Thompson, CT – Jonas Jeremiah Poirier, 14, entrepreneur, gourmet, sports fanatic and fashionista, left us far too early on Saturday, September 30th, 2017.
Jonas was planning towards his millions from the age of ten. He used his suave personality and unbelievably charming smile on more than one occasion to coax kids (and adults alike) to buy into one of his many business schemes. While vacationing in Maine, he spent a weekend hosting a basketball camp (even though he had no more than leisurely played the sport at the time). He utilized the free basketball court and took advantage of a long rainy weekend to easily convince parents that the small fee he was charging was worth some time outdoors, and he was equally resounding to the attendees with his clipboard, whistle and terrycloth headband, that they were learning skills from the best. During sunnier weekends in Maine, he tried his hand at his own lawn mowing service. With dozens of takers with postage stamp lawns and his younger brother as his assistant working for $1.00 a lawn, it was a very profitable summer for Jonas. His work ethic continued to be unmatched.
Our family wondered if Jonas secretly had invested in Frito Lay. If he wasn’t concocting his own recipes, all of which contained some sort of chip, he lobbied to have most meals accompanied by a handful Funions or a Doritos (cool ranch or spicy depending on the main dish). He considered himself a chip connoisseur.
Luckily, his appetite for junk food didn’t impact his athletic drive. Jonas participated in an enormous array of sports including: hockey, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, golf, running, skiing, fishing, and for the first time this past year, football. At 5’ 5” and 100 lbs. we were slightly skeptical about his ability to keep up with some of his 5’10 180 (and up) counterparts. Not only did Jonas prove us wrong, he didn’t miss an opportunity to use a door frame for a pull up or a push up in between bites at dinnertime. He insisted that in no time he’d grow to the size of his varsity teammates that he constantly bragged about and aspired to be like.
Whether on the field, in the rink, on the course -or anywhere for that matter- Jonas’s sense of style was a precedence. A walk around the block with the dog required a minimum of 20 minutes of grooming beforehand. For his weekly treks down the street to his favorite fishing spot at Little Pond, Jonas usually donned a long-sleeved button-down Polo, khaki shorts (both crisply ironed) and a pair of boat shoes. No matter what his agenda had in store, his hair was always a top priority. When mixed in a crowd of people we could quickly identify him by the perfect coif that he had groomed so that not a hair was out of place. In fact, Jonas’s hair often looked maintained when he came down for breakfast in the morning. It must have been his stock of high end hair products.
Jonas was adored by his family. He left his parents, Jeremiah and Melissa Poirier wondering how they could have been so lucky to be blessed with such an amazing child; 3 siblings, Megan Dickinson of Worcester and Katherine Poirier and Logan Poirier all longing to hear just one more of his stories; his grandmother, Mary Jane (Hargrove) Poirier of Worcester whose lawn has never looked better since Jonas started mowing it this past summer; his maternal grandmother, Mary (Evans) Morel of Worcester who always had his favorite root beer on hand; aunts, uncles, cousins, great-grandfather and many, many friends.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of family. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday, October 7, in Scanlon Funeral Service, 38 East Main Street,Webster. A reception to celebrate his life will be held from 2:30 to 5:00 PM in Thompson Middle School, 785 Riverside Drive, N. Grosvenordale, CT
Finally, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Thompson Recreation Department, PO Box 899, N. Grosvenordale, CT or to High Pointe Church Youth Ministry, 1208 Thompson Road, Thompson, CT 06277.