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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
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