Robert James "Bob" Poirier (1952 - 2017)

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Robert "Bob" James Poirier was born to Leopold (Frenchie) and Carol Poirier in Anchorage, Alaska, on Dec. 27, 1952. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 31, 2017, in Olympia, Wash.
Robert was a lifelong Alaskan. He attended Sand Lake Elementary, Mears Junior High and Dimond High School. He was an avid hunter and fisherman from a very early age. Robert joined the U.S. Army, in 1970, serving in Germany as a tanker in an armored unit. He received an honorable discharge in 1973. Robert joined the Anchorage Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 367 in 1974. He became a journeyman pipefitter and worked in many remote locations in Alaska. He retired from the union, in 2012, after completion of major projects in Seward, Alaska. He was struck by the beauty of Seward and lived there after retiring until he needed to move to Seattle, Wash., for medical treatment. Robert was also a hunting guide and commercial fisherman. His vessel, "Wild Goose," was his pride and joy. His love for Alaska was unending. He was the epitome of an Alaskan man and his love for hunting, fishing and the natural beauty of Alaska drew him back. Following in his father's footsteps, he perfected a smoked salmon recipe/technique that was "off the charts" delicious.
Due to medical necessity, Robert moved to Olympia in 2014. He gained over two years of life due to a successful liver transplant and was overjoyed and grateful for every minute.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Leopold and Caroline Poirier. He is survived by his daughter, Stace Nicholson and grandson Justin Nicholson of Green Bay, Wis.; his siblings and in-laws, David Poirier of Oakdale, Calif., Dana Poirier of Cocoa Fla., Shelley Lynch (Dan) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Dennis Poirier (Lisa) and Louise Wood (Steve), all of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by nephews, Charles and Ashley Poirier of California; nieces, Cami and Jade Wood, Danielle Poirier of Anchorage and Carissa Poirier of Columbus, Ga.; and great-niece, Caliana Holt of Columbus, Ga. Robert also leaves many cousins in Alaska and throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a countless number of lifetime friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 49th State Brewing Company, formerly Snow Goose Restaurant, on Aug. 6, 2017, at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request that you consider donating to United Network for Organ Sharing at
Funeral arrangements were provided by Funeral Alternatives in Lacey, Wash.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2017
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