Peter Pool obituary (1937 – 2021) – Centerbrook, CT

Dr Peter Edward Pool, DMD of Essex, CT, loving husband of wife Robin, phenomenal father, fun grandfather, devoted friend and faithful brother passed away on September 18, 2021. Born in Buffalo, New York, on November 18 , 1937, he was the son of Gerrit and Muriel Sugnet Pool of Greenwich, CT. Peter graduated from Tufts University School Dental Medicine with a doctorate in 1960. He served as a captain in the United States Air Force as a dentist, then moved to Essex, Connecticut, which became his home for the next 57 years. In Essex, he proudly opened his own dental practice. He was dedicated to his work as well as to his patients and staff, including his longtime colleague and neighbor Taffy. After retiring in 2011, he and his wife Robin enjoyed traveling to beautiful and unique destinations off the beaten track. A prolific and entertaining storyteller, Peter told stories of his epic childhood with his friend Tommy Green, with whom he battled wildfires and enjoyed intense escapades. But her favorite stories were family adventures. Peter was deeply devoted to his wife Robin, his six children, their wives and his nine grandchildren. He knew time together was precious and he made every event special, whether it was throwing miniature rockets on Thanksgiving Day or singing a happy birthday in the washing machine. Every day had something to celebrate. He shared each of these celebrations during the pandemic lockdown via a daily family “Noon Zoom”, creating new memories with his family both near and far, including an ongoing friendship with his first wife, Margaret Driscoll. He maintained his house, his yard and his ponds with exquisite care. In the summer he would walk on his floating dock and in the winter he would glide on an ice boat that he had made himself. A handyman, he often had creative projects, and when you heard his whistle without a melody, you knew that a new project was in the works. He built a waterwheel to generate electricity to light up his American flag, made elaborate fountains in his yard, and cast unique family heirloom jewelry in gold. Peter loved toys. He invented a steerable kite, flew remote control planes, and happily fired various cannons from his collection for important or just everyday events. He could be seen roaming the city on his antique green Vespa towards the hardware store or stacking his kids on his antique fire truck for some ice cream. He loved his sailboat, the Catling, which he kept modifying and improving. In his trademark boater hat, he sailed the Connecticut River and was especially proud that he was still sailing alone after his 80th birthday. Peter played fife in the Essex Sailing Masters in the 1970s and spent decades as a dedicated member of the Ingham Hill Running Group. He has been an active member of the Connecticut State Dental Association throughout his long career. He was a member of the Horace Wells Society. A member of the Essex Rotary Club for 50 years, he reveled in being a “denailer” at the annual Shad Bake. Peter believed in public service, giving of his time to make our world a smoother and fairer place. Peter’s life is celebrated by his beloved wife, Roberta L. Pool, his 6 children: Leslie Hutchins and her husband David of Madison, CT, Lori Lenz and her husband Rich of Deep River, CT, Kari Petrovic and her husband Marc of OH, Charles Pool and her partner Darryl Randall of Miami FL, Jennie Asaro and her husband Joseph of Randolph NJ, Bridget Pool and her longtime friend Scott McKinley of Alexandria VA; her 9 beloved grandchildren, Rob, Phoebe, Kevin, Josef, Kay, Edward, Peter, Michael and Daniel; his brother Paul Pool and his wife Barbara as well as several nephews and a niece. He was predeceased by his brothers Gerrit Hendrik Pool and Edward Pool. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen at or Meals on Wheels at Due to the family’s concern about COVID, a grave rally to celebrate his exceptional life will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at River View Cemetery, North Main Street in Essex, Connecticut. To share a memory of Peter or send condolences to his family, please visit Arrangements are made by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.

Posted by Hartford Courant on September 26, 2021.

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