SHELBURNE - Michael E. Precourt, 57, of Shelburne died on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in Portsmouth, N.H., on August 27, 1955, beloved son of Rinald and Beatrice (Dolan) Precourt. Mike graduated from CVU High School in 1974 and then served two years active duty in the U.S. Army and two years in the Reserves. In 1983, Mike graduated from Keene State College where he was one of Alpha Pi Tau's legendary fraternity presidents.
On August 4, 1990, Mike married the love of his life, Mindy McCarthy. Together, they raised three children, Scout, Sammy and Thomas. Their most precious family memories were summers spent on Joe's Pond. Mike and Mindy acquired the camp from her mother and father in 2009. Mike enjoyed the ongoing renovations to make the camp their own while never forgetting the camp's family history. Mike's favorite pastimes at the camp were gathering with friends and family, sitting by the bonfire, towing tubers and skiers behind the boat and cooking.
After graduating college, Mike returned home to work in the family businesses, B&R Electric, B&R Developers and Precourt Investment Co. Mike's dream was to work with his brothers to grow the businesses founded by his parents. His primary role was president of B&R Electric, the electrical contracting business founded in 1973. B&R Developers created residential and commercial developments and allowed him to operate heavy equipment, one of his passions. He loved operating his excavator to create rock walls that will last forever. In addition, Mike participated in the management of Precourt Investment Co., a real estate company that owns and manages residential and commercial real estate in Chittenden County. Mike enjoyed acquiring distressed properties and transforming them into attractive, well-maintained properties.
As if this was not enough, he operated Dolan Farms with his brothers, son and nephews, raising purebred registered Angus beef cattle. He truly loved caring for the cattle, haying and everything else involved in operating a farm.
Woven through all of these businesses was family. Mike especially enjoyed working Saturdays with his brothers, son and nephews, including the all-important lunch at his parents' house. His work ethic, love and knowledge of equipment has been passed onto his son, Thomas, and his nephews, Joe, Mitch, Justin, Alex and Brendan. They will never forget Uncle Mike and what he taught them. Mike will be remembered for his smile, great sense of humor, generosity, big heart and being the life of the party. He was a longtime member of St. Catherine's Parish in Shelburne, and his faith remained strong throughout his courageous battle with cancer.
Mike leaves behind his wife, Mindy, and their children, Melinda Scout, Samantha and Thomas, of Shelburne; his parents, Rinald and Beatrice Precourt of Shelburne; his siblings, Raymond and Mary Precourt and their children Ian and Julia of Shelburne, Patricia and Jona Bennett and their children Brianna, Kellen and Alainna of Kennebunkport, Maine, Brian and Alison Precourt and their children Megan, Joseph and Alexander of Shelburne, Edward and Jo-Anne Precourt and their children Justin and Mitchell of Shelburne, Steven and Susan Precourt and their children Nicole, Brendan and Kristen of South Burlington; his father- and mother-in-law, William and Mary Porter of East Montpelier; aunts, Anna Landry, Louise LaLiberty, Rita Bourgalt and Rachel Precourt; uncles, Paul Precourt and Leo Precourt. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Edward and Rita Dolan and George and Emelia Precourt.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Church, Burlington. with burial to follow in Shelburne Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mike's memory may be made to the VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446; or to the Shelburne Food Shelf, PO Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482.
Published in Times Argus on June 10, 2013