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(J.R.H. 249)

Offered by: Representatives Miller of Shaftsbury, Colvin of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington and Pembroke of Bennington.

Whereas, the intensive commitment volunteer firefighters make to their communities epitomizes the very finest tradition of municipal public service in Vermont, and

Whereas, Fred H. Stacy, a native and lifelong resident of Shaftsbury, was a chartered member of the town’s volunteer fire department, having joined at the age of 17, and

Whereas, his loyalty and commitment to the department lasted a lifetime as he remained on the membership roll, ready and available to protect his town’s residents from a fire’s destructive forces, for an unprecedented 69 years, and

Whereas, he was a life member of the Vermont State Firefighters Association, and

Whereas, in 1996, the town of Shaftsbury, in recognition of Fred H. Stacy’s then three score and five years of extraordinary service on behalf of the town, named him the “honorary chief of the Shaftsbury Fire Department,” an honor most deservedly merited, and

Whereas, beyond his myriad duties with the Shaftsbury Fire Department, he was a veteran Shaftsbury Cemetery Commissioner, an office he continued to occupy until the end of his life, and managed with pride and love, preserving and protecting the dignity of the individuals and families resting in Shaftsbury’s cemeteries, and

Whereas, Fred H. Stacy was an active member at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and

Whereas, he was employed for 46 years at the H. T. Cushman Company, and

Whereas, Fred H. Stacy was married to Frances Mattison Stacy and they became the parents of Carl and Terry and have four grandchildren, and

Whereas, Fred H. Stacy’s gentle manner and zest for life and devotion to his town made him one of Shaftsbury’s very special citizens and his death will leave a deeply felt void among his family, friends and the community, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere sympathy to Fred H. Stacy’s wife Frances Mattison Stacy, his family and the Shaftsbury Fire Department, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his wife, Frances Mattison Stacy in Shaftsbury and to the Shaftsbury Fire Department.