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(J.R.H. 121)

Offered by: Representatives Koch of Barre Town and Gray of Barre Town.

Whereas, after William Osborne spent his boyhood in New Hampshire and graduated from the Woodsville, New Hampshire High School, he moved to Massachusetts where he resided with his family for many years, and

Whereas, he was attracted to Vermont by the job opportunities in the granite industry, and

Whereas, while employed in the granite industry, William Osborne served as secretary of his union local and was instrumental in the establishment of the Rock of Ages pension plan, and

Whereas, during his residency in Websterville, he became interested in civic and political affairs and was elected or appointed to several municipal offices, including the Barre Town Selectboard, Justice of the Peace and the Barre Town Zoning Board, and

Whereas, seeking to serve the citizens of Barre Town on the state level, William Osborne successfully ran for the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972 and 1974, and

Whereas, as a state representative, he honorably served his Barre Town constituency both in the well of the House, and as a member of the Committee on Health and Welfare, and

Whereas, in addition to his elected and appointed positions in municipal government and the state legislature, William Osborne was a member of the Vermont Council on the Humanities, served as chair of the Barre Town Democratic Committee, and had a special interest in the programs of the state's Home Health and Hospice organizations, and

Whereas, he was awarded Barre Town's Wendell Pelkey Award and the United States Steelworkers Gold Service Medal for his laudable commitment to community service, and

Whereas, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of former Representative William E. Osborne, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mrs. William Osborne of Websterville.