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(J.R.H. 146)

Offered by: Representative Stevens of Newbury.

Whereas, a native of Corinth, Vermont, George Hodge was a lifelong resident of Orange County, and

Whereas, he was employed in the bobbin manufacturing industry for nearly half a century, and

Whereas, George Hodge was a prominent participant and leader in the governmental and political affairs of Topsham, having served as school board director, grand juror, justice of the peace, fence viewer, chair of the town's budget committee for 26 years, and as chair of the Topsham Town Democratic Party Committee, and

Whereas, he was a deeply pious person, having been ordained an elder at the Topsham Presbyterian Church in 1936 where he was an active member for over 70 years, and

Whereas, George Hodge was long associated with many local organizations including Gideon's International, the Topsham Credit Union and the Valley Health Center of which he was a founder and trustee, and

Whereas, among the leisure activities that he enthusiastically pursued were gardening, fishing and photography, and

Whereas, most importantly, George Hodge was devoted to his family, including his wife Gertrude to whom he was wed for 59 years, his sons William and Paul, his daughters Georgianna, Martha and Cynthia, his 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and

Whereas, with the passing of George Hodge, the town of Topsham has truly lost one of its leading luminaries and outstanding citizens, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere sympathy to the family of George Hodge, who in so many ways made Topsham a better community, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow Gertrude Hodge of Topsham.