Jack Poirier

[16 APR 1933 - B2 - 20256 - 21 APR 2006]

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Rich and Inez Cardillo [Jack Poirier's
Services @ USAF Academy - APR 2006]



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Tom and Helen Wilkinson -
Shirley and Jack Poirier [1987]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCullough - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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B-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Feagin - Shimunek - Glidden - McKelvey - Deardorff - Gersitz - 2nd Row: McGuire - Straus - Parker - Stevens - 3rd Row: Waterstrat - Calley - Cardillo - Rod Davis - 4th Row: Carpenter - Trentman - Poirier - Frear (CO)



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55ers: Jim Ryan - Porier - Pond - Weissenborn
[The Long Gray Line - APR 1954]



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John Thomas Poirier

John Thomas Poirier was born on16 April1933 in Rochester, New York. He was appointed to West Point from the40th Congressional District of New York and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company B2 andboxed for twoyears. He graduated on 7 June and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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John Thomas "Jack" Poirier

John (Jack) Thomas Poirier rested on 21 April 2006 with the Grand Architect of the Universe with many friends and family at his side. He was born Easter Sunday, 16 April 1933. His life was filled with academics, valor, adventure, and love. He was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Dorothy Sullivan and George Nelson Poirier.

He graduated from Thomas Aquinas H.S. and attended Holy Cross College at 17 years old. He graduated as an Engineer from the US. Military Academy at West Point, class of 1955, and obtained his Masters in Political Science from Harvard University. He spoke Spanish and German and loved poetry and prose. Jack was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal, 15th Oak Leaf Cluster, while serving in Republic of Vietnam as pilot and Forward Air Controller. Some assignments included commander of Sheppard A.F.B., The Air War College, Military Attache to Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Professor at the Air Force Academy. He was also the first Judo coach at the USAFA. Jack retired from the Air Force as a full Colonel.

Jack lived life, loved travel, fine food, Disneyland, and lived by a code of honor. Every year Jack loved throwing the annual 4th of July, Halloween and St. Patrick's parties that would last till the wee hours of the morning. As the consummate host he entertained with flair and often quoted from Rudyard Kipling. Jack was an avid reader, loving fiction, fantasy and history; by some accounts he read over 10,000 books.

Jack is survived by his wife Alma (De Miranda) Poirier, sister Yvonne Mangan, daughters Christine Palmiere and Renee Hickman, his son Colonel David Francavilla, grandchildren Jacqueline and Vanessa Poirier, Elizabeth Hickman, Matthew and David Palmiere, Carolynn, Nichelle, and Alexandra Francavilla and great grandchild Alyssa Salazar.

"And when our work is done, our course on earth is run, may it be said, 'Well Done; Be Thou At Peace.' E'er May that Line of Gray, Increase from Day to Day - Live, serve, and die, we pray, West Point, for thee." Services will be at the USAFA Protestant Cadet Chapel at 1000 hours on Friday 28 April.
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 25, 2006



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