Poul was one of the smartest, fair, toughest men I knew. He gave me a job in the machine shop when no one else would. I owe him a large debt of gratitude that I have tried to pay forward through life. I think Poul would have been happy to know that his chance paid off as I eventually earned his corner office. Please know that your loved one had a special place in this life to a lot of us.
Poul once told me this story of sailing into a port in India. There, local workers were either loading or unloading a cargo of coal. By the end of the day, they were covered in black dust from head to toe. The next day, the workers came back just as covered in black as the day before. Poul, therefore, arranged with the captain of the ship to have a shower set up for the workers by the end of the day, so that they could head
home fresh and clean.
Dear Tora, We are very sad to hear of Poul's passing. He was one of very few Danish people we knew as "family" in the U.S. We enjoyed visiting him and his family in Connecticut, being served with Maine lobster, look at his garden, and talk about Mystic Seaport and olden days in Denmark and U.S. with him. We will miss him. Erik, Lone and children Irene, Eva, and Finn.
My Uncle Poul was one of my most favorite people. He always told "it" as he saw it and with his dry sense of humor, I looked forward to hearing how he saw the world. His experiences in Denmark, his time in the Merchant Marines gave me a unique outlook on my very American sensibilities. While I never thought of him as a "warm" person, he surprised me after my husband died when he took me aside and gave me the hope I needed to make it through my grief. I will miss him greatly but I will always remember.
We are sorry to learn of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barry & Dorothy Thomas