Michael Leon Mindell – Lake Worth, Fla./Shelburne

Michael Leon Mindell, 39, died as a result of a cliff jumping accident last Saturday, July 27, 2013, on Lake Champlain near the Palisades. Michael was born in Burlington on Sept. 12, 1973, to the late Dr. Howard Mindell and Maureen Mindell. He grew up in Shelburne and attended both Shelburne Village and Middle Schools. Michael graduated from the Hyde School in Bath, Maine, where he was a standout wrestler and lacrosse player and won the Golden Shovel Award for excellence in personal growth. He attended the University of Montana and graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor of arts in history and a minor in Spanish. Michael was a natural born athlete with a boundless love for the outdoors. He was an adventure-seeker who was passionate about hiking, fishing, mountain biking, camping, basketball, tennis, and snowboarding. An avid runner, he ran the Denver Marathon in May 2012. He loved music, and was forever picking up instruments and listening to records. Michael was also a talented glass blower, and attended Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle, Wash. Michael was deeply committed to his recovery from the disease of addiction and would have celebrated five years of sobriety this September. At the time of his death he was employed as a technician at New Directions in Boynton Beach, Fla., a rehabilitation facility that treats dually diagnosed addicts. He is survived by his beloved 14-year-old son, Lucas; his mother, Maureen; his sister, Ann Mindell and brother-in-law, Sean Toohey, all of Shelburne; his brother, Paul Mindell and sister-in-law, Malina Mindell of Pasadena, Calif.; and nephew and nieces, Boaz, Ariel and Ayla; as well as many cousins and friends. He was a joyful spirit with an infectiously bright smile and will be greatly missed by all. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at 11 am at Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St., South Burlington, with interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Kids on the Ball, c/o The King Street Center, P.O. Box 1615, Burlington, VT 05402 or online at www.kingstreetcenter.org.

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