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NO. R-132. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of former state representative and Sergeant at Arms Reide B. Payne.

(J.R.H. 96)

Offered by: Representatives Mullin of Rutland Town, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Brooks of Montpelier, Crawford of Burke, Crowley of West Rutland, DePoy of Rutland City, Duffy of Rutland City, Emmons of Springfield, Flory of Pittsford, Haas of Rutland City, Helm of Castleton, Hooker of Rutland City, Hudson of Lyndon, Jordan of Middlesex, Larocque of Barnet, Mann of Leicester, Maslack of Poultney, Mazur of South Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre, Morrissey of Bennington, Nitka of Ludlow, O’Donnell of Vernon, Palmer of Pownal, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Pike of Mendon, Pugh of South Burlington, Rogers of Castleton, Rusten of Halifax, Starr of Troy, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Weeks of Wallingford, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon and Wright of Burlington.

Whereas, the General Assembly is biennially convened in joint assembly to elect a Sergeant at Arms to serve as superintendent of the State House, with special responsibility for coordinating the numerous legislative and community activities that occur in the building throughout the year, and

Whereas, Reide Payne, a native of Burlington, and a Rutland City resident for many decades, had the honor of occupying this important office of legislative trust for 21 years, the third-longest tenure in the state’s history, and

Whereas, while serving as a member of the House of Representatives from Rutland City, Reide Payne was appointed by Governor Philip Hoff to the post of Sergeant at Arms when a vacancy occurred, and

Whereas, his former colleagues in the General Assembly were very pleased with his conduct in office and elected him to a full term in 1969, subsequently reelecting him for nine consecutive terms until he retired from the position at the conclusion of the 1987-1988 biennium, and

Whereas, Reide Payne’s youth in Burlington was focused on his education, and he attended the Cathedral Grammar and High School, and

Whereas, after serving as a member of the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific during World War II, he and his new bride, Patricia Gill, moved to Rutland City, and

Whereas, outside the General Assembly, Reide Payne’s life was filled with many political and fraternal activities in Rutland City, and

Whereas, he served the citizens of Rutland City as tax collector and constable, and

Whereas, Reide Payne’s organizational memberships included the Rutland Elks 345, American Legion Post 31, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 648, the Italian Aid Society, a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and the Vermont Retired State Employees’ Association, and

Whereas, his death marks the passing of a man who was the lifeline of the State House for over two decades, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is saddened to learn of the death of former Sergeant at Arms Reide Payne, and extends its sincere condolences to his family, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Timothy Payne of Rutland and Dennis Payne of Pittsford.