Stephen John Pcolar

June 23, 1957 ~ March 26, 2018 (age 60)

Pcolar, Stephen John.

After a brief struggle with cancer, Stephen Pcolar peacefully passed away on March 26th, 2018, with his loving brother Michael by his side.  Steve spent his last six days in the comfort and compassionate care of the Vermont Nursing Association’s Respite House in Colchester. He was 60 years of age.

Steve was born on June 23, 1957 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, son of Steve Pcolar and Mary (Barbuschak) Pcolar. They moved to their new home on Richard Terrace in South Burlington in 1961, where Steve resided up to his passing. He attended Central School, South Burlington Middle School, and graduated from South Burlington High School in 1975. After an impressive career in youth and high school golf, he was offered scholarships at numerous Florida colleges, and accepted the offer to attend and play for Jacksonville University in Florida. In addition to his golf career at “J.U.”, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1981.  After graduation, he was employed at Hidden Hills Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida as an Assistant Pro.

Moving back to Vermont in the mid-80’s, he continued to play the game he grew up to love and excel in. As the son of Steve Pcolar Sr., Head Professional at Burlington Country Club from 1959 - 1969, Steve Jr. had the great fortune of growing up on the golf course. Spending most of his free time at the course, Steve learned the game at an early age, and continued to develop the swing he is known for. Some of Steve Jr.’s golf accomplishments included Vermont Amateur champion (1978), three time MacAndrews champion (BCC), two time winner Burlington Invitational and Burlington County Club champion in 1988. Additionally, he caddied for countless members at several clubs, including his father, Steve, who competed in numerous local, state and regional tournaments. The pair traveled several times to Canada for Steve Sr. to compete in the Canadian Open, with Steve Jr. as his caddy. 

Steve enjoyed a great upbringing in the Richard Terrace neighborhood, participating in local basketball, baseball, and football leagues.  He played on the SBHS basketball team as a forward; known for his outside shooting.  Once in middle school, his serious career in golf began to develop, as he earned a spot on the golf team.  Through his coaches, teammates, and competitors, he earned the respect of all who knew him for his sharp game and unique demeanor. 

Steve utilized his education to branch off into his interest of real estate and land development.  Steve worked on several projects throughout the last 30 plus years, including the rehab of a historic inn, building a house in Stowe, and several land development projects that transformed farmland into buildable home sites.  Steve enjoyed the process of working with those involved in each project; always pleased to show off their years of hard work.

Although all about “business”, he took time out for his family and friends. Always the “ultimate host”, he went out of his way to make sure his friends and family got the best out of their visits.  He was the most happy, when he made others happy. Steve was blessed with a great group of friends who cared for him deeply.

Steve is predeceased by his father, Steve Sr., who died in 1973, and his mother Mary, who died in 2016. Steve leaves behind a loving brother, Michael Pcolar (Cathy) of Ft. Myers, Florida, niece Chelsey, and nephews Trevor and Connor Pcolar.

He is also survived by two uncles; John (Doris) Barbuschak of Shelton, Ct, Michael Barbuschak (Lucy) of Burke Va., along with numerous loving Pcolar and Barbuschak cousins.

 In early summer, the family will host a Celebration of Life; details at a later date. Interment will be at Resurrection Park Catholic Cemetery, South Burlington, Vermont in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Respite House, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446.





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