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Richard "Dick" K. Pooler

March 22, 1932 ~ January 8, 2018 (age 85)

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MARCH 22, 1932 - JANUARY 8, 2018



Richard K. “Dick” Pooler passed away after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma  on Monday, January 8, 2018.   He was born and raised in Portland, Maine.   He spent many happy summers at his grandparent’s home in Camden, Maine where he developed his lifelong love of the ocean while sailing the beautiful waters of Camden harbor.

Dick moved with his family to Tucson, Arizona in 1950 where he graduated from both the University of Arizona and the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management.  He embarked on a career in the oil industry working for Chevron, Tidewater, Phillips Petroleum and eventually owned the petroleum distributorships, San Francisco Petroleum Company and International Marine Fuels.

Dick met the love of his life, Jacqueline Frances Ratchford in New York City, and after being transferred to California, they settled in the Bay Area to raise their family of six children.

Dick had many dear friends and enjoyed their company whether traveling the world, playing tennis at Round Hill Country Club or volunteering in the community.

He was an avid walker and walked nearly every day of his life around the track at San Ramon High, up and down Montair Drive and then on the Iron Horse Trail in Danville. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacquie, and his daughter, Lynn Marie Valkema.  He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Oetzel (Stephen), Gail Hubbard (Roderick), Susan Zlimen (Igor) and sons, Craig Pooler and Keith Pooler (Julia).  He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Choate of Flagstaff, Arizona and Sue Wagner of Reno, Nevada. He especially enjoyed spending time with his fourteen grandchildren and was an eager and supportive fan of their many activities.

He loved both his church and community and was a member of the Knights of Columbus of the Danville Council and also a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Holy Spirit Assembly.   He also gave his time to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St Isidore Catholic Church.

The family wishes to thank Kaiser Hospice as well as Ricky and Marie Lucio for their compassionate caregiving.

A Memorial Mass and reception will be held Friday, January 26 at 10:30 am at St Isidore Catholic Church in Danville.  Private interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette, CA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities of the East Bay, or The St. Vincent de Paul Society.  

 Service Information

Memorial Mass
January 26, 2018

10:30 AM
St. Isidore's Catholic Church
440 La Gonda Way
Danville, CA 94526

Private Interment

Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1965 Reliez Valley Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

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