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NO. R-31. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former Lt. Governor John J. Daley.

(J.R.S. 14)

Offered by: Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County and Senator Maynard of Rutland County.

Whereas, John J. Daley, a native of Rutland City, was one of the most respected public office holders in mid-20th century Vermont, and

Whereas, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and Norwich University, and in between graduations served as a United States Marine during World War II in the American invasion of Okinawa and later in China, and

Whereas, John J. Daley began his political career, in 1956, as a member of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen, on which he served for two years as the board’s president, and

Whereas, his popularity propelled him into the Rutland City mayoralty in 1961, a position he held until 1965, and would return to again for an extended tenure, starting in 1969 and continuing until 1981, and

Whereas, in the interim period, away from his true political domain, Rutland City Hall, John J. Daley ably presided over the Vermont Senate during the years immediately following the court-ordered reapportionment, as the state’s much admired Lt. Governor, and

Whereas, after retiring from a successful professional career that included many years as a social studies teacher at Rutland Junior High School and work as an athletic referee, he returned to the State House for two terms, as a member of the House of Representatives for Rutland City, and

Whereas, John J. Daley was active in many fraternal organizations, including the Elks, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and

Whereas, he remained closely associated with Norwich University, serving on the university’s alumni board from 1992 through 1996 when his alma mater honored him with its distinguished alumni award, and

Whereas, John J. Daley was married for 53 years to Mary C. Daley and they were the parents of nine daughters, Patricia, Linda, Judy, Suzanne, Mary Jane, Maureen, Lisa, and Sharon, and the late Nancy, two sons, Michael and James, and the proud grandparents of 21 grandchildren, and one predeceased grandchild, and

Whereas, he rendered extraordinary public service to the state of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Lt. Governor John J. Daley on his passing, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary C. Daley in Rutland City.