John Cyril Poling
1958 - 2020
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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.

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Published in Legacy on Jun. 29, 2020.
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May 25, 2020
So sorry for your loss hope you will be okay if you ever need a place to EXSCAPE to please get hold of us I know it's been a long time but we go way back and we are here for you it would be great to see you again❤love you!
Bob Zawacki
May 24, 2020
RIP Jack...grateful to have met through Alison here in Vero Beach. Being a NJ native myself, always an extra bond lies within us all. ❤
Pam Goldfarb
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
As a new comer to the very tight knit crew of Haven Beach in the summer '76, Jack stood out as welcoming and kind. Whenever I saw him through the years he demonstrated the same sensitive nature. He always spoke as if he was looking out for you and sincerely cared. He had that rare quality.

I appreciated his love of photography. I believe he was a true artist. And his love for surfing. He had some of the best stories about surfing. (Turtle the size of a mattress, really Jack?) And he arbitrarily knew stuff about plants and gave us some great advise.

I saw his love for Alison first hand and how the two of them filled each other perfectly. I felt so privileged to witness their wedding.

It is sad knowing that he is no longer here. My heart goes out to you Alison. Please know Jack will be remembered in the fondest way.

Beverly Laird
Friend
May 20, 2020
Jackie was always a sweet person who shared his love of Long Beach Island and the beach with everyone through his eyes and the art of filming. I remember going to the Haven Beach club house and seeing my first surf movie that Jack had filmed with our whole gang!!! So much fun and joy! He was a leader and role model for his younger brother Clark and the other younger boys like my brother Ed. I have spent many hours just watching people surf, and Jack is one of the reasons why. Jack you are already missed by so many but never forgotten.!!
Amy Moranz
Friend
May 20, 2020
God bless Jack.
Kathy Hansen
Family
May 19, 2020
A sweet soul. You will be missed by many.
Bettina Halla
Friend
May 19, 2020
We only had the pleasure of knowing Jack for a brief while. He was a warm, kind and lovely person. We miss seeing his smiling face during his evening strolls with Alison. He will be missed.
Lauren and Mark
Neighbor
May 19, 2020
Dan and I are so grateful we were able to Get to know Jack, and spend quality time in New Orleans & Sausalito with he and his wife, Alison.
Donna Turner
Friend
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