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JAMES POOLE

INSPECTOR JAMES (JIM) ARTHUR POOLE August 7, 1961 - March 7, 2014 With his family by his side, Jim passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014. He leaves behind his soulmate and love of his life Peggy and his two wonderful sons Steven and Ken. He is survived by his parents, Arthur and Madeleine Poole, his brother Bob (Val), his nephews Trevor (Kerrie, Brady, Alexa) and Graham (Christine), and mother-in-law, Helga Valousek. He was a man that loved his family more than anything in the whole world. Whether spending time with the family at their cottage at Dorothy Lake or travelling the world with Peggy, sipping wine, listening to good music, or playing with their new dog Como, it was always about the love of family. He was so incredibly proud that his sons were following in his footsteps and had both begun making their way into their own careers, Steven with the Edmonton Police Service, and Ken soon to follow. He could never say enough about them. It was in elementary school that Jim wrote to the Chief of the Winnipeg Police asking for information on how to become a police officer. After serving his community for 32 years, he still has the response from the Chief to this day. It was his one and only goal in life and he exceeded it beyond expectations. He joined the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) in 1982 after graduating from the University of Winnipeg. He was a member of and oversaw many units of the WPS. His first 17 years as a Constable and Patrol/Detective Sergeant saw him as a member of General Patrol Division 11, Youth Division, Traffic Division, Break and Enter Unit, Crowd Control Unit, Surveillance Unit, Crisis Negotiator Unit, and the Street Gang Unit. Rising to Sergeant and then Staff Sergeant, he spent the next years in the Professional Standards Unit. In 2006 he became an Inspector and was moved to the Duty Office. He took this as an opportunity to reconnect with the people on the front lines. Instead of sitting in his office, he took every opportunity that he could to go to calls and back up his officers. In 2007, he was the Commander of Division 42 comprised of the Identification Unit, Stolen Auto Unit, Commercial Crime Unit, Surveillance Unit and Arson. From 2008 until 2013 he was the Commander of Division 50 and 51, responsible for the vision, leadership and administration of the Tactical Support Unit, K9 Unit, Street Crime Unit, Gang Response and Suppression Plan Unit, Central Traffic Unit, Serious Traffic and Collision Investigation Unit, Community Relations Unit, the Auxiliary Cadet Program and the Manitoba Integrated Warrant Apprehension Unit to name only a few. He ended his career where he had always wished he would, as the Commander of Division 11, serving the area of downtown where he began his career. For the last four years Jim was also an Incident Commander, overseeing high risk incidents across Winnipeg. He took great pride in this role and took it to new levels. He sat on many boards and tried to be involved as much as possible with the downtown area. When asked, he took the challenge in the fall of 2013 to get involved with the CEO Sleep Out, benefitting the homeless, which he found to be a very humbling experience. He worked relentlessly to see that the WPS cars get a much needed new look. He was proud to have had a hand in a very visible change for his city. He loved Downtown and tried his best to make it safer for the citizens of Winnipeg. He was relentless in his pursuit of excellence, challenging his people by setting the bar high. He was always on the road lending a hand and taking calls when things got busy to lighten the load for the members he oversaw. He believed in his people and it was because of them that he came to work every day. He was a great leader and his loss will be felt by everyone he met. Our world was a better place because of Jim; he is missed beyond belief and our grief cannot be described. Special thanks to the WPS for your outpouring of support. To the Edmonton Police Service, many thanks in your support of Steven and all of us. To our friends, neighbours, and family, we can't say enough. We would like to thank the paramedics and firemen that valiantly worked on Jim from the house to the hospital. A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jacobsohn, Dr. Lee, Dr. Pozeg, Dr. Arora, Dr. Manji, Dr. Moon, Dr. Bell, and Dr. Smith. To all the Perfusionists, Nurses, and Respiratory Techs. of the St. Boniface Cardiac Intensive Care Unit your compassion was felt. Everyone without exception did everything humanly possible. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, or the Humane Society. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on March 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Pentacostal Church located at 955 Wilkes. You were my world, and my life will never be the same without you. Until we meet again. Love Peggy For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.ca 204-885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 11, 2014

Guest Book(82 entries)

  • We just learned of Jim's passing. Our deepest condolence to Peggy and family. We had the great pleasure of meeting Peggy, Jim, Steven and Kenny through Hockey. He was our son's Spring league hockey coach. Jim was a wonderful role model for our young men and one of the best hockey coaches that my son had. He treated everyone with respect and always with a smile. He was a person of passion. We would like to send our deepest sympathy to the Poole family. Xoxo
    - Posted by: Karen and Bill Hay (Hockey Coach) on: Jun 6, 2014
  • Jim Poole was a dedicated police officer. Only last year we met in Kelowna and talked about the complexities of policing and the steps we could take to provide a better service for all citizens. Jim shared his many difficult experiences that he faced in Winnipeg and the steps he had taken to solve problems both within the WPS and within the community. He shared my deep commitment to Community Based Policing and was one of the few senior officers who could describe it well. He spoke very highly of his two sons Steven and Ken and their pursuit of policing careers, just like their dad! He was so proud of both. I was honoured to have worked with Jim in Winnipeg. My wife Micki, and I want to extend our sincere condolences to Peggy, Steven and Ken. Jim was the type of police officer that we should all be. He understood, even with its complexities, policing is no more than contact between one human being and another and a good police officer will always understand this and treat everyone with dignity and respect. The people of Winnipeg have lost one of the best. Dave Cassels, Chief of Police, Retired.
