Darrell “Bruce” Pooler

OAKLAND – Darrell “Bruce” Pooler, 63, sadly passed away of natural causes on Friday May 13, 2022 at his home. He was born Oct. 5, 1958, the first born child of MaryAnn (Bard) and Irwin H. Pooler. Bruce attended school in the Messalonskee school system Oakland.

Growing up he always had a passion for vehicles and right out of high school took great pride in his personal vehicles keeping them beautifully maintained and enjoyed showcasing them during an era that meeting on “Main Street” with fellow friends and relatives was a normal Friday night event. He made friends with many who had the same passion and those friendships have lasted a life time.

He was also a huge fan of car racing and in the 1980’s followed the extended family tradition of racing at Unity Raceway. Bruce began his successful racing career with a car that he numbered 44 after his mothers age. He was greatly respected by his fans and fellow drivers.

Bruce worked various jobs until his parents opened Middle Road Redemption in Oakland where he worked side by side with mom and dad until they retired. He loved chatting with customers and made people feel like they were lifelong friends. He then brought his expertise to share with his brother and best friend Brian, at Trafton Road Redemption. They continued to work together for many years until the Redemption was converted into a store, which recently closed. He was looking forward to his retirement and enjoying the simple things in life like playing the slots, eating out and spending time with family and friends.

Bruce would help anyone who needed it. He helped people from all walks of life and his kindness always turned into lasting relationhips.

He loved his home, his little sanctuary that he took pleasure and great pride in maintaining. After his dads death, he continued this same pride in helping his mother maintain her property next door and looked after her daily needs.

He is predeceased by his father Irwin H. Pooler; his grandparents; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Bruce is survived by his mother, MaryAnn Pooler of Oakland; his daughter Angela Ward and her husband Jamie of Cannan; and his son Derick Inman, his wife Amanda and their three children of Waterville; his brother Brian Pooler and his wife Tami of Oakland, his sister Sonya Ross and her husband Jim of Norridgewock and his sister Tammy Roy and her husband Jim of Oakland; his nephews, Shaine Wilson, Jeremy Witham, Tyler Whitney, Cody Palmer, Dylan Allard, and niece Cheyenne Knights.

Bruce will be greatly missed by all those that loved him.

A celebration of life and a private graveside ceremony will be announced at a later date.

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