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NO. R-15.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative William A. “Bill” Fyfe of Newport City.


Offered by:  Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Branagan of Georgia, Brooks of Montpelier, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clarkson of Woodstock, Dowland of Holland, Endres of Milton, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Lawrence of Lyndonville, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Marcotte of Coventry, Martin of Springfield, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Morley of Barton, Otterman of Topsham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Perry of Richford, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Seibert of Norwich, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City and Winters of Williamstown.

Whereas, Bill Fyfe was born in Massachusetts, then resided in Maine, before settling in the Northeast Kingdom where he would live for 51 years, 13 in St. Johnsbury and 38 in Newport, and

Whereas, he was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and

Whereas, Bill Fyfe’s professional roles included serving as a hospital administrator in St. Johnsbury and as an administrator for a local mental health organization, and

Whereas, in Newport, he served as a city police department dispatcher and managed the county jail, and

Whereas, Bill Fyfe served in the House of Representatives for nine terms beginning in 1983, and

Whereas, he sat on the Committee on Institutions and played a major role in the establishment of the state correctional facility in Newport, and

Whereas, he chaired the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, and

Whereas, Representative Fyfe was known for his ability to work well with members of all political parties, and

Whereas, aside from his service on committees and during floor debates, he will be best remembered for his role as the oldest member of the House of Representatives, a position he held with great pride for several terms, and

Whereas, in this capacity, it was Representative Fyfe’s role to move the adjournment motion each day on the House floor, and

Whereas, while this was typically a routine process, on occasion, the member from Newport preceded his motion with a succinct and timely commentary related to the just concluded deliberations, and

Whereas, his wife Barbara was a familiar presence in the State House and known as a leader of the members’ wives unofficial auxiliary, and

Whereas, they have three children:  John of Newport, Andrea of St. Johnsbury, and William IV of Colchester; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of former Representative William Fyfe of Newport City, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Barbara Fyfe in Newport City, and to his children, John, Andrea and William IV.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont