Michael E. Precourt – Shelburne

Michael E. Precourt, 57, of Shelburne, died on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Portsmouth, N.H., on Aug. 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 Aug. 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 Company. 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 Company, 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 on to 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. His faith remained strong throughout his courageous battle with cancer. Mike leaves behind his wife, Mindy; their children, Melinda Scout, Samantha, and Thomas, of Shelburne; parents, Rinald and Beatrice Precourt of Shelburne; 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; father- and mother-in-law, William and Mary Porter of East Montpelier; aunts, Anna Landry, Louise LaLiberty, Rita Bourgalt, and Rachel Precourt; and 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, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 am 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 Rd., Colchester, VT 05446; or the Shelburne Food Shelf, PO Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482.

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