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(J.R.H. 265)

Offered by: Representatives Mazur of South Burlington, Flaherty of South Burlington, Freed of Dorset, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Pugh of South Burlington, Schiavone of Shelburne and Wheeler of Burlington.

Whereas, Harold Bensen was a proud Vermonter by choice, and

Whereas, after honorable service in the United States Army during World War II, Harold Bensen attended Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute and Siena College, and working around New England, in 1957, he permanently settled in Vermont, and

Whereas, he embarked on a career that led to his assuming a leading role in the real estate industry both in Vermont and nationally, and

Whereas, as a leading realtor, Harold Bensen was elected to the presidency of the Vermont Board of Realtors, was a member of the board of the National Association of Realtors for 18 years and was elected Vice President of that association, and

Whereas, he was the first Vermonter to become a Certified Commercial Investment Member of the Realtors National Marketing Institute, and

Whereas, Harold Bensen, when not acting in his vocational role, was active in the civic and political affairs of his hometown, South Burlington, and

Whereas, in this avocational capacity, he served as a justice of the peace in South Burlington and chaired the South Burlington School Board, and

Whereas, Harold Bensen was an active member and chair of the South Burlington Republican Party, and

Whereas, his community activities included two terms on the board of the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and

Whereas, Harold Bensen was a charter member and past president of the South Burlington Kiwanis Club, and

Whereas, he was married to Eleanor Bensen and they were the parents of two sons, the Rev. Dr. Craig Bensen and Clark Bensen, and one daughter Charlene Sundheim, and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren, and

Whereas, Harold Bensen will be fondly remembered by his many friends and colleagues in South Burlington, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere sympathies to the family of the late Harold B. Bensen, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Eleanor Bensen in South Burlington.