CAMBRIDGE: Jack Francis Corse, Jr., 66, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, from pneumonia (not cancer nor COVID). He was born on December 10, 1954 in Burlington son of the late Jack F. Corse Sr. and Jane (Ketcham) Corse.
Jack attended Cambridge Elementary and graduated from Lamoille Union High School. As a young man, he could be found much of the winter skiing every downhill slope at Smugglers’ Notch.
Jack met, on a blind date, and married the former Carolyn “Cary” Bryden on September 6, 1986 in Bristol VT.
After high school, Vermont felt small to Jack – the west was calling. He decided to attend college in Reno, Nevada and Ft. Collins, Colorado, but as it turned out, his love for skiing and the thrill of working were much more important to Jack. His time out west, like so much else he did, was an opportunity for adventure and to meet new friends that would become family. Although Jack enjoyed his years out west, Vermont was where his heart was. He returned to Cambridge Jct. to work alongside his parents, his brother Jerry, and his Uncle Henry in the family fuel business. Jack eventually bought the business and grew Jack F. Corse Inc., to what it is today, a well known local family business. He was a well respected and accomplished businessman and beloved leader to a dedicated and talented staff.
Jack was an active member of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, a past member of Cambridge Area Rotary, National Skeet Shooting Association, and various other community organizations.
He took great pride in knowing he could drive any vehicle except a school bus.
Jack loved to travel and especially loved the ocean whether on a boat catching fish, or hanging out on a nude beach with his wife Cary.
He enjoyed multiple hunting adventures and NHL games with friends. Jack spent countless hours watching Griffin and Mallory’s soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and volleyball games.
Jack always knew how to solve any problem. Whether navigating on sea or land, moving a piano, or painting a high peak on a house he didn’t own, he would figure it out. He was a man of many talents, a brewmaster, sugarmaker, captain of his own charter boat, an accomplished skeet shooter, and a generous community member with a loud voice and a big heart.
Jack became a horse racing enthusiast of late. He would win many bets but not fully account or admit to his total losses. He was bigger than life itself. He was happiest in a truck or with his beloved family and his two new, sweet grandsons. Jack would often quietly express how proud he was of his son and daughter who carry many of his endearing characteristics.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, of 34 years, Cary Corse of Cambridge, his children, son Griffin Corse and wife Dr. Rachel Brodlie of Cambridge, daughter Mallory and fiancé Seth Russin of Jeffersonville, two grandchildren Benjamin Corse and Warren Russin; his loyal canine companions Murphy & Harper; a loving extended family and a warm circle of friends.
Jack was also predeceased by his brother Jerry Corse.
Drive-thru visiting hours will be held at the family home, 1332 Bryce Road, Cambridge from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Masks and social distancing requirements will be followed.
Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to Jenna’s Promise-1159 Foote Brook Rd., Johnson, VT 05656 or Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Ave., Morristown, VT 05661.
You are also invited to share your memories and condolences by visiting awrfh.com.