David Normand Poulin
March 17 1925 - August 09 2016 - Age 91
Obituary

Lt. Col. David Normand Poulin, USAF (Ret.), passed peacefully into eternal life on August 9, 2016, at home. His beloved wife of 67 years, Mary Poulin, was by his side.

David was born in Putnam, Connecticut on March 17, 1925, the second of fifteen children of Charles and Bella Beausoleil Poulin. He spent his childhood in Putnam and Wilton, NH, and graduated from Putnam High School. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Throughout his professional career, he worked as a highway design engineer. David proudly served in the US Air Force for 30 years, both on active duty and as a reservist. He was Squadron Navigator and transitioned from C-119 to C-124 to C-130 aircraft, earning the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

He was an avid sportsman his entire life, both as a participant and a fan – he played football in high school and college, enjoyed ice hockey, bowling and baseball, but his passion was golf. He played softball with the Half Century Club, serving as President for two terms. He was a member of the Road Runners Club for many years. He also enjoyed long-distance hiking, and in 1989, at the age of 64, he completed the Appalachian Trail as a thru-hiker!

David had resided in St. Petersburg since 1978, and was an active member of the community, generously donating his time and talents. He and his wife delivered Meals on Wheels, he drove for the Red Cross, and was a volunteer ranger at Mangrove Bay Golf Course. He was an active member of St. Raphael Catholic Church for many years, serving as an usher and head of the counting team. His Faith sustained him.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he leaves his two daughters, Karen Rackliffe (Daniel) of Glastonbury, CT, and Pamela Thomas (Mark) of Gainesville, FL; a granddaughter, Kimberly Malz (Russell), of South Glastonbury, a grandson, Nicholas Thomas, of Gainesville, and three great-granddaughters, Rielly, Kacey and Mallory Malz, of South Glastonbury. David cherished his family.

Other survivors include a special nephew and Godson, John Smutnick, of Abington, CT and Avon Park, FL; seven sisters, Jacqueline Maynard, Lucille Smutnick, Lorraine LeClaire (Ray), Shirley Humes, Rosemarie Chicoine (Roger), Sandra Keating (Daniel), and Corinne Freeman (Edward); three brothers, Edward, Maurice (Judy) and Michael (Trish), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, as well as three brothers, Leonard, Richard and Paul, and one sister, Barbara Sherwood.

The family will receive friends at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 9th St. N., St. Petersburg, on Friday, August 19, from 6-8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, on Saturday, August 20, at 10 AM. Interment with military honors will follow at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, on Monday, August 22, at 2:15 PM.

Places
Saint Petersburg, FL (current)
Putnam, CT (birthplace)
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