, Salem, MA

March 20, 2013

Clifford C. Pooler, 81

Salem — Mr. Clifford C. Pooler, 81, of Salem, retired detective with the City of Salem Police Department, beloved husband of Karen C. (Robinson) Pooler, died January 18th, 2013, at the Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Clifford J. and Margaret (Cronin) Pooler. He was raised and educated in Salem, attended the former St. Mary’s School and was a graduate of Salem High School, Class of 1949.

An over-30-year member of the city of Salem Police Department, Clifford dedicated his life to protecting the residents of the city of Salem. Detective Pooler was well known throughout law enforcement circles as one of the most knowledgeable arson investigators in the state of Massachusetts. He was credited with over 31 successful prosecutions of arson investigations. His dedication to his craft, his fellow officers and protecting the people of Salem was his professional hallmark.

A lifelong resident of the city of Salem, Cliff was a member and past commodore of the Palmer’s Cove Yacht Club of Salem and a longtime member of the Commodore’s Club of America. He was dedicated to his family and friends and will be deeply missed. He enjoyed life to the fullest, loving boating, camping and trips to FoxWood Casino, and, going on the Horizon’s Edge out of Lynn.

In addition to his loving wife of 29 years, Cliff is survived by his daughters, Lisa Burke of Salem, and Kathleen Abbott and her husband, Kevin of Weymouth; step-daughter Kimberly Tancrede of Berwick, Maine; his 11 grandchildren; his great-grandson; his sister Mary Atwood of Dover, N.H.; his brother Roger Pooler and his wife Lucille of Brewster; several nieces and nephews and his former wife and friend Elaine Pooler of Weymouth. He was also the brother of the late Eileen Gibney, Katherine “Kay” Senechal and Margaret “Peggy” Pooler.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass which will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours prior to the funeral in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square (At Salem Common), Salem, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Cliff’s memory to the Salem Police Benevolent Association, Attn: Sgt. Kathleen Makros, 95 Margin St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit