Obituary for Robert Grant Poulson
Robert “Bob” Grant Poulson, 68, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on September 24, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jacki Poulson, his children Elias (Venesha), Nellie Foster (George), Esther Poulson, and grandchildren Gabe, Isla, Rogue, Charlotte, Cattleya, and Alistair, as well as many extended family members.
Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA to Clarence and Doretha Poulson. He moved to Roscoe Illinois when he was 11 and graduated from Hononegah High School in 1967. Bob went to college in LA where he majored in art with a minor in photography. In 1974 Bob returned to Roscoe where he married his childhood friend Jacki Cummings.
In 1979 the Poulson’s moved to Hawaii, and spent seven years on the island of Hawaii before moving to Maui. In 1986 Bob and his dear friend Daryl formed Arita/Poulson General Contracting at a time when Maui was growing and changing. They were able to serve the community and build and remodel many structures around the island including schools, banks, shops, hotels, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and community centers. Bob could often be seen working along with his employees, teaching young people from diverse backgrounds, and forming many deep, lasting friendships in the community. Arita/Poulson has since expanded, received multiple awards in excellence, and serves the community state-wide with a second office in Oahu.
Bob was a member of the Living Word Fellowship Church, where he was an associate pastor at Hale O Nā Kāula Church on Maui. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing with his grandchildren, working outside, and tending his yard. Bob will be remembered for his love, patience, kindness, generosity, and willingness to always help others. He was a man of faith, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A public memorial service will be held on Friday October 20th, 2017 at Pukalani Community Center between 4 – 6 PM. Light refreshments and pupus will be provided.