    - Posted by: David Cassels (Collegue) on: Mar 20, 2014
  • Being just a couple of years apart in age, Jim and I were close cousins, and we grew to adulthood together. Easter trips from my home in Edmonton to stay with the Pooles are still very prominent in my mind: all-day Monopoly games, boots full of ice water, uncomfortable shoes in church. Jim was a sensitive, happy kid who became a confident, happy adult. I remember the Banff ski trip with the newly minted Police Officer and some of his classmates, all full of vinegar. Then the time he visited me in West Vancouver and brought along a wonderful girl, who so obviously held his heart. Peggy completed Jim's circle and when that occurs great things are bound to happen. He was in love and he stayed that way. Good-Bye my cousin, my friend. I will miss you terribly.
    - Posted by: Barry Scott (Cousin and friend) on: Mar 20, 2014
  • I worked with Jim in District 6 when he was fresh out of recruit class. He fit in right away on our shift and a guy we really enjoyed being around. He was calm, fair yet tough when he had to be Fortunately I ran into Jim at a Jets game before Xmas and had a great conversation catching up on old times. Glenn McIvor Glenn McIvor
    - Posted by: Glenn McIvor (ex co-worker) on: Mar 16, 2014
  • Our condolences to the family, Jim was a great friend growing up, from the air band at Chapman School, to playing hockey at Varsity View (Art was a great coach and mentor) to the car rally at U of W. I am a better person for having known Jim and his family
    - Posted by: Ernie and Jo-Ann Keller, Leduc, Alberta (Childhood friend) on: Mar 16, 2014
  • I have had the privilege of knowing Jim for a few years now and it’s not very often that you come across someone like him. Jim was a great person, a great family man, a great leader and a great Police Officer. He always took the time to talk to you and engage you with a big smile regardless of if you were at work or at a Jets game. Jim was always there and was a great friend. Everyone looked up to him and had the utmost respect for him. To the family: I would like to extend my most sincere condolences Jim was truly one of a kind and he will be truly missed. He was so incredibly proud that both of his sons are continuing the tradition and he would talk about it regularly. To Jim: I'm sure we will cross paths down the road again. You did so much for us and it will not be forgotten. This place won't be the same without you Sir but we will look after it for you while you're gone. Rest easy brother
    - Posted by: Travis MacDonald (Co-Worker/Friend) on: Mar 16, 2014
  • I worked with Jim many years ago and distinctly remember looking across the room full of eager young men and women.. Jim stood out as one I knew would be very successful. He gave his all. Most of all, he did it all with his head proudly held high with the greatest of integrity! He always greeted me his a big smile and cheerful, "Hey!".. He was also a friend! My deepest sympathy to all Jim's loved ones. I know he will be missed so dearly! P/Sgt. Gary Honey (Ret)
    - Posted by: Gary Honey (Friend, former co-worker) on: Mar 15, 2014
  • Jimmy was a colleague and friend, we played hockey together, "Sunday night hockey". You always a class act whether at work or on the ice. Peggy truly was the love of your life, and you always spoke proudly of Steven and Kenny no matter what they were involved in. You will be missed. God bless...Rosy
    - Posted by: Ben Rosentreter (Friend & Colleague) on: Mar 15, 2014
  • Dear Peggy, We are so sorry about the terrible news about Jim. We are shocked and sad. We are still thinking back about the good times with you two, especially when Jim brought his police insignia for our son, Floris. We wish you a lot of strengths to you and your sons in this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Lots of love, Catherine and Coen.
    - Posted by: catherine @ Coen Stork (friends) on: Mar 15, 2014
  • We learned of Inspector Pooles passing while away from the city. We offer our sincere condolences to Jim's family and to the members of Division 11 and the entire Winnipeg Police Service. Cheryl and Len.
    - Posted by: Cher and Len Small (Colleagues) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • It was my privilege to have met and worked with Jim during last years WPS promotional panels. As an outsider to the police world Jim did everything possible to welcome me and make me feel comfortable. The two weeks I spent with him were some of the most enjoyable times I have had during my career. I learned plenty from him but most of all I got to see what a man of respect looks like. I could see it in the faces of the applicants that came before us. Jim instantly had their attention and respect. This is a trait that cannot be taught. It is earned and cultivated over years. I glad that we were able to keep in touch over the last year and a bit and even happier to have been able to call him my friend.
