By STACY MILLBERG - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catholic community is mourning the loss the Rev. Charles Poore, who lost his battle with cancer Thursday.
Poore was 50 years old. A native of Ashtabula County, Poore graduated from Conneaut High School before entering the priesthood. He returned to the county two years ago after being assigned as pastor of St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish in Jefferson and St. Andrew Parish in Sheffield Township.
The Rev. Raymond Thomas, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ashtabula, described Poore as a very jovial individual who was loved by many.
“He was a breath of new life for (St. Joseph) parish and also for the county,” Thomas said. “He always had such wonderful stories to tell.”
Thomas said he frequently has a group of priests from around the county over for dinner and Poore was always the entertainer, keeping everyone laughing during their visits.
“I always enjoyed having him over for dinner,” he said.
Poore was just diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in February. Thomas said Poore had a real sense of humor about what was happening and was in good spirits all throughout his illness.
“He knew what was going on,” he said. “He knew what was happening and he accepted it. He wasn’t angry about it.”
Thomas said he would visit Poore on a weekly basis when he learned of his illness. During their visits, Poore was always surrounded by people who cared about him.
“People would drive from Youngstown and Canton to visit and pray with him,” Thomas said. “He was just a real delight.”
Poore was ordained in 1989 and would have celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest next year, Thomas said. During his career, Poore has served as parochial vicar of St. Charles in Boardman, St. Michael in Canton, St. Joseph in Austintown and St. Rose in Girard. He was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Youngstown, administrator of St. Rose of Lima in Youngstown, administrator of Queen Holy Rosary in Lowellville and most recently as pastor of St. Joseph in Jefferson and St. Andrew in Sheffield.
Poore also served two terms on the diocesan Presbyteral Council.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J. Bishop of Youngstown at 11 a.m. May 20 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Conneaut. Calling hours will be held May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Church and May 20 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at St. Francis Cabrini prior to the funeral.
Thomas has been serving as temporary administrator of the two parishes while Poore was ill. The diocese will post the vacancy and a new pastor will be assigned within the next few months, possibly sooner, Thomas said.
“I am going to miss him dearly, myself,” he said.