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(J.R.H. 30)

Offered by: Representatives Flory of Pittsford, Brooks of Montpelier, Carmolli of Rutland City, Costello of Brattleboro, Hudson of Lyndon, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Mallary of Brookfield, Mazzariello of Rutland City, Moore of Rutland City, Mullin of Rutland Town, Westman of Cambridge and Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Lyle Rice was born in the town of Holland and spent his formative years in the Northeast Kingdom where he graduated from Orleans High School, and

Whereas, he later moved south to Rutland County where he was employed at Railway Express and later, for 34 years, by the United States Postal Service, from which he retired as a postal supervisor, and

Whereas, after concluding over three decades as a federal public servant, Lyle Rice turned his attention to electoral politics, when in 1965, he won a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, as one of the new members from Rutland City, and

Whereas, his constituents were so pleased with the manner in which he performed his representational duties that his tenure in the House ultimately totaled 19 years, and

Whereas, over the course of his legislative career, Lyle Rice served on several committees, including Natural Resources, Municipal Corporations, and Government Operations of which he was also a Vice Chair, and

Whereas, his familiarity with the legislative process and the esteem he had earned from his colleagues resulted in his selection, in 1983, as a member of the House Rules Committee, and

Whereas, aside from his professional and legislative activities, he was a long-time member of the Masons and an amateur railroad historian, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the members of the General Assembly were saddened to learn of the passing of their long-time colleague, former Representative Lyle Rice, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow, Lillian Rice in Pittsford and to his sister, Olive Gardner in Newport.