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Richard “Rick” Allen Poe Sr.

9/16/1949 - 5/04/2024

Richard “Rick” Allen Poe Sr., 74, of Middlefield, formerly of Eastlake, was called home for his eternal rest on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Rick was born on September 16, 1949 in Painesville to Richard and Alice Poe. He was the oldest of 9 siblings.

Rick worked as an HVAC technician for 25 years before retiring in 2006. He was a lifelong diehard Cleveland sports fan and loved the Cleveland Indians/Guardians in particular. He instilled that love of Cleveland sports into his family which lasts to this day. More importantly, he was a diehard Cleveland father who instilled a lot of love into his kids and made many happy memories with them that will last a lifetime, including watching the Cavaliers win the championship on Father’s Day in 2016. Rick loved fishing, bowling, playing pool, shooting hoops, playing putt-putt, and going to ballgames with his children even into his later years. He will be dearly missed.

Rick is survived by his children Richard (Janell) Poe Jr. of LaGrange, Brian (Katie) Poe of Painesville, Jeremy Poe of Cleveland, Jordan (fiancé – Manoli Papagianis) Poe of Brooklyn Heights; granddaughter Sunny Marie Poe; step-grandchildren Hannah and Cooper Creveling; former wife Karen (Mike) Nista; sisters Patricia “Patty” (John) Gingerich of Middlefield, Sandy Serwatka of Eastlake, Mary Jane Behun of Owasso, Okla.; brothers Kevin (Jeanette) Poe of Madison, Randall Poe of Madison, and Charles “Chuck” Poe of Mentor, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Alice; former in-laws Harold “Sonny” and Geraldine “Gerry” Iles; brothers James and Robert Poe; niece Nicolette Woodin;  nephew Phil Poe; and his beloved pup dogs Elmer and Nibbles. 

The Poe family would like to invite you to Middlefield Cemetery, Saturday, May 18th for a graveside service at 11:00 AM (please arrive by 10:45 AM). For location and directions go to https://www.middlefieldohio.com/village-services/cemetery/

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville.

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4 Replies to “Richard “Rick” Allen Poe Sr.”

  1. George Bakunas May 7, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    A caring man who knew how to enjoy life. Strong and faithful to himself and his family to the end.


    1. Dad,

      You were a great father who was always there from day one for your kids, which says a lot these days. I’ll remember all the good times we had like the family vacations we enjoyed, travelling to my tournament softball games as a kid, all the times we played catch in the front yard, and seeing the joy on your face when the Cavs won the championship. I’ll miss our phone calls just checking in on each other and shooting the breeze about family, politics, the sports teams losing, and just life in general. I’ll also miss our outings playing putt-putt, shooting pool, bowling, and shooting hoops. It was always a fun challenge to beat Dad at anything.

      You taught me a lot through your experiences on what to do and what NOT to do. You showed me how a father loves his kids and spends quality time with them.

      I miss you now as I type this. I wish could call you just to hear your voice say “Hey Jer, how ya doin’? You being have?” And I would say “Yep, being have. How’s it goin’ Dad? You would say “sssgoin’. I’m just doin’ Dad stuff.” You had that quirky personality and sense of humor that made you unique and made you my dad.

      Thought Saturday was going to be just another day hanging out with Dad grabbing some lunch like we normally would. When I talked to you on the phone at 10 o’clock the night before, you sounded like your normal quirky self. You asked me to come out and visit and seemed happy that you were going to see your youngest boy again. Had no idea that would be the last time I’d be able to talk to you. Can’t believe you’re gone.

      Anyway, I know that you know that I love you very much. You’ll always be “My Favorite Dad”, “the Rad Bad Dadster”, and the “D.O.D. (Dirty Ol’ Dad)”.

      God said it’s time for you to rest up. You’ve earned it. Rest in peace Daddio.


      Your M.V.P. (Jeremy)


  2. Rich,Kay,& Zoe Zabivnik May 7, 2024 at 10:12 pm

    We’re so sorry for your families loss! I didn’t know Mr. Pie well,but I know he raised a great family! May he RIP. Thoughts and Prayers sent to the whole family.
    & Zoe


  3. Rest In Peace My Brother. I Love You.


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