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(J.R.H. 262)

Offered by: Representatives Helm of Castleton and Holmes of Bethel.

Whereas, Edward F. Kehoe’s outstanding 17-year tenure, as Vermont’s most historically significant Commissioner of Fish and Game, was a period of innovative and inspiring leadership in the field of wildlife resource management, and

Whereas, Edward F. Kehoe’s life reflected a deep love for his native Vermont, and a determination to preserve the state’s natural heritage, while attentive to the needs and concerns of the state’s hunting and fishing communities, and

Whereas, Edward F. Kehoe was a Rutland native and, subsequent to graduation from Rutland High School, entered the United States Army, and

Whereas, Edward F. Kehoe was wounded during his World War II military service at the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded many military honors, including two Bronze Battle Stars, an American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart, and

Whereas, on returning home to Vermont, Edward F. Kehoe enthusiastically pursued his love of the outdoors as an avid hunter and angler, and

Whereas, when not casting his bait along a stream, or hunting in the woods, Edward F. Kehoe served as Castleton Town Manager from 1955 through 1965 and also served a term in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, while not a professional biologist, Edward F. Kehoe’s extensive experience as a sportsman, and his leadership skills, ideally suited him for the position of Commissioner of Fish and Game to which Governor Phil Hoff appointed him on August 16, 1965, and

Whereas, Edward F. Kehoe successfully met the challenges related to the crucial deer herd management issue, and

Whereas, his years at the department featured numerous milestones, including the establishment of two Green Mountain Conservation Camps to imbue young Vermonters with the requisite knowledge to safely and competently hunt and fish, and the expansion of the state’s wildlife management areas, and

Whereas, in 1999, the Rutland Herald named Edward F. Kehoe “Outdoorsman of the Century,” and the Edward F. Kehoe Conservation Camp has been named in his honor, and

Whereas, he was the husband of Pauline Kehoe, the father of five daughters, the grandfather of ten grandchildren and the great-grandfather of one great-grandchild, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of former Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Game Edward F. Kehoe, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pauline G. Kehoe of South Burlington, to Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife, Ron Regan, and to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Jamie Rappaport Clark in Washington, D.C.