    - Posted by: Larry Knowles (Friend) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • We were deeply saddened to hear of Jim's untimely passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time! Jim will be greatly missed by not only you, his family, but also by his 'other family', the Winnipeg Police Service and the people of Winnipeg, whom he has served admirably during the past 32 years. We would also like to send condolences on behalf of the C&MD Committee of Speed Skating Canada. Although we are not able to attend this morning's service, we will be with you in spirit. Rest in peace Jim. Peter, Gwen, Scott (Kenzie) & Brooke BIRSE
    - Posted by: Peter, Gwen, Scott (Kenzie) & Brooke BIRSE (Friends) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • I met Jim just over a year ago, but he immediately made a lasting impression that I will never forget. Jim had an infectious spirit and always put a smile on my face. He was a great guy and an inspiring leader. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to the family.
    - Posted by: Todd Waters (Co-worker) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • My sincere condolences to all of Jim's family and friends. I had the privilege of working for him in Division 42 (SAU). Jim was an amazing guy and leader who genuinely cared for the members around him. I'll never forget all of the small things he would do for people day to day. He was so approachable and just a great natured guy. As a commander, his leadership was so important in tackling auto theft in our city. He stood out for being a guy who was out there with the troops and always had their backs. I'll miss our conversations and I know we're all better for having known you. You are the example of how the be a man and wear the uniform. You'll be deeply missed brother.
    - Posted by: Kevin Kavitch (Co-worker / friend) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • Jim and I went to recruit class together in 1982. His badge was 1386 and mine was 1368. Jim was one of those quality guys that people are drawn to. I think it starts with his permanent smile and positive outlook that draw you in. Then you get to talking to Jim and his intelligent conversation and sound reasoning just make you want to hear Jim's views on the subject. It is no surprise that Jim rose to such prominence within the WPS. I am so so very sorry for your loss Peggy and for your sons. Jim was one of the good ones.
    - Posted by: Rodney Bolianaz (Friend, Police Recruit Classmate) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • Peggy, words cannot say how awful we feel about your loss. We have been praying for you and your family. I will miss Jim on his walks, and the chats we had. God bless
    - Posted by: Sam and Eileen Anderson (neighbour / colleague) on: Mar 14, 2014
  • Absence is presence and Jim will forever live on in our hearts and memories. Jim had a warm smile and an even warmer personality. He touched the lives of all of those who knew him and was an inspiration to many. Although my experiences were brief with Jim, I always remembered him as a kind and caring soul. He will be an inspiration for as I follow my own dreams in law enforcement. Getting to know Steve and Ken over the past few years made me realize who they looked up to the most, and that was their dad. I can't imagine how proud Jim was to have two intelligent and dedicated sons. Rest in paradise Inspector Poole.
    - Posted by: Karlee on: Mar 13, 2014
  • Jim and Peggy were such a lovely couple. It is just wrong that Jim was taken from his family. Our thoughts are with his family and our hearts ache for them.
    - Posted by: Pam Smith and Rick Literovich on: Mar 13, 2014
  • Peggy and boys; We are so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a great person, who we loved to see and catch up with at the cottage. We will have very fond memories of catching up in the spring, sharing a beverage on the deck or the triumph's of the days fishing catch. Your Dorothy Lake friends, Don and Marj Binda and family
    - Posted by: Don Binda (Friend/Neighbour) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • To Peggy, Steve, Ken, our hearts are broken to hear of Jim's passing. I have known Jim as a kid in Charleswood and lucky enough to have the Poole family move in behind us. The gate on the fence was well worn in with so many good times and laughs. Jim's infectious laugh and great conversations will still be heard in our minds forever. Peggy our prayers, thoughts, and hearts are with you and the family.
    - Posted by: Neil Zimmerman ((friend and neighbour)) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jim's passing. My condolences to the Poole family. We were neighbours to the Pooles when we moved to Charleswood in 1972. I was 10 years old when I met Jim, he was a year older than me. Jim and I used to ride together on our motor bikes in the field behind his house. Played hockey on our backyard rink. I haven't seen Jim in years, but I have fond memories of him, he was always a really nice guy.
    - Posted by: Russ Meier (old friend - neighbours) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • I had the honour and privilege of working with Jim at various times throughout the course of his career. The time that stands out the most for me was during our stint together in Division 24. We had a close knit crew that worked and played hard together. Jim was an integral part of that team, always eager to be at the forefront of any operation, cultivating informants, doing the necessary research and most of the time it seemed we would be on the trail of suspects that Jim and his partner, Paul Vinet had worked up. Jim was the consummate professional in everything he did and was usually our "go to guy"', especially for those sensitive tasks that needed to be done just right and of course he never let us down. Jim always brought a special touch of class, integrity and humour to everything he did and with everyone he met and I'm so very proud to have known him. You will be missed my friend. To Peggy and family, my deepest condolences.
    - Posted by: Al Caron (Friend/Colleague) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • I joined the WPS one year before Jim. Our paths crossed many times, always a great guy. He helped me with a couple of situations and his advice was always sound. Blessings and strength for these hard times, Bruce Day
    - Posted by: Bruce Day (Co worker- retired) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • Jim Poole was a very dedicated and true police officer, great leader, incredible person, and a role model for many of us.
