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NO. R-77.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative and Senator Gerald “Gerry” P. Morrissey of Bennington.


Offered by:  Representatives Krawczyk of Bennington, Bartlett of Dover, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Allaire of Rutland City, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bohi of Hartford, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dunsmore of Georgia, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, French of Randolph, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Marcotte of Coventry, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, McAllister of Highgate, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Morley of Barton, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Canns of Caledonia District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Whereas, former Senator Gerry Morrissey was the living embodiment of Theodore Roosevelt’s tribute to those persons willing to enter the occasionally messy political arena and fight for their beliefs, and

Whereas, his life was centered in Bennington where he was born and graduated from the Bennington Catholic High School, and

Whereas, after graduating from Castleton State College, and taking a brief sojourn to teach school in Connecticut, Gerry Morrissey returned home to enter the family construction and survey business, Gerald E. Morrissey Inc., where he later served as the corporation’s president, and

Whereas, his interest in serving his community inspired him to run for a seat on the Bennington Selectboard on which he served from 1974 to 1979, including his concluding two years as chair, and

Whereas, in 1981, following his distinguished selectboard tenure, Gerry Morrissey turned his public policy focus to educational issues when he was elected to the Bennington District School Board, and his colleagues, recognizing his managerial talents, selected him to chair the board’s finance committee, and

Whereas, in 1994, seeking to inject a new perspective into the town of Bennington’s legislative representation, he stood successfully for a seat in the House of Representatives, and after a one-term hiatus from the General Assembly, won two consecutive terms representing Bennington County in the Senate, and

Whereas, as a member of the General Assembly, Gerry Morrissey was known for expressing his opinions on matters before the legislature and never leaving his fellow members in doubt about where he stood on issues affecting all Vermonters, and

Whereas, in the course of legislative deliberations, he used his keen sense of intellect to ask probing questions, and

Whereas, while known for his toughness and commitment to causes in which he believed, Gerry Morrissey also possessed a wonderful sense of humor that could arise suddenly and enliven even the most serious debates, and

Whereas, for a dozen years, he was an active member of the Eagle Hose Fire Department, helping to extinguish local fires in the town of Bennington, and

Whereas, his interests in promoting economic development in southwestern Vermont led to Gerry Morrissey serving for many years as a member of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation, including two years as the organization’s president, and

Whereas, a concern for troubled youth in Bennington County prompted him to serve on the board of directors of the 204 Depot Street organization, and

Whereas, Gerry Morrissey was active in many fraternal organizations, including the Eagles, the Elks, and the Knights of Columbus, and he was also an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer, and

Whereas, his death marks the passing of a significant and much respected business, political, and community leader in Bennington County, and has brought much sadness to his family, including his sons Jason and Mark, his mother Phyllis, his granddaughter Emily, his three brothers, Walter, Brian, and Timothy, and his sisters, Diane Daley and Representative Mary Morrissey, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its most profound sympathies to the family of former Representative and Senator Gerald P. Morrissey of Bennington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the family of the late Gerald P. Morrissey of Bennington.    

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont