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Michael Burelle, 62, died on January 17, 2022.
Born in Nashua on September 12, 1959, he was predeceased by his parents Roger R. Burelle and Phyllis M. (Slosek) Robichaud.
He had been employed by UPS and a Teamster for 22 years, from where he retired in 2020. In the past worked in HVAC; at NESCO, the construction of metal roofs; worked in construction; and was a short-lived cook at a local family restaurant; among others.
The last accomplishment that Michael is proud of was the restoration of a 1982 Jeep CJ7. He made sure everything was done right. He had tips from mechanics, car programs and YouTube.
He spent time around his camp property in northern Vermont, previously inhabited by his father. He liked being up there as much as possible.
He and his wife were tied at the hip. He taught her to ride a motorcycle. They each rode their own bike until they finally got an HD sport touring bike putting their personal touch and 98,000 miles, with her and with friends.
Michael enjoyed gardening, including his favorite flower, the peony; watch NFL and college football on TV; liked to watch car auctions and liked to say “Sold! Sold! Sold!”; watched old movies and TV shows like Andy Griffith; his favorite music was classic rock and was always hissing; he was interested in backyard bird watching and astronomy; In the past, I loved surf casting at Plum Island, flying big kites and fixing things. He loved this country! Among so many other things.
Michael loved animals raising 4 Chow Chows for 30 years. Life shared with cats in particular, Bear who gravitated around him as a stray kitten. He even built an outdoor shelter with heating for a stray cat during the winter. TigerKitty, eventually became an indoor cat and part of the family. It was not uncommon for him to stop to help a turtle cross the road. He was always thrilled to see a bald eagle and other raptors and wildlife when traveling in northern NH and Maine.
He loved picking wild blueberries at a special spot in Rangeley, Maine and picnicking along the Androscoggin River in Errol with a pizza or picnic.
Michael was sentimental and fell in love with yellow, his mother’s favorite color, subtly including it in his Jeep and throughout his life. He was stopping at the sanctuary in Columbia, NH to light candles for his loved ones. Her life has been dotted with thoughtful, memorable, sweet and loving gestures.
He is survived by his wife, Judy (Bathalon) Burelle, with whom he shared 42 years. Siblings include: her late brother, Gary Burelle; sisters, Paula Raymond and her husband Steve of Amherst; Lisa Moody and her husband Michael from FL; Cynthia Olson of Virginia; Sandra Daniels from KY; and Pamela Kennedy of Mount Vernon. He also had several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There are no services at the moment. Arrangements are entrusted to Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer your condolences, visit www.smith-heald.com.