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(J.R.H. 8)

Offered by: Representatives Sherman of St. Johnsbury and Clark of

St. Johnsbury.

Whereas, George Crosby was a native and lifelong resident of St. Johnsbury, and

Whereas, he was a graduate of the St. Johnsbury Academy, an institution with which he remained associated as a member of its alumni society and as a lecturer in its elderhostel program, and which, in 1989, bestowed on him the St. Johnsbury Academy Civic Award, and

Whereas, George Crosby proudly served his nation in the United States Navy during the Second World War, and

Whereas, he sought to represent his fellow citizens in the General Assembly and was initially elected to the House of Representatives in 1980, and

Whereas, George Crosby conscientiously and diligently performed his legislative duties as a state representative and his pleased constituents reelected him for six additional consecutive terms until his voluntary legislative retirement in 1994, and

Whereas, his colleagues in the General Assembly, regardless of their political party affiliation, liked and respected him, and

Whereas, beyond the discussions in committee and debates on the chamber floor, George Crosby maintained an abiding interest in preserving the historic integrity of Vermont's legislative home and pursued this interest both as chair of the State House Advisory Board, and as a Friends of the Vermont State House trustee, and

Whereas, George Crosby's passion for studying and promoting Vermont's culture and history led him to serve on the boards of the Vermont Historical Society, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on which he also served a term as president and the North Church Tower Committee, and to establish, and serve as the first president of the St. Johnsbury Historical Society, and

Whereas, he was the recipient of the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce 1984 Citizen of the Year Award and the 1986 Lyndon State College Legislative Award, and

Whereas, he was devoted to his wife Gertrude to whom he was married for 54 years, and to his children, Peter, William and Susan, and his six grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the members of the General Assembly are saddened to learn of the passing of their esteemed colleague and friend, former Representative George Crosby, and extend their sincere condolences to all the members of the Crosby family, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gertrude Crosby in St. Johnsbury.