Jackie passed away peacefully at The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami with his loving wife, Alison Bowden, by his side. This was his third battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Jackie and Alison had resided in Vero Beach, FL, since Alison's move from San Francisco in September of 2013, just two months after reconnecting with Jackie through a mutual childhood friend on Facebook.
Jackie's most cherished memories were of his summers in Haven Beach, NJ, where he would surf, walk the beach and hang out with his tight-knit group of friends, amongst them his childhood sweetheart Alison. He learned to surf early on, stealing a brother's board until he got his own. His love of the ocean and sun continued throughout his life. During his last months, when he was not able to get on his board and not in a medical care facility, he and Alison would walk to the ocean late every afternoon. Throughout his life Jackie loved to walk on the beach to soak in the sun and sea air.
Jackie was the gentlest of souls: always kind, giving, and selfless; always putting others before himself; intelligent and sensitive. He was a beautiful and special person.
Jackie was born in the Princeton Hospital to Edward L. Poling, who predeceased his son by five years, and Elizabeth B. Poling, who predeceased her son by two years. He attended The Peddie School in New Jersey where his AV teacher gave him a project that began his lifelong calling of photographer, videographer and filmmaker, with a focus on watersport documentaries. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida. He is survived by his wife, Alison Bowden, his children Kelsey (fiancee, Brandon Bixler), Spencer and Colby of Orlando, Florida, and his brothers Clark, Daniel and Barclay.
Celebrations of life will be held in New Jersey and Florida at later dates.
Published in Legacy on Jun. 29, 2020.