NO. R-107. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF SENATOR JACK BARRY OF CHITTENDEN DISTRICT.
( J.R.S. 48)
Offered by: Members of the Senate.
Whereas, Jack Barry resided nearly his entire life in Vermont, having attended public school in Waterbury and St. Michaels College, and
Whereas, after honorably serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he embarked on an extraordinary career as a highly articulate, informative and respected broadcast interviewer, host and commentator, and
Whereas, Jack Barry provided an engaging forum for radio listeners throughout the Burlington area to discuss their views concerning the important issues of the day, and
Whereas, he utilized the airwaves of Vermont Educational Television to enlighten Vermonters concerning the legislative issues that were being debated in their capital city, and
Whereas, he sought, through the electronic medium, to raise the civic awareness of his listeners and viewers regardless of their own political or partisan perspectives, and
Whereas, Jack was not merely a much respected broadcaster but also a direct participant in the political process, having served as Senator Patrick Leahys first press secretary, and
Whereas, after concluding his distinguished journalistic career, Jack Barry served the citizens of Chittenden County in a more politically-representative manner as one of their state senators in Montpelier, and
Whereas, throughout his tenure in Montpelier, and despite recurring health problems, Senator Barry never lost his enthusiasm for representing his constituents through the legislative process or his devotion to the causes of social justice to which he was so deeply committed, and
Whereas, despite his many accomplishments in Vermont, Jack Barry always put his love and devotion to his extended family as his first priority, and
Whereas, the members of the Vermont General Assembly were deeply saddened to learn that their much respected colleague, and cherished friend, had lost his valiant andcourageous battle to continue a life that had a profound and lasting impact on the citizens of Vermont, and
Whereas, Senator Barrys presence will be truly missed on the Senate floor and throughout the State House, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the members of the General Assembly express their most fond farewell to Senator Jack Barry and extend their deepest personal sympathy to his beloved wife, Beverly, and his children and grandchildren, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation at the memorial service that is to be held in memory of Senator Jack Barry on Wednesday, May 7, 1997.