    - Posted by: Denys (colleague) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • Peggy, Steven and Ken, my deepest condolences. So sad to hear the news! I was incredibly proud of Jim, and many times explained to friends and family about his line of work and dedication. I remember when Mad and Art used to visit the coast every summer. I would always make sure I was around to spend time with them. Uncle Art was so proud of both Jim and Bob. I remember his stories and he always had a big smile and was so loving..,sounds just like Jim! I know Jim had an incredible gift, and the world is a better place. I love and miss you! Proud to be your cousin.
    - Posted by: Dan Harvey (Cousin ) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • We only spent a short time with Jim & Peggy whilst they were in Austrailia. Jim would have to be one of the nicest men I have ever met! His smile contagious! Dean, Lee, Emma & Amie xxx.
    - Posted by: Leeanne Frith (Friend) on: Mar 13, 2014
  • I will always remember when you came out on a call that I was on where there were 3 intoxicated people who all needed transport. You came to see if I was needing any help and called for cadets to come assist then you told me how great a job I was doing. I will always keep that near my heart cause you were that type of person who was always looking out for your downtown ambassadors and police officers. Sending my condolences to Ken and Steve who are following in your footsteps
    - Posted by: Kali on: Mar 12, 2014
  • I've personally known Jim and his parents Art & Mad for over 40 yrs. I still remember the summer evening in the late 70's when Mad called me and asked if I could come over and speak with Jim about Police work. At that time I had 7-8 yrs. on the job and Jim advised me that he was very interested in becoming a Police Officer. I gave him my advice on what education to pursue to better his chances of getting on with the W.P.D. Jim obtained his education & was hired on the Force in 1982. We never had the opportunity to directly work together but had many encounters and chats over the years. Jim was an exceptional Police Officer who exemplified what a Police officer should have for work ethics and appearance. You will be sorely missed Jim and my sincere condolences to your wife Peggy and your two boys. R.I.P. JIM.
    - Posted by: Rick Elgar (Retired co-worker ) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • It wasn't long ago that I met Jim Poole, but what an impression he made. There are only a few people I’ve known in my life who have instantly made me want to become their friend. Jim had a way of carrying himself. His warmth, depth and sense of peace made you feel special just to be in his presence. Jill and I were graciously invited over to their beautiful home. Within their spectacular backyard, we spent an evening with Jim and his beautiful wife Peggy drinking wine, eating cheese and reminiscing about our recent trips to Burgundy, France. It was a night I will always remember and keep close to my heart. It is the dreams of many to find the love that Jim and Peggy shared. The Poole's, each member of the family I have met; Jim, Peggy, Steven and Kenny are all amazing people and hold the same level of awesomeness that Jim carried so well. He has created greatness which will live on through Steven and Kenny. They will raise up the ranks and become super cops one day just like their father. Words cannot express the loss so many people are feeling right now...but, just knowing Jim, even though it was for a short period in my life...I know what greatness looks like and he will be sadly missed. My condolences to the family and friends of Jim Poole, he was a great man.
    - Posted by: Geoff Gray (Friend) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • On behalf of the Faculty and Staff of St Paul's High School, our deepest condolences. Memorial Mass to be offered at Canadian Martyrs' Chapel, St Paul's High School, 2200 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg - Monday, 24 March 2014 8:00 AM. All are welcome.
    - Posted by: TK on behalf of St Paul's High School on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Though I only met Jim just recently I cannot express the natural connection I had with him. Our prayers and thoughts are with Peggy and the boys who are always welcome in our home in Edmonton. I cannot help but remember Jim every time I hear anything about Winnipeg or anything to do with the Winnipeg Jets as our last communication was an email that he was going to call me on the Friday as he was at the hockey game on the Thursday. He was a "true" gentleman and the world cannot lose good people such as Jim early. You will be missed but never forgotten.
    - Posted by: Roop Baweja (Friend) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • I'll never forget the opportunity Insp. Poole gave me last summer. He took me under his wing for a ride-along shift even though they no longer did this for civilians. He made an exception for me and I will forever be grateful as it was the best night of my life. His love of the City of Winnipeg was amazing, along with the love he had for his family and the Winnipeg Police Service. I was nervous and very excited to go out on patrol with him and he turned out to be the most humble, positive person- we talked hockey, police related stuff, about family and his love of the movie End Of Watch. His leadership and commitment to the community enhanced my dream of becoming a police officer; it was apparent that he was loved and respected by anyone he worked with. It broke my heart when I received this sad news. My deepest condolences go out to his wife and his two sons he was so very proud of. I'm glad I got to meet you Mr. Poole, you are someone I will always look up to and I hope to someday become half the police officer and person you were.
    - Posted by: Melissa Carriere on: Mar 12, 2014
  • We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Jim. Our deepest sympathies to Peggy, Ken, Steven and the Poole family. Jim and I crossed paths several times during our careers and continued to do so after I retired from the service. We always talked about our families and about our kids hockey and refereeing. Jim always had a smile, was a true gentleman and a model police officer. He was a great guy and left us too soon. Unfortunately we are unable to attend Jim's service to personally offer our condolences but our thoughts will be with you. Rick Montsion and family
    - Posted by: Rick and Debra Montsion (Friend and coworker) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • To his family my deepest sympathies. Inspector Poole (Pooley) was my duty inspector during my Div11 B1 days. He would hit the streets on night shift and show up to calls to help out the guys. I remember when he walked to River near Queen Elizabeth bridge to assist in arresting robbery suspects and got his "shiny" shoes dirty. Pooley was also my Inspector in Division 42 (stolen auto) and always greeted the guys in the morning telling us "great arrest boys." He was always supportive and never turned his back on us. Pooley always had a friendly handshake and a genuine interest in your life!! Rest in Peace my friend you will be missed!!
