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1935 - 2015
Poulsen, Richard (Dick) Passed away June 4, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, FL at the age of 80. He was born in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1935 and married Gail Martin, on April 30, 1960 in Ottawa, Canada. He earned his degree from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Canada and joined a then very young company, Digital Equipment Corporation, as its Canadian sales manager. Dick ultimately led as many as 50,000 employees and contributed nearly a third of Digital's $14 billion in sales through its Field Service Organization and its regional divisions of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and General International Area (GIA). As head of Digital's GIA through the 1980s, Dick established Digital entities and partnerships in countries all around the world contributing firsthand in Digital becoming one of America's biggest and most profitable companies in the late 1980s. Dick was an avid blue water sailor and boater, having captained long voyages on both sides of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. Several times Dick captained and crewed in the annual Marion Bermuda Yacht Race. Dick and Gail spent most of their years in Massachusetts in Andover, Marion, and Winchester before making Clearwater Beach their permanent home. Dick was known to always have his hand in projects and moves, believing that if one doesn't move, one becomes stagnant. The cause of death was Lewy Body dementia. His death closely followed that of his wife's, Gail Poulsen, who died August 1, 2014. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Chris and Connie Poulsen of Dover, MA; Shelley Poulsen and Scott Seidman of Needham, MA; and Kevin and Ann Poulsen of Wayland, MA. Dick is also survived by eight loving grandchildren, Kathryn, Diana and Abigail Poulsen; Nicole and Joshua Seidman; and Matthew, Jared and Kayla Poulsen. His family will remember his powerful presence and love, and he will be greatly missed. The remains will be cremated and the family will return to Canada for a celebration of Dick's life.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 7, 2015
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