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William A. Poulsen


1938 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
William A. Poulsen Obituary
It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. William Anthony Poulsen passed away on May 31, 2017. He was born in Los Angeles on November 28, 1938 to Alfred and Sonia Poulsen. Bill grew up in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles with his siblings, Jill and Karen. In his youth, he was a star swimmer and hiked most of the John Muir trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Bill attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was an active member of Sigma Chi fraternity and valued the time spent with his fraternity brothers who remained lifelong friends. Bill was in the United States Armed Forces Reserve and was called to duty with many of his University friends at the time of the Berlin Crisis. The Unit was one of the first to be activated and all members were required to have a top clearance. While stationed at Fort Devens, Massachusetts for the duration, lifelong friendships were forged. In 1962, he married the love of his life, Marie (Kanne) Poulsen, and they have been married for fifty-four years. They lived in Glendale for a short time before settling in Pasadena where they raised their three children. Bill built a business that became a first name in automated ingredient handling, storage and processing systems across the United States and around the world. He remained working with ship unloading systems until the time of his death. Bill was an enthusiast of deep sea fishing, USC Trojan football, and golf. He was an active member of the Wilshire Country Club and the Jonathon Club for close to fifty years. Bill's legacy continues through his sons Bill Poulsen Jr (Kristin), Mark, his daughter Hilary Gilles (Mike) and eight grandchildren, Will, Paige, Jack, Ben, Isabel, Kate, Grace and Lauren. Bill was known as a man of conviction, love of country and devotion to family. He loved planning family trips and events and sharing a life with his children as they married and had children of their own. He loved entertaining at his home and was known as an outstanding host that centered on his barbecuing expertise, one-handed basketball prowess, and welcoming his children's friends. A celebration of his life will be held at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena on June 16 at 1:30. A reception will follow. Services entrusted to Cabot & Sons, Pasadena.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 11, 2017
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