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(J.R.H. 174)

Offered by: Representatives Mullin of Rutland Town, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Carmolli of Rutland City, DePoy of Rutland City, Deuel of West Rutland, Flory of Pittsford, Hooker of Rutland City, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Mazzariello of Rutland City and Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Howard Shortsleeve, Jr. was a dedicated public servant, community activist and business leader, and

Whereas, he first became known in Rutland as a star football and basketball player at Mount St. Joseph Academy, and

Whereas, after earning an undergraduate degree at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, Howard Shortsleeve, Jr. returned to his high school alma mater as a teacher and served his nation in the United States Army, and

Whereas, he was a successful entrepreneur who operated his own real estate agency for a quarter of a century, and

Whereas, his interest in quality education remained as he sat on the Rutland City School Board, from 1973 to 1977, including two years as its president, and

Whereas, in 1981, Howard Shortsleeve, Jr. returned to the public sector as a member of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen where his obvious leadership skills led to his four-year tenure as president of the board, and

Whereas, his counsel was welcomed by the mayor, and he ably served as acting mayor during a mayoral illness, and

Whereas, Howard Shortsleeve, Jr. was known as a public official who was attentive to his constituent's concerns and difficulties, and

Whereas, he was a passionate advocate for the revitalization of downtown Rutland, and

Whereas, Howard Shortsleeve, Jr. was a member of Christ the King Church and active in many fraternal organizations, and

Whereas, he was truly a leading citizen of Rutland whose premature death leaves a significant void in his community, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sadness at the passing of former Rutland City Board of Aldermen President Howard Shortsleeve, Jr. and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his wife, Sally and to the Rutland City Board of Aldermen.