NO. R-110. House concurrent resolution honoring Jim Suskin of East Montpelier.
Offered by: Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Brooks of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier.
Offered by: Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.
Whereas, Jim Suskin was an extraordinary individual whose professional and personal activities involved many spheres of activity across the state, and
Whereas, he exuded a genuine warmth and friendliness toward everyone he met, and he loved nothing more than to see and speak with an acquaintance with whom he had not spoken for a period of time, and
Whereas, passion was Jim Suskin’s middle name as he held strong opinions on all aspects of life, be they sports, politics, or cars, and
Whereas, professionally, he was a distinguished attorney, arbitrator, and mediator, highly respected among his colleagues for his knowledge and expertise on matters related to alternative dispute resolution, and earlier in his career, served as an advocate in labor union, environmental, and civil rights disputes, and
Whereas, when not engaged in his profession, he led an extremely busy life as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, amateur athlete, and member of his community, and
Whereas, Jim Suskin was an exuberant, supportive, and endlessly patient elementary school basketball coach for many years to the children of East Montpelier, and he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Vermont Mountaineers, the Green Mountain Film Festival, and many local arts and charitable organizations, and
Whereas, Jim and his wife, Cathy, are a loving couple, parents of two daughters, Kate and Abby, and two sons, Terry and Josh, and the grandparents of Myles, and
Whereas, nothing had a higher priority in his life than his children, for whom he read bedtime stories, went on field trips and made school lunches every day, continuously, from 1970 until the last one graduated from elementary school in 2003, and
Whereas, despite his status as an expert bicyclist and despite his reputation for safe and defensive riding, the Jim Suskin so admired and loved by his family and community was severely brain injured in a bicycle accident in July 2003, and
Whereas, although the Jim Suskin who thrived on the joys of family life and the wonders of everyday living is no longer the same individual, the memories of his vibrant presence are enduring, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly honors the life and many accomplishments of Jim Suskin, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Cathy Suskin in East Montpelier.
The Vermont General Assembly
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