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(J.R.H. 82)

Offered by: Entire membership of the House.

Whereas, Merrill E. Perley was a native and life-long resident of Enosburg, and

Whereas, upon graduation from the University of Vermont, he embarked on a dual

career in both engineering and agriculture in which he engaged in dairy and maple sugaring operations, and

Whereas, he was a leader in Vermont's agricultural community, having served as

President of the Franklin County Farm Bureau and as a member of the Vermont Sugarmakers' Association and the Vermont Dairy Industry Council, and

Whereas, Merrill E. Perley proudly wore the uniform of the Vermont National Guard, and

Whereas, throughout his life, he was civically dedicated to the citizens of Enosburg by serving in a variety of municipal offices, including the selectboard, school board, justice of the peace, and for nearly half a century as a town warden, and

Whereas, so impressed were his constituents with Merrill E. Perley's municipal service that beginning in 1956 they elected him to the General Assembly for a total of 11 terms, and

Whereas, as a member of the General Assembly, he spent his legislative career on important committees, including Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Agriculture which he twice chaired, and

Whereas, Merrill Perley's fellow legislators recognized his strong leadership skills and elected him to the University of Vermont's Board of Trustees, and

Whereas, aside from his demanding agenda of civic responsibilities, he was a member of numerous fraternal organizations, including the American Legion, the Odd Fellows, and the Lions Club which in 1993 honored him as a Melvin Jones Fellow, and

Whereas, Merrill E. Perley was the devoted husband of Fern Perley for 58 years as well as a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Merrill E. Perley, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Fern Perley.