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NO. R-8. JOINT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SYMPATHY ON THE DEATH OF SENATOR JOHN H. BLOOMER OF WEST RUTLAND.

(J.R.S. 7)

Offered by: All Members of the Vermont Senate.

Whereas, Senator John H. Bloomer of West Rutland passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 10, 1995, as a result of an automobile accident in Stockbridge in the early morning hours en route to the State House, and

Whereas, Senator Bloomer had just been sworn into his second term of office as President pro tempore on Tuesday, January 4 as he began serving his sixth term as a Rutland County State Senator, and

Whereas, Senator Bloomer was the third member of his family to have held the position of President pro tempore, it previously having been held by his father, Senator Asa S. Bloomer, in 1949, 1959, 1961 and 1963, and his brother, Senator Robert A. Bloomer, in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983, and

Whereas, Senator Bloomer, as much as anyone, embodied the traditions and values of Vermont government and Vermont politics, and

Whereas, Senator Bloomer helped carry on the traditions of his family heritage as well as our state heritage with the help and support of his constant companion and wife, Judith, with whom he had an enduring, close and loving relationship, and

Whereas, his unswerving devotion to duty extended beyond our borders to his beloved country during the years 1952-1954, when he served with honor and distinction as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and

Whereas, with his passing the State has lost a well-loved citizen who served the people of Vermont for many years with complete dedication to their best interest, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That we hereby express our profound sorrow on account of the death of Senator John H. Bloomer, and extend to his wife, Judy, his children, Martha, Asa, John and David, his brother Robert and the other members of his family, our sincere sympathy in their greatloss, and be it further

Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be displayed in a place of public view and prominence in the Bloomer State Office Building in Rutland City, which was so named pursuant to No. 233 of the Acts of the 1994 Adjourned Session of the General Assembly, and be it further

Resolved: That copies of this resolution be forwarded by the Secretary of State to his wife, Judith W. Bloomer, and to his three sons, Asa, John and David, and his daughter, Martha.