    - Posted by: Phil Neyron (Fellow WPS member) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • In 2004 I was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit as the Inspector in charge. Jim was the Staff Sergeant and a long serving member of the unit. Although I was senior to him in rank, service, and age I looked to him for guidance. He was a tremendous help to me and made my transition into the unit much easier. I considered him a mentor and I learned much from him. He truly understood that leadership is an activity not a position and that it has nothing to do with rank. Some of our best leaders are constables and Jim acted like a leader in all the ranks and positions that he held. He led by example and had the respect of the members under his command who would follow him anywhere. His integrity, loyalty and devotion to the service of the citizens of this city was unquestioned. He had unlimited potential and was surely headed to bigger things. He was the best Chief we never had. He will be missed and never forgotten. My sincerest condolences to Peggy and the boys.
    - Posted by: Alex Katz (Retired co-worker) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • My condolences to Peggy, Ken, Steven and Uncle Art and Auntie Mad, Bob, Val and family. I have not been in touch as much as I would have liked to over the years but you have all been in my thoughts and prayers over the years. Especially the times during my younger years that hold so many special memories for me. Jim was a great cousin and friend and will be missed so so much by so many. I truly wish I could be there but I live in Calgary and I am dealing with my own health issues but please know that you are all in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers. All my love to all, Kerry
    - Posted by: Kerry Parkes (Cousin) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Jim had a contagious grin, firm handshake, and a kind disposition. I admired his approachability and quiet influence.
    - Posted by: Barney Bergen (Inspired Follower) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • During the course of our lifetime we meet many individuals, however there are only a small number who make a deep and lasting impression, Jim was one of those few. From the first time I met and worked with Jim I knew he possessed the character and attributes which would make him an outstanding police officer. His integrity, compassion and dedication to his profession, which he demonstrated every day, served as an example of professional policing. The loss to the Winnipeg Police Service and the citizens of Winnipeg is immense but I know that his legacy will serve as a beacon of excellence for all officers. To Peggy, Steven, Ken and family I offer my deepest condolences. My hope is that you will find some comfort in knowing how those who had the privilege to work with and know Jim greatly respected him and will never forget him.
    - Posted by: Jack Ewatski (Colleague) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Jim and I worked together over the years in various units and ranks. Jim lead by example from professionalism to work ethic to a sincere caring demeanour. Jim's first love was no doubt his family. He always spoke with such love and passion when Peggy or the boys were the topic of conversation. His second true love was the WPS. He was so proud of the men and women that worked with him and for him. Jim, you will be missed!
    - Posted by: Keith Walker (Friend/Colleague) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • So sad to hearing of your passing... my heart aches for your family.. RIP Jim Jim... Hugs to you Peggy and to the boys
    - Posted by: Keri (Larkin) Collie (old friend) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Jim was genuine. He was a gentlemen. He and the example he set will be greatly missed.
    - Posted by: Sherry Rees (Colleague) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • As someone who works for a West Central organization, I was always very aware and grateful for Inspector Poole's even, open and community mindedness. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
    - Posted by: Kate Kehler on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Inspector Jim Poole was an individual who stood out from the world not because he stood atop it, but because he stood on the same ground as every individual around him. Our conversations were too few, but his strong, personable demeanor and positive outlook gave everyone around him a momentum to push forward and achieve. I remember very fondly one encounter where he pulled over in his unmarked cruiser to have a heartfelt conversation with me on a sidewalk on Broadway one morning, when he put the belief into me that every little action and word can make a huge difference in someone's life. He was a very prominent role model for me, and I found myself telling my family and friends about him quite often. To Ken and Steve, you are both on an amazing path, and he was unbelievably proud of you both. To the family, you have my deepest condolences - if he had this much of an impact on my life through our limited conversation, I cannot imagine how powerful his impact must be on those close to him.
    - Posted by: Brendan on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Jim and I first met in October 1982 at WPS recruit class. Over the years our paths crossed many times, including when our sons played football together, and just a couple of weeks ago when we talked about our retirement plans. Jim came out to many calls in the north end after he was promoted to Inspector, always ready to lend a hand if needed. A good man taken far too soon. Rest in peace Pooly.
    - Posted by: David Clayton (classmate/colleague) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • My condolences to Peggy and and your two sons. Jim was the Inspector that everyone respected and were happy to have on the street with them. Jim would often show up at our calls just to make sure we were okay and to see if he could help at all. He was a leader who lead which is a rare trait and one that was recognized by those who worked for him. He lead by example, he lead with passion and lead always with that contagious smile that was quick to appear. Jim never expected anything he was not willing to do himself and his passion for the job and his family was well known. He will be missed but his example will be seen in the WPS for generations.
