By Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Managing Editor

Charles (Charley) Poellet, of K&M Plastics Inc., of Elk Grove Village, Ill., died suddenly of natural causes on May 14. He was 59. Poellet was serving as vice president of the WQA for 2003-2004 after being active in the association for many years. He served on the Board of Directors from1997-2003. In addition, he served as chair of the Convention, Public Relations, and World Assembly Executive committees. Poellet received the WQA Award of Merit in 1999. His wife, Patricia Lowney Poellet, is also a longtime WQA member. Bill Prior, the first World Assembly executive committee chairman and Kinetico co-founder, said Poellet will be sorely missed. “I was very close to Charley. I kind of had a policy of not to do business with friends, but what do you when the people you do business with over a long period of years become friends? That’s the case with Charley and Pat,” Prior said. He added that Poellet’s contributions to the WQA can never be overestimated: “It’s one thing to talk about personal relationships. There wasn’t an individual in the WQA that supported our industry and the association as well as he did. He was obviously slated to be president. He’s just a very principled, wonderful man. That encompasses a lot.”

Jim Baker, of Ameriwater and WQA president, said the fact the fact that Poellet was in line for the presidency speaks volumes about his contributions: “I always enjoyed working with Charlie. He was a consensus-builder, and he did a good job representing WAD (World Assembly Division) at the Board of Governors and Board of Directors levels.” Baker added, “He was very interested in promoting the water industry even though his company was in other things besides water.” In fact, along with past WQA president Bob Ruhstorfer, Poellet was credited with giving the international contingent a respected forum at WQA meetings. Baker called Poellet’s passing a “shock” and remembers him as an avid runner and exercise enthusiast. Poellet and his wife, Pat, helped coordinate the tennis functions at WQA’s mid-year meetings. (On a side note, Baker said it will now be up to the WQA’s manufacturers’ section to decide on Poellet’s replacement and most likely the association’s next president. “It’s a strange situation,” Baker surmised.) A memorial was held at the Fort Worth Boat Club, 10000 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials to research mascular degeneration may be made to: Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297, or by contacting (800) 683-5555 and website: www.blindness.org/donate/default.asp

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