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Poel dies of a heart attack

DAYTONA BEACH—Harlan "Jim" Poel, 67, passed away, Jan. 29, 2011, in his Florida home.
Poel was a pilot for the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport.  According to the museum, Poel suffered a massive heart attack.
Poel began a career in aviation at the age of 22, with his career spanning 38 years with American Airlines. He was a test pilot and often a special speaker for Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. He and his wife were cofounders of the Seaplane Homecoming, which is held at the Curtiss Museum.
He was previously injured in the test flight of an Albany Flyer reproduction plane, June 19, 2010, in Penn Yan.
According to the Lohman Funeral Home in Florida, he leaves behind his wife, Lovada; mother, Velma Forgarty (husband: Ed); one daughter, Debra Pope (husband: Chris); two brothers, Charles Poel (wife: Fran) and Thomas Poel (wife: Laurie); and one sister Karen Rickards (husband: Bill). Poel is preceded in death by his father Harlan James Poel and one daughter, Sherri.

 

 


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