John W. Poor, Jr.

  • Born: January 28, 1933
  • Died: May 3, 2019
  • Location: Merrimack, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

John W. Poor, Jr., 86, formerly of Merrimack, died May 3, 2019 at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Community in Manchester after a period of declining health.

He was born in New London, CT on January 28, 1933 to John and Agnes (Harrison) Poor. He grew up in North Conway then lived briefly in Manchester before moving to Merrimack in 1964. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from Keene State College.

During the Korean War he served as a medic in the U.S. Army.

John was a biology teacher at Merrimack High School where he later became assistant principal. He also taught biology to nursing students in the Manchester area and worked at Westinghouse Learning Corporation and in telephone sales. He enjoyed fishing and skiing.

The family includes his wife of 55 years, Lorraine E. (Nuttle) Poor of Manchester; two children, Brian Keith Harrison Poor and his wife, Karen, of Charlotte, NC and Carlene L. Desruisseaux and her husband, Gary, of Auburn; and a granddaughter, Alyssa L. Desruisseaux.

The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Community for the loving care they provided to John.

Private burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire SPCA, P.O. Box 196, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, NH 03885.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Poor family,

I was one of the lucky nursing students to have Mr. Poor for a teacher at the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing. He was a gentle man and an awesome teacher. I never would have passed anatomy and physiology without him.My sincere condolences to all of you.

Diane (Lafleur) Cheney, RN

Posted by Diane Cheney - Manchester, NH - Student   May 15, 2019

My favorite teacher ever, he was my biology teacher in 1965. What a wonderful condolences.

Posted by Carole Woodman Paddock - Pasadena, CA - Student   May 14, 2019

Mr. Poor was a great teacher. I had him as an instructor when I was in High school.
Godspeed sir

Posted by A friend   May 12, 2019

Our sympathies go out to the Family. Mr Poor has been part of our family for many years and he will be truly missed.

Posted by Don & Donna Desruisseaux - New Boston, NH - Family   May 06, 2019

Brian, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I know your Dad was proud of you, as we all are. He did a great job making you the man that you have become. You are in our thoughts and prayers and I am sure your Dad is at peace.

Posted by Doug Marino - Billerica, MA - Friend   May 06, 2019

Carlene: Our sympathies to you in the loss of your dad. Please know you are in our prayers. Love, Denise, Paul, Alex & Aaron

Posted by Denise Carlson - Worcester, MA - Family   May 06, 2019

To the Poor Family:

On behalf of a grateful nation, and the VFW Auxiliary/Post #4485 in Somersworth, NH, we wish to express sincere appreciation for the honorable service given by your loved one, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

VFW Auxiliary President, 2016-2018
Cathy Burns

Posted by A friend   May 06, 2019

I know my dad thought a lot of you.

Posted by Kimberly Taylor-Jansen - COLUMBIA, SC   May 05, 2019

Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we are keeping you all in our prayers. I always enjoyed seeing Mr. Poor when we would stop in to see Brian. He was always enjoying some auto race on the TV and always had a kind word for us!

Posted by CJ Bouyrn - Merrimack, NH - Friend   May 05, 2019

We send our condolences to the Poor family and wish you peace during this difficult time.

Posted by Ken and Dee Sumlin - Charlotte, NC   May 05, 2019

We are sorry to hear of Mr. Poor's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Joseph & Tracey LaBatre - Pembroke, NH   May 05, 2019

So sorry for loss, prayers to the family. Best teacher ever, I had him for anatomy and biology at Merrimack High in the early 70's. He is the reason I went to nursing school.

Posted by Anne Coleman (MORGAN) - Nashua, NH - Student   May 05, 2019

On behalf of KSC Class of 1960 we send our condolences to the family.

Posted by Gail Sheldon - Manchester, NH - Classmate   May 05, 2019

Prayers to Johns family for this difficult time. He was my anatomy teacher at Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing class 1973... greatest teacher ever and a great man!

Posted by Amy Couture Lesniak - Laconia, NH   May 05, 2019

We are sorry to hear of Mr. Poor's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Joseph & Tracey LaBarre - Pembroke, NH   May 05, 2019

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Posted by Linda Ayers - Charlotte, NC   May 04, 2019

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