Michael John Burrage, a former resident of Essex, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly in Alexandria,
Virginia, on Wednesday, May 26th. He was 50 years old. Mike was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and
true friend who didn’t have a mean bone in his body – he had a generous heart, was always willing to
lend a hand and a board game.
He attended Clarkson University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and
later received his MBA from the University of Vermont. He was most recently employed as an
Information Technology Specialist with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Mike was perhaps best known for asking “Why? There must be a reason for that…. I wonder what it is?”
He was driven to find the answer and enjoyed sharing those answers with others. Mike was the jovial
Hobbit that everyone loved to be around. No matter what Michael was to you, there is no doubt you will
think of him as you ponder your next question.
Michael is survived by his father, Peter Burrage and his companion Susan Hartman of South Burlington;
sister Ann Burrage of Essex; niece Melanie Theriault (Josh Noel) of Medford, MA; nephew Austin
Theriault (Jordan Walsh) of Essex; nephew Nathan Theriault (Emmalee Smith) of Essex; nephew Owen
Theriault of Essex; cousin Peter Halloran of New York, NY; cousin Priscilla Halloran of Falls Church, VA;
cousin Chuck Halloran of Bedford, MA; and longtime friend John Owens of Gainesville, Virginia. He is
also survived by his former brother-in-law Patrick Theriault of Essex, along with many lifelong friends.
Mike was predeceased by his mother, Priscilla Burrage, in 2009.
Michael, our world is a little less bright with your untimely passing, but you will never be forgotten
among your family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Services will be
held at a later date at the convenience of the family.