dating from 1899-1921 by collecting together. He started collecting records after being enamored with the voice of Enrico Caruso. Many of these records are very rare and historical artifacts. He cultivated several hobbies and interests and very well-read. Member of the Portland Rose Society and a certified American Rose Society judge. By the end of the 1960s, he was one of the preeminent rose exhibitors and competitors, ringing off "Best of Show" awards at many rose shows up and down the I-5 Corridor each June. He was an original season ticket holder of the former "Portland Buckaroos” hockey team, rarely missing a game from 1960-1974. He had his 2 seats, in Sec. 114, Row A, Seats 5 & 6; right on the ice, just off to the right of the home goal in Memorial Coliseum that he would share with Kirk and Dana. Don never missed any of his daughter's little league & high school basketball, volleyball and softball games and attended most practices. He became a friend to all and yelled at a referee or two along the way. At the end of games it wasn't unusual for Don to treat the entire team to pizza and or ice cream. Don had no siblings and is predeceased by both his mother and father. Surviving Don are his daughter, Dana McKillop (Tom), and his son Kirk J. Poole (Cristie), Grandchildren, Bryn McKillop, Joseph Poole and Emily Poole. His cousin, Elsie Heinemann (Tschida) survives as well. He lived here his entire life. Ultimately, complications from Parkinson’s claimed him. The family wants to express their profound appreciation Don received under their care of Reedwood on SE Francis St. for the past 10 years. They took good care of him and greatly enhanced Don’s quality of life while he neared the end run with his condition. Thank you. Don had one of the funniest, driest senses of humor that is almost legendary. Many 'sayings' attributable to him still go on being said, somewhere, by someone in Oregon. He's up there casting a line now. He can get around again. He's sure to be busy fishing away right now, as his body hurts him no longer. And, no doubt he’s having his usual GOOD cigar.

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