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( J.R.H. 41)

Offered by: Representatives Snyder of Pittsford, Klopchin of Clarendon and Waite of Pawlet.

Whereas, John Mitchell Spencer, who was know to friends and family alike as "Mitch" was a Rutland native, and

Whereas, he was a U.S. Army veteran, and

Whereas, while he was vocationally the proprietor of Amelia’s Canteen Restaurant at the Rutland State Airport, he was avocationally a man of diverse talents and interests, and

Whereas, among his many activities were artistry, aviation, farming, old home restoration, photography and teaching, and

Whereas, Mitch was a teacher of gifted children at the Hayes Foundation, and

Whereas, at the time of his sudden death, Mitch was lovingly restoring a World War II PT 17 biplane that had been used to train the Tuskegee Airmen and that was scheduled for display at an upcoming exhibit on African-American airmen that will be held in 1998 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, and

Whereas, innumerable persons both in Vermont and elsewhere treasured his friendship and warmly remember his many personal kindnesses, and

Whereas, Mitch inspired countless others with his enthusiasm, quirkiness and most of all the generosity of his spirit, and

Whereas, he was most certainly a true Vermont hero, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly notes with sadness the passing of John Mitchell Spencer, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his sister, Dee Dee Erb in Cuttingsville, Vermont.