ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – Michael Sinclaire Sutton, 73, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 8 at his home in Lower Bartonsville with his family at his side.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of George Richard Holahan III and Clothilde Sinclaire Price. He grew up on Long Island, N.Y., graduated from Friends Academy, Locust Valley, N.Y. He attended Cornell University, worked on Wall Street in New York City for a period of time and then joined the Clyde, Beattie & Cole Circus, tending the elephants.
Michael always maintained his love and unique ability to communicate with animals both wild and domestic. He was a true gentleman with a charming sense of humor as well as being a brilliant man of words and letters. Family and friends remember him reading the New York Times and the New Yorker to his last day and solving all the crossword puzzles.
For many years, Michael was a foreign car mechanic, a craftsman and carpenter, and a talented photographer. He moved to the Lower Bartonsville School House in 2012 after his career in Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington on Long Island.
Michael is survived by his lifelong friend Clare Luce Abbey of California; his sister Marvie Campbell of Bartonsville and her partner William Brown of Grafton; nephews Christopher Campbell of Bozeman, Mont. and Teo Campbell of Cambridge, Vt. and their families; and his cousins Dr. Fiske Warren of New York City, Cicily Hajek of Sharon, Conn., and Prudence Borland of Glen Ridge, N.J. He was predeceased by his mother, father, and two brothers Richard and Thomas.
A small celebration of life will be held after the holidays, and another celebration will take place at the Sinclaire family home in Northville, N.Y. in May 2019.
Contributions in Michael’s memory can be made to Grace Cottage Hospital.