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April 29, 2009

Reflecting on a great loss

When your boss calls and asks you to get in touch with him "as soon as possible," your mind races.

But of all the possibilities that crossed my mind early yesterday afternoon when that happened, none of them came close to the impact of being told that our co-worker and friend, David Poole, had passed away suddenly of a heart attack.

It was numbing news, and still is today. To think that 24 hours ago from right now (just before 10 a.m. at the time of this writing), David was alive and fresh off covering a NASCAR race at Talladega, and now is no longer with us, is almost beyond comprehension.

We all know that life is fleeting and can be taken from us in a moment, but it is so easy to take that perspective for granted. Death, cold and cruel as it seems, is a stark reminder of that important reality.

It already has been written eloquently by co-workers like Tom Sorensen and Scott Fowler that we will miss David tremendously and we have no idea how we will move forward without him.

He set an example for all of us who cover sports, especially beats. There is a concept of a reporter "owning" a beat. That's when they're the best of the best in their field. Well, David "owned" the NASCAR beat. Just look at the quotes today from people all across the racing world. Look at how they described David -- tough, fair, passionate, dogged, determined, more concerned about what was right than what somebody thought. Those are high compliments, all of which David richly deserved.

Many of us who knew him were concerned about his health. He worked so hard, with such long hours, traveled almost constantly, and was covering such a demanding beat. But how do you tell David Poole to slow down? The man covered racing, after all. And he did so at a pace that matched the sport.

If we could hear from David now, I believe he would be telling us not to make such a fuss about him, to just go about our business and take a lesson from his death:

Life is sweet. Life is short. Live it fully. Tell the people you love that you love them, and show them with your actions. And take a moment every day to ask yourself: "What if this was my last day?"

Please join us in the Observer family in praying for David's family. Their loss is great.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on April 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

Comments

My condolences to David's family, I'm definitely praying for you.

Posted by: Jim | Apr 29, 2009 1:12:03 PM

I will miss David Poole.

Posted by: hellfish | Apr 29, 2009 2:37:37 PM

David was a mentor to my current boss, and one of the best writers ever to cover NASCAR. We already miss you, big fella!

Posted by: Aaron Burns | Apr 29, 2009 3:01:35 PM

I lost my Dad unexpectedly last week and this story hits close to home. My prayers are with the Poole family and God will make good from all situations if we allow Him.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 29, 2009 3:25:56 PM

I lost my Dad unexpectedly last week and this story hits close to home. My prayers are with the Poole family and God will make good from all situations if we allow Him.

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 29, 2009 3:26:32 PM

This sucks.

David Poole will surely be missed. God bless his family.

Posted by: Revshawn | Apr 29, 2009 4:00:05 PM


This city needs David Poole...

I hope the Observer staff is up to the challenge...


Mr. Poole raised the bar

Posted by: Scott | Apr 29, 2009 4:26:49 PM

David was quite possibly the greatest journalist in Charlotte history, and was respected by everyone in a sport where respect is hard to earn. Condolences to his family and friends, we're praying for you guys.

Posted by: Teej | Apr 29, 2009 4:31:05 PM

Unbelievably surprised and saddened. He will be missed.

Posted by: Brian James | Apr 29, 2009 4:42:06 PM

Life can be cruel and is always uncertain. One day you're here and the next day you're gone. I send the best of wishes to David's family.

Posted by: Ace | Apr 29, 2009 5:30:11 PM

I send my thoughts and prayers to the Poole and Charlotte Observer family. Sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Posted by: wowo | Apr 29, 2009 6:07:09 PM

Though I was never a huge nascar fan, David Poole's articles are how I usually kept up with the sport, and I enjoyed them greatly. Sorry for the loss, he'll be missed.

Posted by: Steve in SC | Apr 29, 2009 10:18:05 PM

thanks for the UGK quote Ace. rip david poole.

Posted by: j | Apr 29, 2009 11:44:51 PM

Really? People were surprised by this?

Posted by: Someone who noticed he was morbidly obese | Apr 30, 2009 2:55:10 AM

No problem j

Posted by: Ace | Apr 30, 2009 8:04:03 AM

There are 6 BILLION people on this planet and in 100 years or less they will all die of one cause or another. Get over it, move on. What does this have to do with sports anyhow, I'll tell you...NOTHING. Hire someone else, for cheaper, helps the bottom line of the paper, let the dead bury the dead. Live and let die. Get over it and move on.

Posted by: American Slavic | Apr 30, 2009 4:03:38 PM

slavic its true.someone its really true

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 4:44:30 PM

he has a large double chin i hate nascar

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 4:46:44 PM

he has a large double chin i hate nascar

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 4:46:45 PM

wat a fat @$$


Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 4:48:13 PM

Look at how they described David -- tough
i could pop his blubber neck with a neddle

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 5:01:15 PM

Look at how they described David -- tough
i could pop his blubber neck with a neddle

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 5:01:15 PM

no way he is tough

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 5:01:54 PM

no way he is tough

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 5:01:55 PM

he could get beaten up by a rock

Posted by: g8panther96 | Apr 30, 2009 5:02:32 PM

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