Harry Bradford Poole
Born: August 17, 1937 (Mount Rose, Nova Scotia)
Died: February 26, 2014 (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
Member: Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame (2012)
Harry Poole was co-owner of Scotia Speedworld and the Maritime Pro Stock Tour with Cecil Vance. Both men were inducted into the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame as promotors and builders in 2012.
Scotia Speedworld opened on May 27, 1988, as a three-tenths-of-a-mile race-track oval opposite Halifax International Airport. It later was converted to a D-shaped track and now seats 6,000 spectators.
In 2000, the co-owners founded the Atlantic Cat 250, an annual stock-car race. The following year, the men founded the Maritime Pro Stock Tour, one of the top stock touring races on the continent.
Born in Annapolis County, N.S., Poole worked in construction before founding his own Woodlawn Construction in 1969. In 1994, he began Amber Contracting Limited, specializing in road building and sewer and water work.
The sale of 50/50 tickets at the track over the past quarter-century has raised nearly $200,000 for the local Shriners Hospital for Children, while track management has donated $100,000 to the remedial seating unit at the IWK (Izaak Walton Killam) Health Care Centre in Halifax.
Poole leaves his wife, the former June Fraser; a son; a daughter; three grandchildren; and, a sister. He was predeceased by four sisters and three brothers.