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NO. R-189. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE ROBERT A. BLOOMER.

(J.R.S. 69)

Offered by: Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Backus of Chittenden County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Brownell of Chittenden County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shumlin of Windham County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, Robert A. Bloomer was a dedicated public servant who worked on behalf of Vermonters in both elected and appointed positions, and

Whereas, during World War II, he served his country as a pilot in the 8th Air Force of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and

Whereas, after his graduation from both the University of Vermont and Boston University Law School, he commenced a half-century-long legal career in his family's law firm, Bloomer and Bloomer, and

Whereas, he followed his father's path to the General Assembly, having been first elected in 1963 to a term in the Senate, returning in 1966, and then resuming his legislative tenure in 1973 and remaining in the chamber until 1984, and

Whereas, during his latter tenure in the Senate, Robert A. Bloomer was named in 1975, to chair both the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committees, and, concurrently, his colleagues repeatedly elected him Senate President Pro Tempore, and

Whereas, he was highly respected by members of both political parties, and

Whereas, more recently, Robert A. Bloomer had returned to the public arena serving for the past nine years as chair of the District 1 Environmental Board, and

Whereas, aside from his legal and public service responsibilities, he was an enthusiastic sportsman as a motorcyclist, golfer, hiker and member of many local athletic teams, and

Whereas, Robert A. Bloomer was a member of many fraternal organizations, including the Elks, the American Legion and the Masons, and

Whereas, most importantly, Robert A. Bloomer was deeply devoted to his family, including his wife of 54 years, Mary Beth, his four sons, Robert Jr., Richard, William and Thomas, as well as being the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren, and

Whereas, the death of Robert A. Bloomer leaves Vermont bereft of an outstanding leader, and his many friends deprived of his wonderful camaraderie, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly respectfully remembers the former distinguished Senate President Pro Tempore Robert A. Bloomer, and extends its sincere condolences to his family, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow, Mary Beth Bloomer.