H. Scott Poole (54), who lived with worsening ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) for eleven years, entered into rest on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, by his choice at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy surrounded by his pastor, family, friends and nurses. He had been a lawyer for Fulton Financial Corporation, which supported him in as many ways as possible. He was fortunate to have a few nurses who became a wonderful, devoted team. Each year "Scott's Crew" would participate in the ALS Walk at the Hershey ALS Clinic and many of his friends often contributed to the cause.
Scott was born in Lancaster and grew up to be a kind, considerate, and polite son, friend and colleague who enjoyed his home, his friends and always, to the very end, had a good sense of humor. He graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. After college, Scott entered commercial banking as a loan officer; first with Hamilton Bank in Lancaster and then with Downingtown National Bank. After eight years, however, he decided to go to law school and felt that his banking experience had been good training for law. He received his J.D. degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle in 1997. Scott most recently worked as Associate Legal Counsel and Vice-President of the Fulton Financial Corporation.
Scott spent much of his free time doing volunteer work. With his help, the Ruth Lorraine White Memorial Scholarship Trust was created at the Bright Side Baptist Church. He completed the Leadership Lancaster course offered by the Chamber of Commerce. He became a Trustee of the YWCA and the Chairman of their Race Against Racism committee. For many years, he worked for the annual Demuth Garden Tour and was on the board of the Historic Preservation Trust. He also served as a "Loaned Executive" for United Way; was on the Alumni Council of the Lancaster Country Day School and a member of the Lancaster Township Budget Advisory Committee. He was committed to saving the environment and helped to form the local chapter of the Sierra Club.
Scott enjoyed writing, architecture, photography, gardening, and appreciated the work of good local artists, but his biggest passion was backpacking. From a very early age he camped and canoed near his home on the Conestoga River. He became an avid backpacker. Short trips in the Eastern woods prepared him for longer trips in the West that included backpacking on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada range of California, the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, the Wind River Range in Wyoming and Dark Canyon in Utah. He took to the water canoeing on the Allagash River in Maine, white-water rafting down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River of Idaho and sea kayaking on Puget Sound. His final backpacking adventure was in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle to the Arrigetch Peaks. Naturally, the books he enjoyed included Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods with its tongue-in-cheek humor.
Scott is survived by his mother and father, Joanne Murray Poole and H. Herbert Poole. He is also survived by two uncles, two aunts, and eight first cousins.
His funeral will be at St. James Episcopal Church, Duke and Orange Streets, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with The Reverend David W. Peck officiating. Committal will follow in the Churchyard. There will be an opportunity to meet with family and friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.