Allan Edward (Ed) Poolton
March 3, 1945 – December 25, 2022
On what is his favourite holiday of the year, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer, Ed passed into God’s great glorious promise on Christmas Day at home with his family gathered as he had hoped.
Husband to his beloved Sandra for over 53 years, they lived a life together filled with joy, hope and love that they shared with their friends and family whenever they could. Anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and nearly any other excuse meant a chance to bring people together for a celebration and Ed couldn’t wait to invite people into the next gathering often filled with a musical interlude or impromptu sing-a-long.
Ed was an incredibly faithful father to Paul (Sharla) and Jeff (Jennifer) and the grandfather everyone wished they had to Charlotte, Aaron and Tyler. His passion for following his family around from hockey games and music concerts to horse shows and cadet events showed everyone that they were the most important priority in his world and whether it was 5am on the way to the rink or across the province at a Cadet Camp, he was going to be there for you.
Predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law Dave (Janet), Ed is survived by his loving sisters Fran (Dave) and Ruth Anne (Tom) and brother-in-law Mark (Hélène) who were as close as best friends even though they spent most of their lives hours apart. Their love and support for Ed and Sandra during this time will always be remembered and thank you doesn’t really say what needs to be said.
Throughout Ed’s life he has known his Saviour had a place prepared for him and that faith has brought him comfort through all his life and even more so through his last weeks of battling with a disease that quickly took his strength and health. A lifelong member of the Anglican Church and a passionate follower of Christ, he has inspired his family and friends by his example. Being active in parish life starting as a server in his younger days through his tireless work on numerous parish councils, diocesan committees, lay liturgical leadership roles and even leading Sunday School, his life of faith shone throughout his years in the church and continue as an example to many.
Ed will certainly be missed by his friends and colleagues in the Masonic Lodge and in the Shriners where he continued even recently to support people in the community through their charitable acts.
Always proud of his northern roots, his stories of Kapuskasing and Northern Ontario will live on for generations as we all continue to fondly remember those parts of his life he couldn’t wait to share every chance he had. “Displaced” in Southern Ontario for decades he always had a fondness for a cold winter day and the day of his passing just seemed fitting with a cold wind and a drifting of snow.
Friends will be received at St George’s of Forest Hill Anglican Church Wednesday December 28th from 6:00-9:00pm with a funeral service being celebrated at 11:00am Thursday December 29th by the Rt Rev’d Terry Dance. Masking within the church is encouraged by the family. At Ed’s request, you are invited to wear something blue as part of your wardrobe. Arrangements are being cared for by Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home.
Memorial donations are invited to be made in Ed’s honour to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to his childhood parish of St Mark’s Anglican Church, Kapuskasing.