    - Posted by: Blake Muggleton (Fellow WPS Division 11 member) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • Jim and I worked out of 55 Princess, although in different units, many years ago. I will always remember him stopping by my desk on numerous occasions with a friendly hello and a nice chat, usually sharing stories about our boys. Later, we would run into Jim and Peggy at local hockey rinks when our boys played against each other and we'd always share a good hockey conversation. He was always outgoing, friendly and just an all-round good guy! Patti said it best - an Officer and a Gentleman, gone too soon. To Peggy and sons, we are so very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    - Posted by: Ingrid & Terry Desmond (former co-workers) on: Mar 12, 2014
  • It has been a privilege working for Poole (Poolie) over the years, during my time in street crimes and recently in general patrol Division 11. I respected Poolie as he was a boss that lead by example and was willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Poolie walked the walk and talked the talk. A true leader! Rest in Peace
    - Posted by: Lana Bourroughs (Colleague ) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Met at Winnipeg Mustang summer hockey
    - Posted by: Sorry for your loss,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .Charlene,Brian,Kyle Lee (friend) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Wow what a shock! We heard Jim had been in the hospital and were praying for his recovery. Even though I did not work directly with Jim we crossed paths many times and he was always a true gentleman. His smile was perpetual and he seemed to be in a good mood constantly. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this truly hard time.
    - Posted by: Rob and Sharon York (Retired co-workers) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • I had the pleasure of knowing and having Jim as a role model growing up in a family of police officers. Jim was one of those guys who was always smiling, incredibly kind, approachable and truly a good person and officer in every sense of the word. I remember about 4 years ago on one of my first days attending the University of Winnipeg I was walking around campus with a group of friends when I spotted Jim parked in his cruiser car. I ran over and talked to him for about 10 mins as my friends made their way to class. When I got home Jim had already talked to my dad and had told him how he really appreciated me coming over to catch up with him and going up to the police officer in front of all the students on campus. I also got my first set of goalie pads from Jim and Kenny when I was in grade 6 and Jim was very interested in seeing me succeed in the sport although I had started at a late age. Every week my dad would come home with Goalie magazines and packages from Jim with tips and goals to strive for as a young goalie. I still have a poster that Jim had made up for me and Kenny of one of our friends and goalie coaches who went on to play pro. Jim wanted us to have something to get signed by him when he was in town playing against the Moose. Thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny, Peggy and Steven. Jim was an amazing person and is someone I will always look up to and strive to be like in my life and career. Rest easy Jim.
    - Posted by: Jordan Vertone (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • D195 - can you show me off with/at....That was a common request we would hear on the radio when working day shift. If I had to call him to log him off, he would just laugh because he forgot to let us know he was done. His voice will be missed over the airwaves, but more than that, his passing leaves a large hole in the Service. To his wife and sons, Jim was well respected by all levels of the service - those in uniform and us civilians. There are no words that can comfort you in a time like this. But know that his memory will live on. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    - Posted by: Pam Steciuk (Co-worker - Comm Centre) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • My deepest condolences to the Poole family. I had the greatest pleasure to work with Jim on collaborative efforts between the RCMP and the WPS. A friend gone far too soon.
    - Posted by: Bob Bazin (Colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • My deepest condolences to the Poole family. Inspector Poole was a great supporter of our unit. He never missed an opportunity to ask how things were and to give praise to the work we do. He often came to our training events, simply to show his support. His enthusiasm for his people and the job we have was always evident and appreciated. Sir, this is not how it should be. Thank you for your Service. You will be missed. Respectfully, Scott
    - Posted by: Scott Taylor and PSD 'Judge' (co-worker) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • As a reporter I interviewed Inspector Poole many many times over the years and while we didn't always see eye to eye I always liked and respected him. Last year he took me out on the road for a ride along and I got to see a different side to him. We not only talked about the job ... but of life, loved ones and family. I learned a lot about him that day and grew to like and respect him even more. He not only loved his family, but also cared deeply for the officers he worked with. While we were out, there were a few calls involving Cadets and he made sure we went to see if they needed help or support. It was a pleasure working with you and getting to know you Jim. I'm sorry to see you go. Rest In Peace... WPS won't be the same without you. My deepest condolences to your loved ones.
    - Posted by: Caroline Barghout on: Mar 11, 2014
  • We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a wonderful man who will be sadly missed by many. Thinking of you Peggy, Steven, Kenny, and family and sending you strength and love at this difficult time. The Derraugh Family
    - Posted by: Lori and Jeff Derraugh (Friends) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Jim was a "cop's cop" and true officer and a gentleman. I was a fellow Charleswood boy, and knew Jim before I followed him into the WPS. I never saw him carrying his role as a police officer in any way that could not be described as a model police officer and a model police leader. I will miss bumping into Jim at various policing related committees and meetings around the City because he was a fellow who I always thought of a touchstone of professionalism. Last time I talked with Jim he described with pride how he was flying out to his boy's badging ceremony in Edmonton, and retirement plans. Life is so frail, but I truly believe that Jim lived life to the fullest, and he contributed in untold ways to our community in Winnipeg. Our thoughts are with Peggy and the boys, from Bob & Barb Chrismas and family.
