Real estate tycoon and philanthropist Antonio Pomerleau died at age 100 last Thursday at home in Burlington.

He’d been in poor health recently.

The jovial, sharp-eyed developer, known as Tony, built one of the largest personal fortunes in Vermont history, which he pegged at more than $100 million. He also gave away millions, including an annual Christmas party that provided a free meal and presents for low-income Vermonters. Pomerleau recently provided funding for that holiday gathering through 2030.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, his family said Pomerleau “considered it a measure of professional progress that in each of his working years, which included this year, he made more money than the previous year. To Pomerleau, even more satisfying than achieving business success was the opportunity to give back to the community. ‘I’ve been very fortunate making money, and so I pass it on,’ he would say.”

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