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NO. R-39.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Richard “Dick” Tracy of Springfield.


Offered by:  Representatives Emmons of Springfield, Martin of Springfield, Hube of Londonderry, Kiss of Burlington, Nease of Johnson, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Sunderland of Rutland Town and Symington of Jericho.

Offered by:  All Members of the Senate.

Whereas, after graduating from Springfield High School, Richard Tracy earned an associate’s degree at the University of Massachusetts and then completed both an aviation technology course and a bachelor’s degree at the Florida Institute of Technology, and

Whereas, Dick Tracy became a commercial pilot employed at Hendrick Motor Sports in North Carolina, and he flew the race car organization’s drivers and employees to NASCAR events around the country, and

Whereas, on Sunday, October 24, 2004, during a trip through inclement weather, the plane he was piloting crashed during a flight from Concord, North Carolina, to Martinsville, Virginia, and all ten persons on board perished, and

Whereas, Dick Tracy’s colleagues at Hendrick Sports deeply mourned the death of a much‑admired friend and colleague who was extremely proud to be an employee of the racing organization, and

Whereas, golf was among his favorite pastimes, and he played whenever the opportunity arose during his travels, and 

Whereas, Dick Tracy had an insatiable zest for life, and he treasured his friendships, especially those in his hometown of Springfield to which he returned on a regular basis, and

Whereas, he was a man of deep faith for whom religion played an important role, and

Whereas, Dick Tracy was extremely fond of his many nieces and nephews and remained close to his seven siblings, and

Whereas, he brought great joy into the lives of many persons both in Springfield and in professional auto racing, and

Whereas, while Dick Tracy’s career took him far from Springfield, he always considered this Windsor County town his true home, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the entire Tracy family who has suffered the loss of a dear brother and uncle, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative John Tracy in Burlington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont