John William Pool, 91, of Manlius, NY after residing in Dewitt, NY for over 50 years.
John was born on April 25, 1927 in Kokomo, Indiana to George and Mary (Slaughter) Pool and moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was 12. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and recent Honor Flight of Syracuse Mission #12 Honoree. He was a Republican Presidential Legion of Merit and 1945 National ROTC Rifle Match Metal Honoree.
John was a graduate of the University of Arizona –Electrical Engineering. He retired from GE after 42 years of service. Some of his many accomplishments at GE included establishing a television tube plant in Mexico, APOLLO Missions in Florida, BMEWS radar installation in Thule, Greenland and Site Manager of Space Surveillance and Desert Storm support for the USAF in Diyarbakir, Turkey.
Over his life time he enjoyed photography (including numerous NYS Fair entries), traveling (many family vacations to Phoenix, Arizona, RT. 66 road trips), John was fond of the south west especially the Superstition Mountains and Monument Valley, cruising, fishing, swing dancing, raising orchids, and making jewelry. He looked forward to his Friday luncheons with other fellow GE Mickey Mouse Club members at the Retreat.
He was a proud life time NRA member, the American Legion, Gem and Mineral Society and Orchid Society.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Patricia (O'Shea) Pool. Children, Elizabeth (Kyle) McNabb (CA), Malina White (NC), Robert (Grace) Pool (MA), Charles (Ann) Pool, Manlius, Alicia (Marc Beccio) Pool (CA); 6 grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Alyssa Pool (MA), Kristen White (NC) and Sarah and Jennifer Pool of Manlius. Siblings, G. Robert Jr. (CA), Charles (AZ,HI) and Florence Pool (AZ). He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Susan.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Honor Flight of Syracuse. Services and Interment will be private.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.