Wayne D. Pooler


Wayne David Pooler passed away peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospital on Friday, December 31, 2021, at the age of 82. Wayne was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 21, 1939 to Roland and Mary Trant Pooler. He was the oldest of four children.

Wayne grew up in Perth, NY and graduated from Perth Central High School, where he was captain of the basketball team. He started college at the University of New Mexico where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and later transferred to Russell Sage where he earned a bachelor of science in business. Wayne began his career in food service in 1963 at the Rath Packing Co. In 1967, he joined Thomas J. Lipton Inc. as a salesman and was named a unit manager in 1970. He was also President of the Grocery Manufacturers Representatives of Eastern, N.Y. Inc. He retired from Lipton in 1997 and became a certified organic farmer on his family’s farm in Perth. Wayne sold vegetables and herbs at several local farmers’ markets and became affectionately known as “The Herb Dude.” Wayne also loved playing golf and had a great appreciation for nature. He enjoyed spending time with his family and had a wonderful sense of humor.

He is predeceased by his parents Roland and Mary, and his brother Donald Pooler. Wayne is survived by his siblings Bert Pooler and Karen Pooler; his wife Kathleen Pease Pooler; children Shelly Pooler, Rick Pooler (Ulrike), Sarah Provost (Cecil), and Ben Pooler (Jackie); stepchildren Leighann Gilson (David), and Brian Lavoy; grandchildren Alex, Christopher and Michael Pooler, Adam, Kevin and Brandan Provost, Carter, Ethan and Emma Pooler; step grandchildren Jacob and Ethan Gilson; and great grandchildren Melissa, Ben, and Ellen Pooler.

Relatives and friends are invited to a calling hour from 10am to 11am on Tuesday, January 4 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in Fair View Cemetery, Amsterdam.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org or the Montgomery Co. SPCA, PO Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or an animal rescue of your choice.

Guest Book

Susan Brownell

I was saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing. I first knew Wayne at Perth Central school and then later at the farmers markets where he always had the best produce. As a board member, he worked to make the markets a success and ensure that the food was always the best quality. Although I haven’t been in touch lately, I’m sad to know he’s no longer with us.

Marie Cross Ostoyich

Thanks to all for a lovely tribute to Wayne, my dear friend, Kathy’s husband. My family was fortunate to spend time at that wonderful farm as well and my grown children still have fond, vivid memories. Family did a beautiful job with the speakers today at the funeral that represented Wayne well. I am pleased that I was able to attend and help celebrate the life of a true gentleman, and lover of nature. God Speed dear Wayne and healing thoughts and warm memories to the family.

Stacey Horwitz

I am so sorry for the loss of your Father and Grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Stacey

Bob & Pat Merry

Wayne and I played basketball together in Perth Central School. I helped him do chores at his father's farm so he could play. We also spent many many hours working on cars. I use to give Shelly horsey back rides when she was a toddler. Although we lost touch over the years, I still have fond memories of him. He was our best man at our wedding.

John Nichols

Sorry to hear of dad’s passing. Shelley I remember us talking about him before. He will never be forgotten.