NO. R-59.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Harry J. Pickering.

(H.C.R.31)

Offered by:  Representatives Molloy of Arlington, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Corcoran of Bennington, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Emmons of Springfield, Freed of Dorset, Heath of Westford, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Krawczyk (Albert) of Bennington, Krawczyk (Joseph) of Bennington, Marron of Stowe, Miller of Shaftsbury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Otterman of Topsham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pelham of Calais, Pugh of South Burlington, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Vincent of Waterbury, Wood of Brandon and Young of Orwell.

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County and Senator White of Windham County.

     Whereas, Harry Pickering was a native of Norwalk, Connecticut and after attendance in a one-room school, in New Canaan, eventually matriculated to St. Mary’s High School in his native town where he earned his high school diploma, and

     Whereas, during World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a sergeant major, and

     Whereas, he and his late wife April, whom he married at Camp Blanding, Florida in 1944 while he served in the armed forces, moved to Arlington in 1961, where the future Representative Pickering was self-employed as a carpenter and painter, and

     Whereas, Harry Pickering became a leader of his community, serving in many civic capacities, and

     Whereas, in the private sector, he volunteered on behalf of the Boy Scouts and later served as a trustee of Arlington Day Care and Arlington Community House, and

     Whereas, always willing to assist his neighbors in need, he served for five years as Arlington’s Fire Chief and was a life-time member of the Vermont Fire Fighters Association, and

     Whereas, he contributed to the future course of his town’s development as he sat on the Arlington Planning Commission, and

     Whereas, his foray into electoral politics began on the local level, where he served on the Arlington Board of Civil Authority, both as a justice of the peace and a selectboard member, and

     Whereas, his interest in the legislative process and desire to further serve the citizens of his community led him to stand for election to the House of Representatives to which his neighbors sent him for six terms, beginning in January 1983, and

     Whereas, throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Representative Pickering was a member in good stead of the House various committees, including the Committee on Natural Resources, and

     Whereas, after concluding his service in Montpelier, he devoted his attention to his five sons, Harry, Donald, Frederick, Patrick, and Dennis, his daughter Sandra, his grandchildren who now number 16, and his three great‑grandchildren whose presence in his life was very special, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of former Representative Harry Pickering of West Arlington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the family of former Representative Pickering.