Pomerleau remembered at funeral service

COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) Funeral services and a remembrance celebration were held Tuesday for well-known Vermont businessman and philanthropist Tony Pomerleau.

The 100-year-old died last week of complications from pneumonia.

Pomerleau was known for his years of generous donations to the community and his successful real estate career.

Pomerleau and his wife, Rita, raised 10 children and enjoyed spending time with their 13 grandchildren. One of their grandchildren, Drew Waxler, sat down with WCAX News before the funeral to share what he learned from his grandfather.

"He'd always have these mottos. We'd call them Papa-isms. 'You don't go broke by taking a profit.' 'Never skin a bear until you shoot it.' 'Timing is the success of everything'-- he said that a lot. 'It doesn't matter what you do as long as you're happy,'" Waxler said.

After the private funeral, friends and family gathered at St. Michael's College for a celebration of Tony Pomerleau's life.

Sen. Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, who is Pomerleau's niece, attended the ceremony. Other dignitaries, including Rep. Peter Welch, Gov. Phil Scott and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger were also there.