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NO. R-16.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Leslie Quelch of Leicester.


Offered by:  Representative Jewett of Ripton.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District and Senator Giard of Addison District.

Whereas, Leslie Quelch’s entire life was devoted to his family and the town of Leicester, and

Whereas, a carpenter and truck driver by trade, his passion for politics and the Democratic Party lasted a lifetime, and

Whereas, at the young age of 21, Leslie Quelch established the local Democratic Party in his hometown, and

Whereas, while only a member of the House of Representatives for one year, his brief tenure has historic significance as he was the youngest member to serve in the last session of the 246-seat “big House” in 1965, prior to the first election of the smaller reapportioned chamber in November of that year, and

Whereas, although Leslie Quelch’s days in Montpelier were few, his municipal-level public service on behalf of the citizens of Leicester lasted for decades, and

Whereas, during his long career in municipal government, he served as town agent and grand juror (1969-1971), on Leicester’s school board (1969‑1981), board of civil authority, zoning board, and, most recently, the town’s selectboard, and

Whereas, Leslie Quelch had also served as a member of the Otter Valley Union High School Board from 1972-1981, and

Whereas, he maintained the peace in his community while he was Leicester’s constable, and he had watched over its departed residents’ final resting places when he served as the sexton of the Brookside Cemetery, and

Whereas, he took great pride in administering the freeman’s (voter’s) oath to newly registered voters, and

Whereas, Leslie Quelch was an active advocate for the causes he supported and was known to campaign outside the polling station for their adoption on Town Meeting Day, and

Whereas, above all else, he cherished his family, including his wife Elita to whom he was married for 48 years, his daughters Joann and Laurie, his son John, his grandchildren Joshua, Jenna, Caleb, Matthew, Jacob, and Amy, and

Whereas, the death of Leslie Quelch leaves a true void in the town of Leicester with which he was so closely identified, and

Whereas, his family members and his community will miss his presence in their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of the late Leslie Quelch, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elita Quelch in Leicester.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont