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43 Main Street
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
Phone: 518-686-5123
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Jeffrey  Pokines

Jeffrey David Pokines

Friday, June 28th, 1963 - Sunday, October 18th, 2020
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It is with great sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Jeffrey David Pokines, 57, on October 18, 2020. Jeffrey was born on June 28, 1963, in Bennington, VT to Walter A. and Meryle (Minor) Pokines. Raised in Hoosick Falls, NY, he graduated from Hoosick Falls Central School in 1981.

A loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan, Jeffrey was also a very good artist, often displaying his work. He loved music and was quite accomplished with the mellophone. Jeffrey attended the School of Contemporary Radio, after which he worked as a DJ at radio stations in New York and Massachusetts.

Later in life Jeffrey graduated from Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy, NY, and then UMASS at Amherst, MA, earning his Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. While at UMASS Jeffrey played in the marching band at all the school's games.

After a short stint working for the “Mr. Ding-A-Ling”, ice cream truck franchise, Jeffrey made the bold move to start his very own ice cream truck business in Keene, NH. He chose the name “Mr. Smarty Pants” and was a smashing success. Jeffrey was also in great demand as a substitute teacher for New Hampshire Schools. He was well known and beloved by all the area children and their parents, too.

Left to cherish his memory are, his mother, Meryle H. Pokines of Hoosick Falls, NY, his seven brothers and sisters: Walter (Patricia) Pokines, Jr., of Tipp City, OH, Karen (Rodney) LaFlamme of Eagle Bridge, NY, Jay Pokines of Hoosick Falls, NY, Kim (Gerald) Harrington of Hoosick Falls, NY, Kerry (Ruth) Pokines of Virginia Beach, VA, Karol (Steven) Fritz of New Bern, NC, James (Victoria) Pokines of Jamaica Plain, MA, also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Jeffrey is predeceased by his father, Walter Pokines Sr.

Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls on Sunday October 25th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter or the Shelter of your choice, through the funeral home.
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Susan Kelley Herring

Posted at 05:49am
To the entire Pokines Family, We were so very sad to hear of Jeff's passing, he was always such a kind soul. Please know you are all in our thought's and prayer's at this very difficult time. Sue & Mike Herring

Kathy Cobb

Posted at 10:02pm
I am very sorry to read of the passing of Jeff. I had the pleasure of working with him a couple of years ago. He was very creative . At one point in the year, we all had to perform a skit. He transformed from quiet Jeff to a boisterous 'big bad wolf' driving a cab .He was hilarious and talented. His quiet style, dry sense of humor ,and intelligence will be missed. My thoughts and condolences are sent to his family at this very sad time. Kathy Cobb

Richard Waterhouse

Posted at 06:19pm
To Mrs. Pokines & family, I just got the news of Jeff's passing from Jay. I am beyond myself as we grew up together & remained the best of friends for over 40 years. I have way too many memories to put down but there was an abundance of cherished ones for sure. My sincere sympathy to you all. I will miss my dear friend til we meet again.

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Kerry and Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss. Our prayers are with you.
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