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(J.R.H. 13)

Offered by: Representatives Carmolli of Rutland City, DePoy of Rutland City, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Mazzariello of Rutland City and Moore of Rutland City.

Whereas, Thomas "Tom" H. Candon was a native of Pittsford and called Rutland County home his entire life, and

Whereas, after graduation form Pittsford High School and Fordham University, he began his career in the federal government, working primarily for the Veterans' Administration, and

Whereas, Tom Candon's civilian life was interrupted by World War II, during which he honorably served as an officer in the United States Army, eventually reaching the rank of captain, and

Whereas, after his retirement from the federal civil service, he embarked on a new public service career as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, in which chamber he served with great distinction as a representative from Rutland City from 1966 until 1986, and

Whereas, a natural leader among his Democratic colleagues, Tom was selected to be the first House Democratic leader, a position he held from 1971 until 1980, and which included a term as the House Majority Leader in 1977-1978, and

Whereas, his sharp mind and keen analytical ability resulted in his serving as vice chair of both the Joint Fiscal and House Ways and Means Committees, and

Whereas, his legislative colleagues twice elected him to the University of Vermont Board of Trustees, and

Whereas, he was an active member of many fraternal organizations, including the American Legion, the Elks, and the Knights of Columbus, and

Whereas, he is survived by his sons, Thomas J. and John, a daughter, Marcia, and six grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere sympathy to the family of former Representative Thomas Henry Candon on the occasion of his passing, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Thomas J. Candon, John Candon, Marcia C. Flanagan and Miss Madeline Flynn.