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NO. R-56.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Ray E. Davison of Vergennes.


Offered by:  Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District and Senator Sears of Bennington District.

Offered by:  Representatives Clark of Vergennes, Houston of Ferrisburgh and Hunt of Essex.

Whereas, Ray Davison was a dedicated public servant whose fields of endeavor included public education, municipal administration, and firefighting, and

Whereas, he grew up in the village of Orleans and graduated from the former Orleans High School before earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, Ray Davison later earned a second degree at St. Michael’s College, and

Whereas, for 35 years, he was employed as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator in one of four different school districts, and

Whereas, his administrative versatility and expertise were put to good use during his tenure as the Vergennes city manager, and

Whereas, Ray Davison dedicated countless hours over the course of his life to serving as a firefighter and teaching others this much‑needed skill, and

Whereas, he had served as 1st Deputy Chief of the Vergennes Fire Department, and in 1995, the department dedicated engine 318 in his honor in recognition of his four decades of service to the department, and

Whereas, a recognized expert on firefighting techniques, Ray Davison was a respected instructor for the state fire service training course and lectured throughout New England and in Canada, and

Whereas, he was a life member of the Vergennes Fire Department, Addison County Fire Department, and Vermont State Firefighters Association, and

Whereas, he had also operated the R.E. Davison Company, his own fire and rescue equipment sales concern, and

Whereas, aside from all his other activities, Ray Davison belonged to various fraternal and professional organizations and was a member of the Congregational Church of Vergennes, and

Whereas, his many civic roles in Vergennes and the state will long be remembered, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of Ray E. Davison, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his niece, Mrs. Joyce Adams, in Yalaha, Florida; to the Vermont State Firefighters Association; and to the Vermont Fire Service Training Council.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont