Tony Pomerleau, a Vermont man who rose from humble roots to become one of the state's major business figures and a prominent philanthropist, has died at age 100.
Pomerleau died late Thursday at his home in Burlington. Originally from Newport VT, he developed Vermont's first shopping centers. Business records from 2012 show family properties in 18 Vermont towns and three northern New York communities.
Pomerleau was known for his charitable giving. For more than 30 years, he sponsored a Christmas party for hundreds of low-income Burlington children. He donated $1 million to recovery projects from Tropical Storm Irene. He also donated a million dollars each to St. Michael’s College, the local YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.
Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s wife Marcelle is Pomerleau's niece.
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