Michael W. Fletcher, 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at the home he built in Lake Clear, surrounded by his family.
Michael was born on August 13, 1934 in Carthage, son of Phillip and Lucia (Bernier) Fletcher. He loved the wilderness of the North Country and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved paddling lakes and streams in his canoe as well as hiking and camping.
His enjoyment of riding was second to none, riding every opportunity he got and even competing in a Gymkhana against his daughters and grandchildren until the late 80’s. Mike was at his happiest surrounded by his family and close friends, supporting them in all their endeavors, traveling everywhere to attend their sporting events and training with them at home as recently as this summer. He celebrated his 88th birthday at a horse show in Vermont, supporting his granddaughter.
Michael never missed a bonfire or gathering, taking every opportunity to tell hunting and fishing stories as well as discuss ancestry/family history. Mike never left a gathering without singing some of his favorite old songs and getting us all in. Mike was truly the life of the party, deeply loved and deeply loved.
Mike retired from the NY Telephone Company (Ma-bell) in 1980 as a regional foreman; however, he never stopped working, working on his own for years. Over the years Mike has built five homes with the help of his children and friends, living in each one, his most recent where he has been, gazing out of his windows at the most magnificent panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks.
Mike is survived by his sister JoAnn Fletcher-Miles and his children Scott (Darlene) Fletcher of Spring Water, New York, Andrew (Tess) Fletcher of Vallejo, California and Amy Fletcher, Amber Fletcher, Paul Fletcher and Michelle Fletcher-Snyder all of Clear Lake. Mike is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the professional staff at UVM Burlington, VT for their help and support, and a very special thank you to the staff at High Peaks Hospice – we really couldn’t have given her this wonderful gift of being at the house at the end if not for them.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake, New York. Mike chose not to have services and chose to be cremated. The family will host a celebration of life and memorial bonfire on their property next summer. Dates and notices will be sent out and all are welcome to attend.
Family and friends wishing to remember Michael W. Fletcher may send memorial donations to High Peaks Hospice in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share a memory, send condolences and sign the guestbook online at www.fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.