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“SEMPER FI. MARINE ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Christopher Cefalo - Gloucester, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Rollie's family and friends. Rest in Peace Rollie. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Neil Yianacopolus - Melrose, MA

“Truly larger than life. You'll be missed greatly. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Domenic Tonnessen - Friend

“Rip Rollie You always brought laughter and a big smile to Young st we'll miss you❤ ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Frank and mary Penney - Tewksbury, MA

“RIP Rollie. Great times with you and Joe growing up in Melrose. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Kelly - Intervale, NH

“To rollies Family just want to say how sorry we are to hear of rollies passing.rolls will always remember all the great times over the years you...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“We loved you Rollie... Joy and Sue ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Joy Hirschfeld - Newburyport, MA

“RIP Rollie Helen and I will miss bumping into you along life's highways. You always greeted us with a loud hello and asked how all were doing. ...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Robert Chisholm - Melrose, MA

“Rollie, Goody and I will miss your laughter and generous spirit.Rest in peace, my friend.Brian Goodhue and Bette Lynch ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: BETTE LYNCH - MELROSE, MA

“Rollie, thanks for the memories when we went in to the old Garden and watched some old time hoops and hockey games many times. you are greatly...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Jimmyr Crowther - Stoneham, MA

“From 5th grade to g-block English to job site you'll always be my friend and my brother rest in peace ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Joseph Neulist - Tewksbury, MA

“I'm going to miss you more than anyone would ever know. I love you Rollie, you were simply the best of the best. ...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Iantosca - Malden, MA

“Rollie I'm so sad to hear this news. I know you are in a better place now and will be at peace. I'll never forget your kindness and how you made us...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Sally O'Neill - Wakefield, MA

“I only met Rollie twice - he was a funny, loud, warm person whom I wish I knew better. Xoxox ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Robyne Cooke - Family Friend

“I always found Rollie to be friendly, kind, thoughtful and always asking how his other friends were. I never heard a him speak poorly of anyone. RIP ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Sandra hamilton - Melrose, MA

“Rollie was a great friend that I'll miss dearly. We shared a lot of laughs and some hard times too. Grateful to have known you Rollie and may you...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Norman Harrow - SAUGUS, MA

“God has you in his arms Ill keep you in my heart. Semper Fi Brothet ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: B Micciche - Friend

“RIP, Rollie ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Chris Durney - Kingston, NH

“Dear Rollie's Family and friends,I am so very sorry. I was good friends with Rollie, for more years than I can count. I will miss him. My deepest...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Sharon Cerretani - Melrose, MA

“You are truly missed my friend. Rest in peace. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Paul Tonnessen - Kahului, HI

“So sorry for your loss. He was a kind soul and always had a wonderful smile on his face. He will be so missed. RIP ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Ltnne Pistorino - Melrose, MA

“It was an honor to be aquatinted with Rollie. I was very find of this man. He had a big heart and was always welcoming. May you rest in peace Rollie....Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Raymond Welcome - Gloucester, MA

“Rest in peace Rolly! You will be remembered dearly!my thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends! ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Jackie Mcdonald aka Kenyon - NH

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Roland "Rollie" Poulin passed away at his home in Melrose on April 11, 2018. He was 58 years of age. Rollie was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and lived most of his life in Melrose. He entered the US Marine Corps in 1977 and served his country with pride until 1982. Mr. Poulin worked as an iron worker for many years and was a member of the Iron Workers Local 7 in Boston. He was a very outgoing person with a huge personality and a great sense of humor. Rollie enjoyed the trip he took to Hawaii several years back and was looking forward to going back and visit with his friends someday. Mr. Poulin was the son of the late Joseph & Gloria (Hopkins) Poulin. Brother of Pamela Temmallo, Faith Gronemeyer and the late Joseph Poulin. Also survived by several nieces & nephews and numerous friends. A funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:00AM, followed by the presentation of military honors. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne where his brother Joseph is interred will be private.