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Offered by: Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Colvin of Bennington, Hoag of Woodford, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Palmer of Pownal and Pembroke of Bennington.

Whereas, James Ross Jr. was a native of Bellows Falls and resided in Bennington for over three decades, and

Whereas, he was a leader in local fraternal and religious organizations, and

Whereas, James Ross Jr. was very active in the Bennington Rotary Club in which he held many leadership positions including president, district governor, editor of the club’s monthly magazine, "The Windmill", and as a consummate volunteer on the club’s annual Antique Car Show and the Pancake Breakfast, and

Whereas, his other community activities included the local United Way, the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Elks, and the B.R.O.C., and

Whereas, aside from all of his civic commitments, James Ross Jr. was deeply committed to his church, the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, for which he served as president on the parish council, various committees and, most recently, as a church acolyte, and

Whereas, he was a familiar presence in Bennington and was known for his willingness to volunteer countless hours on projects that improved life for the citizens of Bennington, and

Whereas, he was married to Helen Ross, and they were the parents of three children, Franklin, Kathleen and Dorothy, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere sympathies to the family of James Ross Jr. on his passing, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Helen Ross in Bennington.