Download this document in MS Word 97 format

NO. R-153. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring Livy Hitchcock of Essex.

(J.R.S. 61)

Offered by: Senator Campbell of Windsor County.

Whereas, the 13 young students who perished in the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado left families whose lives were permanently altered in ways that they never anticipated, and

Whereas, the devastating personal loss that each of these teenagers’ parents has endured deeply affected Livy Hitchcock, an Essex-based portrait painter who often paints pictures of deceased family members, and

Whereas, she was so moved by the Columbine families’ plight that she volunteered to paint a portrait of each youngster, based on photographs, and

Whereas, while these paintings are certainly cherished memorials for the surviving family members, more importantly, they are a therapeutic force that enables the families to cope with the tragic loss of their offspring, and

Whereas, a portrait can often capture a persona in a manner that is not apparent in a photograph, and

Whereas, these paintings portray the youngsters as looking forward to their futures, which is at least a small comfort to their parents, and

Whereas, Livy Hitchcock has offered to console the parents of the Columbine victims in a very special and lasting manner, and

Whereas, through her work, she has enabled these young persons to make one final emotionally comforting gift to their still grieving parents, and

Whereas, Essex artist Carol Boucher completed these special memorials to the victims of the Columbine tragedy with the donation of frames from her art supply store, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the efforts of Livy Hitchcock who, through her special artistry, is easing the emotional pain and trauma that the Columbine victims’ parents will always endure, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Livy Hitchcock and Carol Boucher in Essex.