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Poole, Russell W.

Russell Warren Poole, a longtime resident of Dedham, died Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Needham.  He was 78.  Russell was born July 7, 1942 in Norwood, Massachusetts, the son of Warren Henry and Rose E. (Austin) Poole.  He enlisted in the US Army in September of 1960 and served until his honorable discharge in 1963.  Russell worked for 21 years as the business manager for the Marshfield Center Garage.  He was a member of American Legion Post 18 of Dedham and served as a Dedham Town Meeting Member for District 2 for many years.  He was also a member of the Allin Congregational Church in Dedham.  Russell is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly Louise (Cassie) Poole and his two sons, John B. Poole of South Yarmouth and David R. Poole, and his wife Dana, of Belmont, California; as well as his sister Jane E. Cobb of Florida, and his five grandchildren, Zachary, Haley, Charlie, Heidi, and Harry Poole.  He was predeceased by his infant grandson William Poole.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 9, 2020 from 4 to 8 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham. Masks are required to enter the building. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service Saturday at 11 am at Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham with military honors.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026 would be appreciated.   

Guestbook Entries

  1. Mike Welch
    October 7th, 2020 | 9:49 am

    My deepest condolences to Russ’ family.

    I will remember Russ fondly for his dedication and service to the Town of Dedham, and his active investments in the School Building Rehabilitation Committee. We had many conversations about the children of Dedham, and their need for quality schools. He always wanted to work for what is best for kids.

    Rest peacefully, my friend.

    Mike Welch
    Superintendent
    Dedham Public Schools

  2. Heather Stratton Williams
    October 7th, 2020 | 12:18 pm

    Dave, John and Beverly,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

    Heather Williams and family

  3. Damon Carter
    October 7th, 2020 | 2:20 pm

    Russ was such an ardent community activist, to the benefit of Riverdale and all of Dedham; it will seem strange to attend town meetings and not see him there.
    Bev, my heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time, you have my sincerest condolences.

  4. James O’Brien
    October 7th, 2020 | 4:40 pm

    With my Greatest Sympathy

    Russell will will be fondly remembered for his dedication to our Town and his timely sense of humor ! With a twinkle in his eye Russell always offered an opinion that was a sensible critique ! Russell’s presence at our meetings will be missed for both his wit and sharp mind. We have lost a good friend and comrade !

    Russell’s time spent with us will remain in our memories
    Jay O’Brien
    Planning Board Town of Dedham

  5. October 8th, 2020 | 6:24 pm

    Remembering Russ from high school to present brings us joy for over 60 years. We will be celebrating our 60 Class Reunion this year and Russ was so looking forward to it. It was a pleasure working with him over many years as Town Meeting Members, talking to him from time to time about Town Politics or just catching up with members of our class. Back in April, 2018 we joined with history teacher, Michael Medeiros and his sophomore class answer questions about our personal lives back them as we joined the “Storytellers” group. We met for several weeks and had such a memorable time. We are certainly going to miss you “big guy” with your wit, intelligence and love of our Town. Rest in Peace.

  6. Susan Akie
    October 10th, 2020 | 12:10 pm

    My condolences to Bev and family. – Sue Akie

  7. October 11th, 2020 | 4:36 pm

    Bev you have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband. I am around the corner if you need ANYTHING. GOD bless you and your children at this time. Time heals RIP Russ.

  8. Nancy J Clement
    October 15th, 2020 | 11:23 pm

    We will all miss Russ for his dedication to Riverdale and the rest of the Town. Russ and I had many conversations about Riverdale past and present and the Riverdale Congregational Church– a true “Riverdale Rat” for sure.
    Enjoyed his sense dry sense of humor. The Dedham Storytellers program at DHS won’t be the same without Russ. He so loved sharing stories of Dedham gone by and his love of all things Riverdale!
    My sympathy goes out to the Poole family and thanks for sharing Russ with all of us in town. Rest in peace Russ.

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