Everett Pouliot

Everett J. Pouliot

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
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Everett J. Pouliot, 87, beloved husband for 56 years of Marilyn (Higgins) Pouliot, of Elizabeth Drive, Pawcatuck, passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Born in Bath, Maine, he was the son of the late Antonio and Adelia Pouliot.

Everett was a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono and Fairfield University where he earned his Master’s. He taught History and English at Stonington High School for many years and following his retirement as an educator, he assisted in the day to day operations of the Adult Education at SHS.

Everett will be dearly missed by his wife Marilyn; two sons, Andrew Pouliot of Maryland and Timothy Pouliot of Pawcatuck; and three sisters, Joan Tomany of E. Hartford, CT, Loretta Ezell of Huntsville, AL and Madeline Beadreau of Willimantic, ME. He is also survived by his brother-in-law William Higgins and wife Eileen of Westerly, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his two brothers, Roland and Ivan Pouliot and his sister Muriel Mehlhorn. He also lost his lifelong friend Andrew Rines.

Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. At Everett’s request, funeral service and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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Jean Nardone

Posted at 03:03pm
I owe a wonderful teaching career to my mentor Everett Pouliot. To call him a “critic” teacher would be a misnomer. He was a fabulous teacher and a wonderful model. I could only aspire to be the teacher he was, and he encouraged me to do so, providing the support a young teacher needs to be successful. His sense of humor and compassion had a lifelong effect on me. Rest In Peace, Mr. P. Jean Nardone

Kathleen Clark

Posted at 01:51pm
I was fortunate to have been a colleague of Everett’s. He was a great teacher & colleague.
He was also President of the SEA for many years & negotiated many of our contracts.
He was a capable leader and very well respected by his fellow teachers.
The town of Stonington will miss him.
Kathleen Clark

Andrew Blanda

Posted at 12:19am
I seem to remember we called it the “Senior Hallway” back then... the afternoon sunlight at Stonington High would come in through the glass doors, silhouetting two men who stood side by side at its end. There they were, arms folded across their chests, legs at shoulder width, watching... waiting... for the hallway to clear. Both of them were men of great stature, although physically as different as night and day. Both of them were men who had my admiration, then and now. On the left Bob Anderson, on the right, Everett Pouliot.

To say Everett was a good teacher would be an understatement. He could bring a classroom full of wild hormonal (and back in the ‘70’s, often stoned) teenagers under control with a Cheshire cat grin, or a piercing stare, or an eye roll, or a softly delivered but unmistakably clear word of warning, which invariably began with the words “If you think...” and ended with the phrase “... well I’ve got news for you, Buster.” Everett ran his classroom with thought provoking wit and understated wisdom. Good humor was the rule, not the exception. Respect was earned and given, it started with Everett, and he always reciprocated. The lesson plan may have been History, but the lesson learned was ultimately far more valuable. Everett was, in the truest sense of word, an educator.

With deep sympathy to Marilyn, Andy, and Tim.

Andy Blanda, SHS Class of ‘77


Joanna Gingerella Gradilone

Posted at 09:05am
Dear Marilyn, Andrew & Tim - My sincere symparthy. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

donna celico

Posted at 09:52pm
Every time I would pass Everett in a crowded hallway during change of classes at Stonington High, I would observe that he was wishing a "Good morning" or a "Hello" to a passing student and he always called them by name. What a wonderful example to a new teacher! Donna Celico in fond remembrance of Everett

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