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Micah Errol Porter

Published: 7/9/2020 3:01:07 AM
Modified: 7/9/2020 3:00:59 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT — Micah E. Porter, 25, ended his battle with depression at his home on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Micah was born May 22, 1995 in Berlin, VT a son of Carroll and Kathleen (O’Donnell) Porter. He graduated from Thetford Academy Class of 2013. Micah went on to attend Lyndon State College for a time. He worked for many of the restaurants around White River Junction and the Lebanon, NH area, and also at the Listen Thrift Shop. He was last employed at the Tuckerbox Cafe where he was a barista. During his high school years he was a member of the Cross Country Team and the Track and Field Team and was a member of the band. He was the drummer for The Silhouette, a local metal band, and was compared to Animal from the Muppets by his sister, full of energy and drive. From Cate Beaton, Micah’s mentor: Micah Porter had a passion for helping others. He knew and deeply understood that we are all connected; and that through relationship we have the capacity to heal not only ourselves but also others. This deep understanding is what drove Micah to create spaces for those who are easily lost, allowing them to be seen, heard, and understood. This began in high school by developing the Thetford Academy Youth Association and revitalizing the Academy’s Gay-Straight Alliance. He was tireless in his support of young people who struggled, particularly with mental health issues and would regularly stand up in assembly, in front of the entire school community, to inform people about resources and programs, ensuring kids who faced the challenges of mental illness knew they were not alone. He went onto become a peer mentor at Clara Martin Center and was an essential part of the Youth in Transition program. He co-facilitated several support groups for young adults and delivered trainings on various topics to a wide range of audiences that included professionals, parents and fellow young adults. This work earned him the Young Adult Leadership Award from the Youth in Transition state team in 2012 for “demonstrating excellence and inspiring others to perform their best.” He was a true advocate: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34-35). From Joie Finley of the Main Street Museum: Micah was not just a resident of White River Junction, he was part of what made our village strange and exceptional at the same time. He was a shining light wherever you saw him - And everyone saw him often. When he handed you your coffee at Tuckerbox in the morning, he smiled like you were a long lost friend. When he passed you on his skateboard he would wave if he knew you or not. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Main Street Museum who could be called upon in a moment’s notice to help with any chore. In the winter he would hit the streets and shovel people out, not for money, but because he liked to do it. He was an avid and ferocious drummer who exploded with talent and energy when he played. He relished his Thursday Volleyball games. His spirit was a binding force in a town that often struggles to keep itself upright. Micah is survived by his parents Carroll and Kathleen Porter of Corinth; a brother Asa Porter and his wife Skyla of Corinth; sisters, Sarah Porter of Corinth, Lydia Brooke and Husband Jacob of Chelsea; Ericka Fadden of Pinellas Park, FL, and Rebecca Rogers and her husband Kevin of South Royalton, VT; grandparents Marion Porter of Corinth, Lawrence O’Donnell of Corinth and Lorraine Pearson of Paisley, FL, as well as his nieces, Kayla and Brooke, his nephews, William, Aiden, Garrett and Benjamin. Also, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He leaves behind his beloved cat, Jodi. He was predeceased by grandparents Samuel Porter and Miriam O’Donnell. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020 from 5-7PM at Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction. Due to COVID-19 and limited capacity you may be asked to wait outside to allow for proper social distancing inside. To accommodate everyone wishing to visit, additional calling hours are being hosted at the Briggs Opera House immediately following. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Tuckerbox Cafe in downtown White River Jct., starting at 5pm. At 7pm, there will be a community walk around downtown White River, followed by a Micah-Style Hootenanny at the Main Street Museum. You are encouraged to wear a mask, and bring bandanas, instruments, noise makers, art, flowers, and/or a snack to share. Condolences may be expressed to Micah’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Headrest, Inc, 14 Church Street, Lebanon, NH 03766




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