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NO. R-18. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former Representative William Blanchard.

(J.R.H. 12)

Offered by: Representatives Donovan of Burlington and Keogh of Burlington.

Whereas, William Blanchard, a native of Burlington, was a devoted public servant and a leader in a variety of civic, fraternal and religious activities, and

Whereas, as a student at Cathedral High School, and later at St. Michaelís College, he was a star baseball player, and

Whereas, after completing his education, which was interrupted by his honorable United States Army service during World War II, William Blanchard entered private industry, and

Whereas, committed to serving his community through the public sector, William Blanchard successfully stood for election to the Burlington Board of Aldermen, and ultimately served as its president, and

Whereas, he concluded his electoral career as a member of the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, William Blanchardís commitment to youth programs was reflected by his membership on the boards of the King Street Youth Center and the Burlington Boys and Girls Club, and

Whereas, he belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Elks Club, and

Whereas, at Christ the King Church, he assisted his parish as a church usher, and

Whereas, above all, William Blanchardís life was primarily devoted to his large family, including his wife Claire to whom he was married for 52 years, his six daughters Mary, Michele, Anne, Martha, Denise and Patricia, his three sons William, Robert and Michael, his grandchildren and his great-grandson, and

Whereas, William Blanchard, who through his many good deeds, contributed much to enhancing life in the city of Burlington, and

Whereas, his passing has saddened his family and many friends, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends condolences to the family of former Representative William Blanchard, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his widow Claire Blanchard in Burlington.