    - Posted by: Bob Chrismas (Colleague in policing) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • James, it will never be the same at the PSB without you. Going to miss the chats about goaltending clinics and reffing, among many other topics. To Peggy and family, I just do not have the words, only to say that I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace, James.
    - Posted by: Gerry Bernas (Friend/ colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To the entire Poole family: Jim and I met in the basement of a house on Haney Street that was the neigbourhood kindergarten, when we were both five. A year later, I was thrilled when my best friend and his family moved in a few houses away. We spent countless hours together and I well remember his ambitions. Though we went our separate ways many years ago, and though I have been away from Winnipeg for close to 25 years, I have followed his career with pride. I'm so sorry for your loss; I am sure that he was as excellent a son, husband, father and colleague as he was a best friend to a five year old. Sincere condolences from Bejing, China.
    - Posted by: Don Cochrane (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Insp Poole was my Insp for a number of years while I was assigned to the Arson Unit . One Saturday afternoon I was injured on duty and was amazed when Insp Poole came to the hospital to make sure I was alright. That attention to the peoeple around him made Insp Poole a true gem and his pride in the uniform and the job he did were an example for all. Thank you for all you did for me and sincerest condolences to the entire Poole family.
    - Posted by: Sean Pollock (colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Our thoughts are with you. A good guy gone too soon. Will always remember his convertible.
    - Posted by: Tony Shay on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To quote an earlier post - An Officer and a Gentleman. The perfect line for Inspector Poole. While my direct dealings with him were brief and infrequent, he made a powerful impact. Generosity of nature, genuine friendly demeanor, a quick laugh, yet serious and thoughtful when required. A truly honourable man and a dedicated servant to the City. Such a loss for the WPS and most importantly to his loving family. My heart truly goes out to you.
    - Posted by: Laura Hawkins (Communications Consultant to the WPS) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To the family of Jim Poole ... On behalf of the Executive, Members and Staff of the Brandon Police Service, we wish to express our sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Our deepest sympathy.
    - Posted by: Lynn Rudniski for Chief of Police Ian Grant (Co-worker) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Jim and I first met when we coached 7-8 year old hockey at Sturgeon Creek with both of our boys. We soon got together with Peggy, Steven and Kenny on numerous occasions as impromptu unplanned get togethers. Later Jim assisted with having MB Corrections and WPS work together with less red tape to ensure safety for all. Jim you are a wonderful person who touched everyone you met in a positive light and you will be missed. Peg and boys, my sincere condolences from my family to yours. We are all truly blessed to have known Jim.
    - Posted by: James Couvier (Friend/Colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • I graduated from the WPD Police Academy and went to work on B2 Shift, downtown, in 1985. I was partnered with Jim many times during those first years. We won Police Softball and Hockey Championships together with an amazing group of fellow Police Officers. Those two team photos hang in my garage over my workbench. He was a Gentleman at all times. He kindly, always made sure I was included whether at work, sports or socially. I have never, in my almost 30 year career ever heard, nor would we allow, a negative word about Jim. It is rear in the Police world that a man will be able to finish his life with his first love. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Peggy and Family. Paddy & Jacquie.
    - Posted by: Pat Nicholls & Family (Friend, Teammate, Partner and Mentor.) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Jim and I worked on the same shift in Division 11 many years ago. He was always a gentleman and a genuine down to earth person. Over the years he always greeted me with a warm smile and firm handshake followed by good conversation. Jim was a considerate man who will be missed by so many.
    - Posted by: Mike Kloos (Co-worker) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • My friend Poolski, we walked into the Police Academy together on October 12, 1982 and became friends shortly after. During that year we hung out with our mutual friends, and even went on a ski trip to Banff. You were always a good guy, and always had a smile on your face. Like many many people, I to can't believe you are gone, and even though we did lose touch with each other over the years, I have always thought of you as a great friend, and one of the good ones. Rest in peace Poolski, I'll miss you, your friend Keith.
    - Posted by: Keith Miller (co-worker) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To Peggy and your boys - I only met Jim a handful of times but every time I saw the two of you together I could tell you were a special couple. I am so incredibly sorry for the loss to you and your family....Jim will live on in all of you and he will shine through your boys and their children one day. If there is anything at all that I or your Speed Skating family can do for you please don't hesitate to ask and know that you are in all of our hearts at this difficult time and always.
    - Posted by: Susan Auch (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To Peggy, Steven, Ken & the Poole Family... I knew Jim a couple of ways: my husband is with the WPS K9 Unit and I knew him through the work I do with Frontier College. For me, it is Jim's connection to the community that I will remember and his passion for Policing. I saw him at every crime prevention event I went to (he always took time to talk to me) and Jim and I were both newbies at the CEO SLEEPOUT in 2013. We had spent the early morning hours chatting about work and things going on in our lives. Steven, the last time I saw your dad he told me about visiting you in Edmonton not long after you got on with their Police Service and I could tell how proud he was! Jim touched a lot of lives and will be missed by many. Please know I am thinking about all of you during this difficult time.
