Michael Joseph Plankey
the early morning of September 13th, 2018, surrounded by a houseful
of family and friends, Michael Joseph Plankey passed through the gates of
Heaven and into the arms of God.
in Burlington, Vermont on November 1, 1960, Michael was the son of William J.
Plankey and Rose A. Stone. Michael is survived by his mother, and his four
children: Jacob Plankey and Matthew Plankey of Vergennes, Vermont; David
Plankey and his fiancé Chelsea Lowell of Shelburne, Vermont; and Abbey
Plankey-Smith and her husband Courtney Smith of Spokane, Washington. Michael
was so proud of his new granddaughter Harper Rose Smith, of Spokane, Washington.
is also survived by his four sisters and their families: Kathy and Bill Gourlie
of Maryland; Barbi and Barry McDonald of Ferrisburgh, Vermont; Susan P. Hatch
and her partner Mike Gingras of Bristol, Vermont; and Diana and Drew Hirshfeld
of Reston, Virginia. His family also
consisted of the entire Plankey and Heath clans and numerous nieces, nephews
and cousins. He had a tremendous circle of dear friends and all will miss him
forever. He was predeceased by his father William Plankey Sr, his brother
William Plankey Jr, his nephew Stephen McKay and his father in-law Wayne Heath.
grew up in Vergennes and graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1978. He
attended SUNY Morrisville where he studied automobile technology. He worked as
a parts manager for several local dealerships. He will live on for so many of
us through his work as the Occasional Artist.
passion however was for the world of soccer, beginning as a player on the
Vergennes JV and Varsity teams, and later as their head coach. He was
instrumental in the development of youth soccer in Vergennes, including the
Vergennes Area Youth Soccer and Addison United groups. Over the years, Michael
mentored and coached many young players and left a lasting impact on his community.
soccer scholarship is being setup for deserving students at VUHS. In lieu of
flowers, please send your donations to “Goals for Success” in care of Amanda
Coyle and Richard Ambrose at 141 Stove Pipe City Road, Vergennes, VT 05491.
hours will be from 5 pm to 8 pm on September 17th at Brown-McClay
Funeral Home on Maple Street in Vergennes. Michael’s funeral will be on
September 18th at 11:00 am. At St. Peter’s Church in Vergennes.
family is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received from his
friends and the community at large, over the last four years during his
courageous battle with cancer. He rocked til his very last day. PLANKEY STRONG! “Don’t forget to learn