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NO. R-92.  JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Albert Rich of Fairfax.

(H.C.R.59)

Offered by:  Representatives Dunsmore of Georgia and Branagan of Georgia.

Offered by:  Senator Collins of Franklin District.

Whereas, in May of 2004, the town of Fairfax lost one of its most illustrious citizens when Albert Rich died, and

Whereas, he resided in the town of Fairfax for nearly a century and graduated with the class of 1925 from Bellows Free Academy–Fairfax, and he remained loyal to his alma mater throughout his life and was a trustee at the time of his death, and

Whereas, his acquaintance with his neighbors extended beyond their lifetimes as Albert Rich was a licensed funeral director for many years and had the distinction of being the oldest person in Vermont to hold this professional accreditation, and

Whereas, in partnership with his wife Harriet, to whom he was married for 63 years, he operated the A.W. Rich Funeral Home from 1947 until 1971, and

Whereas, Albert Rich was a dedicated public servant who served in many capacities on behalf of the town of Fairfax, and

Whereas, he improved the town’s ability to fight fires when he helped organize the Fairfax Fire Department which he headed as chief for 14 years, and

Whereas, Albert Rich was respected in the community and elected for multiple terms as both a selectboard member and justice of the peace, and

Whereas, among his other municipal roles were his tenure as a member of  the Fairfax Zoning Board, his work as a town service officer, and his efforts to make the municipal sewer system a reality, and

Whereas, Albert Rich served as president of the Fairfax Cemetery Association, and was a 73-year member of the Lamoille Lodge No. 6 F. & A.M., and

Whereas, he was a long-time member of both the Fairfax Historical Society and the United Church of Fairfax, and

Whereas, in recognition of his many decades of outstanding public service, the 2005 Fairfax Town Report is dedicated in his memory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of Albert Rich and recognizes his dedicated public service on behalf of the town of Fairfax, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the family of Albert W. Rich.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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