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NO. R-247. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVE HOMER DELMAR PERKINS.

(J.R.H. 193)

Offered by: Representative Holmes of Bethel.

Whereas, Homer Delmar Perkins was born in Gaysville on Lincoln's Birthday in 1907, and resided in his native town for his entire life which numbered 92 productive years, and

Whereas, after completing his course of study at the local grade school, he matriculated to Whitcomb High School in Bethel, from which he earned his high school diploma in 1924, and

Whereas, Homer D. Perkins then began his career as a farmer and lumber worker, conscientiously tilling the soil and felling trees as he earned his livelihood in the state's agricultural sector, and

Whereas, vocational duties were only a part of Homer Perkins' life, and

Whereas, beginning in 1938, Homer Perkins served for over half a century, with great distinction, as an elected municipal official, and

Whereas, among his many positions in Stockbridge town government were grand juror, a duty that he responsibly exercised for 47 years, and

Whereas, Homer D. Perkins also served in various other local government capacities, including selectman for nine years, trustee of public funds for 12 years, first constable and collector of delinquent taxes for five years and road commissioner for three years, and

Whereas, in 1946, he was elected to sit in the House of Representatives, but after one term, Homer D. Perkins decided that his public service forte was local government, and

Whereas, Homer D. Perkins believed in promoting the pleasure of reading, and was a veteran trustee of the Belcher Memorial Library in Stockbridge, and

Whereas, in 1998, the Stockbridge Annual School Report was dedicated in his honor, and

Whereas, the Stockbridge 2000 Annual Town Report will be dedicated in his memory, and

Whereas, Homer Delmar Perkins was nominated to receive a Secretary of State's Vermont Public Service Award that will be posthumously awarded this summer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family and many friends of Homer Delmar Perkins, a true citizen of Stockbridge, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Madeline Benson and to the Belcher Memorial Library in Stockbridge.