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NO. R-12. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS SPATER OF CHESTER.

(J.R.H. 7)

Offered by: Representatives Suchmann of Chester and Bristol of Brattleboro.

Whereas, Thomas Spater, a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Amherst College and the Columbia University Business School, forsook the hectic pace of New York and Chicago to settle for a more personally satisfying and enjoyable life style in southern Vermont, and

Whereas, during the next quarter century, he and his wife and business partner Victoria, operated a variety of small businesses, including a Peru-based ski lodge called Bromley House, and later, after relocating to Chester, a silk-screen printing company, a country variety store, a laundromat and most recently the Chester Travel Agency, and

Whereas, aside from his business activities, Thomas Spater was a thoughtful and energetic civic leader and political activist, and

Whereas, he honorably served in Chester as a school and selectboard member and was twice elected, in 1984 and 1986, by the voters of his district to represent them in the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, as a member of the House, Thomas Spater was a respected member of the Commerce Committee, where his well-reasoned comments were appreciated by both Republicans and Democrats, and

Whereas, recognizing his commitment to quality education, as well as his outstanding work on the Commerce Committee, his legislative colleagues elected him to the University of Vermont's Board of Trustees, and

Whereas, in more recent years, despite serious medical problems, Thomas Spater had enthusiastically served as chair of the Windsor County Republican Party and as a member of his local Act 250 Commission, and

Whereas, his civic and political activities epitomized a desire to assure the best possible quality of life for all Vermonters, and

Whereas, Thomas Spater's many friends were saddened to learn that, after a brave fight, he had succumbed to his life's final battle, and

Whereas, his wife Victoria, and sons Gordon and Christopher, will fondly remember him as a wonderful person who was much admired both in Chester and across Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its deepest sympathy to the family of former Representative Thomas Spater, and be it further

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