Myron J. Poliner, of Wallingford and formerly of East Hampton, CT, a well known and respected Middletown attorney, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Born in Middletown on December 8, 1933, Myron was the son of Judge Israel Poliner and Gertrude (Pashalinsky) Poliner.
Myron was a graduate of Middletown High School (1950), Wesleyan University (1954), and the University of Virginia School of Law (1957). Upon graduation, he joined his father in the practice of law at the Poliner Building, 516 Main Street, Middletown. They would be joined by his brother Robert in 1969. Myron retired in 2017. The Middlesex County Bar Association and the State of the Connecticut General Assembly honored Myron for his 60 years of dedication as a member of the Connecticut Bar.
He resided in East Hampton in a home that he loved for 57 years until moving to Ashlar Village in Wallingford five years ago. A man of great civic involvement, he served in East Hampton as Chair of the Board of Education and the Sewer and Water Pollution Control Commission; President of the Middlesex County Bar Association and longtime Chair of its Standing Committee; member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers' Association; and an original member and Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Arbitration of Fee Disputes Committee. He was honored in 1988 to be a Presidential Elector and cast one of eight Connecticut Electoral College votes to elect President George H. W. Bush. He was a life-long member of Middletown’s Congregation Adath Israel, founded by his grandfather Jacob, and where Myron served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Endowment Fund.
An avid sailor since his boyhood days in Woodmont, Connecticut, Myron sailed on Long Island Sound until he sold his last boat in 2012. He and his wife, Jo, enjoyed much together, including sailing, riverboat traveling, baseball, playing bridge, and spending time with grandchildren.
Myron was the beloved husband of Josephine Trotta Poliner for 28 years. He leaves his son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Deborah, of Washington DC; his daughter Rachel Poliner of West Roxbury, MA; his daughter Elizabeth Poliner of Roanoke VA; and his beloved grandsons, Ariel and Adam Poliner. He also leaves his brother, Robert S. Poliner, of Bonita Springs, FL and his sister, Gail Poliner Feldman, of Braintree, MA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Additionally, he leaves his step-children and step-grandchildren, Jo-Anne Foley and her children Meghan, Gillian, Conor, and Declan; Jane Lewis and her daughter Sarah; and James Wrang and his daughter Caitlyn. A fourth step-child, Aurora Krupke, died on February 21, 2018 leaving her children Kaila and Gregory.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, 8 Broad Street, Middletown. Interment will follow in Adath Israel Cemetery. For Shiva arrangements or to leave condolences for the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the School Fund of Adath Israel Synagogue, P. O. Box 337, Middletown, CT 06457 or the Masonic Charity Foundation of Ashlar Village, 22 Masonic Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06492.
May his memory be a source of strength and a blessing to all with whom he shared life.