    - Posted by: Rhonda Taylor (Friend - my husband is with the WPS K9 Unit) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Just two weeks ago I had stopped my car to help a woman with car trouble on the corner of Ellice and Colony. I wanted to push her car to the curb while the other drivers continued zooming by and honking their horns. All of a sudden I heard a voice from behind me: "Allan! Are you trying to push the car out of the way?" I looked back it was Jim who had arrived at the scene by chance. He stopped and blocked the traffic with his car so I could push the stranded woman's car out of the way. When it was all done, he waved at and drove off with that infectious smile on his face. He left this world too soon, and he will surely be missed. Rest in Peace!
    - Posted by: Allan Wise (Community Board Colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • A few short weeks ago I had the pleasure of running into Jim at a local store and had a great conversation with him. I was so impressed with his optimistic outlook and his enthusiasm for life, work and family. Jim was one of the good guys who will be dearly missed. Condolences to Peggy and the boys. Rest easy my friend.
    - Posted by: James Jewell (Co-worker) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To all the Poole family Howard and I send our love and thoughts to you as you no doubt stumble through this difficult time. We will cherish some of those only Jim memories from the voice that was truly made for radio, the energetic spirit and enthusiasm for police work, the lemon drop martinis, the charity ball events and for me those special Christmas decorations.... the floating Santa heads. Peggy my heart aches trying to fathom your loss and hope you feel the support from all of us as you manage each minute, each hour and to finish a day and keep going. Lots of love
    - Posted by: Angela Epp (Friend and colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • I had spoken with Jim many times over the years, but this past year was my first opportunity to work with him. When Jim arrived in Central Division it became very apparent to me that he was a true leader in every respect. He had a vision for the Downtown and through his leadership he achieved what he set out to accomplish- that is to make Central Division a safer place for all and an outstanding and enjoyable place for all of us to work in. Jim also worked very hard at maintaining and establishing new partnerships within our Division. Often he would head out on the road, run proactive projects himself, conduct traffic enforcement and back up the "troops" on the street. Jim led by example. He did not ask anyone to do anything he would not do himself. That is real leadership. I will forever have the utmost admiration and respect for him. Rest in Peace Boss “D195, Status 4”.
    - Posted by: Sergeant Rick Harms #1585 (co-worker/friend) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Inspector Poole you will be sorely missed. Your enthusiasm and dedication to Division 11 was infectious to all around you. Thou we never told your leadership was an inspiration.
    - Posted by: Todd Martens (Fellow WPS Member of Division 11) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • My family was lucky enough to have met Jim, Peggy, and his two sons, Ken and Steven. This family welcomed us numerous times into their home with fun filled bbq's and Christmas celebrations. A very lovely family, and our heart goes out to you. Carole, Jeff, Jade and Scott.
    - Posted by: Carole MacKenzie (Neighbor) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Rest easy brother, the torch has been passed. My contacts with you will always be remembered. Especially one in particular. You will be missed. Condolences to your wife and sons, you have plenty to be proud of.
    - Posted by: Larry Bailey (Friend and coworker (retired)) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Jim was a remarkable man. He was an exceptional example for Constables on how to wear the uniform. My prayers are with his family.
    - Posted by: Dean Czoch on: Mar 11, 2014
  • I've known you many years Jim, tho we didn't cross paths too often. Always felt you were a good copper, interested in what's going on. You went too soon. See you walking the beat in the afterlife when we next meet.
    - Posted by: KirkWiebe (co-worker) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Wow - what a shocker....I've known Jim for many years and got the chance to know him more when he came to (my) Division 42. I enjoyed his many stories about his boys and his travels with his wife.....And how excited he was to get his Convertible....You will be missed Jim.....An Officer and a Gentleman....
    - Posted by: Patti Petrie (Co-Worker (civilian member)) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • So sorry to hear about Jim. As I reflect and realize we had not spoken for many years it still seems like yesterday. One of the nicest people I have ever met. Good bye old friend.
    - Posted by: Jim Langridge on: Mar 11, 2014
  • Last summer I went to see Jim so he could cut some of the red tape and get my friend's daughter on a ride along in Division 11. Not only did he cut the red tape but he came in on an evening shift and took her out himself to make sure she would get the full experience. When I went through a bad time personally he was there to help me out. I will miss our dayshift visits in my office, talking shop and police vehicles. Rest in peace my friend, you have earned it.
    - Posted by: Kevin Smith (Friend/colleague) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • To Peggy and Family once again I'm so sorry on the passing of your Husband. Just read about Jim and sounds like Jim was a very compassionate person who loved the The City of Winnipeg and its people. Jim also sounds like a very proud person who also cherished his work and family. So sorry that I never got to meet Jim, and it sounds like Winnipeg would be a much better place to live if we had more people like Jim in place.
    - Posted by: Timothy Buzunis (friend) on: Mar 11, 2014
  • I am so terribly sorry for your loss Peggy. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your boys. Tanya
    - Posted by: Tanya nacionales on: Mar 11, 2014

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