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NO. R-77. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Claude R. Beckwith Sr.

(J.R.H. 55)

Offered by: Representative Morrissey of Bennington.

Whereas, Claude R. Beckwith Sr. lived an active life, centered in both Bennington County and neighboring Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and

Whereas, after spending his youth in the vicinity of his native North Adams, Massachusetts, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for four years, and

Whereas, subsequent to his honorable military discharge, Claude Beckwith entered the transportation business, initially as a freight line driver, and later as a salesman, and

Whereas, his interest in transportation matters extended beyond his own employment, and he served presidential terms at several regional transportation organizations, including the Berkshire County Transportation Association, the Capital District Transportation Association, and the Northeast Motor Corporation Association, and

Whereas, Claude R. Beckwith Sr.ís civic leadership in the town of Bennington was highlighted by his service as first constable, in which role he paid particular attention to public safety issues affecting the municipality, and

Whereas, he was a past president of both the Zefder and Berkshire County Shrine Clubs, and he also belonged to the Cairo and Melha Shriner Temples, and

Whereas, Claude Beckwith was a proud veteran, and belonged to local posts of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and

Whereas, most recently, he was an especially active parishioner of the Christian and Alliance Missionary Church, where he served on the congregationís governing board and was immersed in the churchís musical activities, and

Whereas, Claude R. Beckwith Sr. was married for over 40 years to his wife Judith and they had three sons, Claude, Scott and Daniel, a daughter Patricia, and six grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sympathy to the family of Claude R. Beckwith Sr., and be it further

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