Robert W. Poole, 82, beloved husband of the late Hildegard (Reimenschneider) Poole, passed away peacefully on March 10th, 2014 at Masconomet Health Care Center in Topsfield. Born in Medford, he is the son of the late Charles F. and Anna Josephine (McCarthy) Poole. Robert grew up in Hamilton and was a graduate of Hamilton High School, class of 1949. After graduation, he attended Burdett College, but left to fight in the Korean War as a member of the United States Coast Guard. Following his service, Robert joined the Hamilton Police Department, and was appointed the first full time patrol man position in the history of the department. In 1975 he was appointed Acting Police Chief and held the position for 14 years. Robert enjoyed working with youth groups and umpiring Little League games, he was an instrumental part in setting up the Youth Commission and Recreation Commission. Upon his retirement, Robert loved spending winters down south and summers at home or at the camp in New Hampshire. Robert was a lover of golf and it led him to his job of working at the pro shop at Myopia for many years. He is survived by his beloved friend and companion Eleanor Washburn; four children: Barbara Fanning of Hamilton, Charles Poole and his wife Susan of Maryland, Michael Poole and his wife Grita of Pike, New Hampshire and Susan Ladd and her husband Tom of Buckfield, Maine; daughter in law Elizabeth Poole and her companion Tim St. Germain, who helped greatly with Roberts care; eleven grandchildren: Andrew, Nathan, Elizabeth, Jacob, Leland, Kristina, Nicole, Cody, Christopher, Michelle and Alison and three great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son Richard Poole. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Paul, 50 Union Street, Hamilton on Saturday at 9:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made in Roberts Memory to the Hamilton Police Relief Association, P.O. Box 2071, S. Hamilton, MA 01982 or the Hamilton Wenham Little League, c/o Hamilton Wenham Recreational Department, 16 Union St., Hamilton, MA 01982. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbell funeral.com.
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Published in The Hamilton Chronicle from Mar. 11 to Mar. 18, 2014