It is a sad day for the Northwest community. The "Mayor of Northwest Pasadena," Ralph Poole, died early the morning of June 17, 2013, at 3:30 a.m. On Friday he had a massive heart attack and lived long enough to spend time with some of his friends and family.
Mr. Poole was a beloved and influential community leader, a tireless advocate for those in need, and a warrior of local justice.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked at various schools throughout the community as an educator, mentor and writer. He worked with young people between the ages of four to 15 in a program known as Project Safetime, which operated in Kings Villages Apartments.
Mr. Poole was one of the original Board members of the Fair Oaks Project Area Committee (PAC), where he served as Chairman. He also served as an organizational representative on that committee since its inception in 1985, while simultaneously serving on the City of Pasadena's Northwest Commission since 1990.
There wasn't very much that happened in Northwest Pasadena that didn't first go through Mr. Poole. Community issues such as gangs, family, housing, development, policing, you name it; Mr. Poole had a hand in it.
He had 10 children, including six boys and four girls. Two of his sons preceded him in death. He is survived by eight children, 32 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. His name will live on forever.
There will be a public announcement forthcoming on when and where funeral services will be held. Donations to assist with arrangements may be forwarded to Dyana Poole at P.O. Box 92392, Pasadena, California 91109, or call (626) 720-9547.