Christopher "Pop" Popoloski, 45, passed away suddenly Friday. A resident of Providence and its unofficial mayor, he was a son of Georleen "Jolli" Howlett former owner of Botanica Flowers, E.G. and of North Kingstown and Louis Popoloski of Scituate.
Pop was a sound engineer at Providence Performing Arts Center, and a member of IATSE Local #23 and 481. Never afraid to share his opinion, he was a vocal supporter and integral part of the local labor movement and an astute defender of ethics and fairness.
He was an avid photographer and gifted teller of true stories, who spent his days nonchalantly capturing the beauty and sharing his deep love of the city. An enthusiastic friend, Pop was always available to anyone who needed a helping hand, advice, or just a hug.
He is survived by his brother Jason Popoloski and his partner Prissana Thamboon and their children Kevin and Salinla of Chiang Mai, Thailand; his sister Winsor Pop Williamson and her husband Paul of Providence; and his step-mother Donalda Carlson of Scituate.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the A. Tarro & Sons Funeral Home, 425 Broadway, Providence. A celebration of his extraordinary life will be held Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster St., Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to R.I. Jobs with Justice.