Donald George Poole

Born: Mon., Apr. 10, 1933
Died: Thu., Mar. 14, 2013


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Fri., Apr. 05, 2013
Location: Oaks Pioneer Church


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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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Merle & Peggy Davis
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
I worked with Don Poole at Consolidated Freightways. He contributed to the youth ministry of Bridal Veil Community Church. Because of his generosity, children were able to enjoy a constructive week at camp. He cared and it was lived out by his concern for others. Merle & Peggy Davis

Kathy Whitley
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
I cut Donald's hair for the past 10 years at Reedwood Care Center.... I will miss his visits as I cut his hair every few months:) No matter how he felt he would always seem to be positive and tell me about what's going on with his kids and grandkid's :) and how many "Bingo Bucks" he had won..... He will be missed around there!!!









Bob Bowden
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
I joined CF in Sept. of 1967 fresh out of Oregon State. As a trainee, I was seated at a desk with Don immediately behind me. Back then it was OK to smoke on the job. The air was thick with smoke, but I believe Don had to smoke his cigars outside. I recognized Don's good character right away. I alway considered him a friend and one of the good guys in our department.

I'm saddened by his passing, but happy for the full and good life he experienced.

Tiffany Wilson
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
I met Don while working a part-time, student position in the Rate Audit department at CF. I should note that my parents worked at CF, and had worked with Don in the Rate Audit department. As a result, Don and a few other auditors took it upon themselves to "watch over me". Don was always kind and shared his love of opera. One of my fondest memories was his retirement lunch. Typically, folks who were about to retire were treated to a fancy lunch to which they could invite a few friends and family. However, Don took a much more generous route, and requested a catered lunch for the whole department. I will always remember Don's generosity. He was a kind soul.

Valerie Rigdon
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
I worked at CF with Don from 1965 until he retired. Don was a really nice guy; was never in a bad mood as far as I knew and laughed easily. It was always fun to listen to what he was up to - - - especially with his roses. One time he brought in a long stemmed rose he was going to take to a competition. He gave it to someone, I'm not sure who, to keep for the day. Well, that person didn't have a vase long enough for the rose so they cut it off. Don was unhappy as it had to be "long stemmed" to be in the competition. It was a beautiful rose and Don took his dissapointment well.

Bill Bagby
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
"INCORRIGIBLY AFFABLE" - perhaps, a universal observation describing DGP, a well learned man, conservatively speaking, who could muse with the veracity of William F. Buckley - yet with a Vincent Price demeanor and an Andy Warhol delivery, his subjects might think they'd been entertained by Will Rogers and George Carlin.
LO, even Jeff Foxworthy and Gallagher might admire the 'offerings' attending HIS veracity, wink, wink!
Dear 'Cess', we love ya' man an' upon arrival where we know Ye be goin' - carry on with Margaret Thatcher's warmest wishes' - "Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus." Godspeed, friend.

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