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NO. R-85.  House concurrent resolution in memory of John D. Flory Jr.


Offered by:  Representative Sunderland of Rutland Town

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, John Flory’s entire life was centered in Rutland County, and especially the community of Rutland Town, where he was a leading entrepreneur and popular public official, and

Whereas, he grew up in Rutland Town and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, and

Whereas, Flory’s Diner and Snackbar in Center Rutland was an eatery he established in 1971, where customers could purchase a hearty meal, could chat with John Flory while he prepared food in his own unique culinary style, or could visit the backyard animals, including the cats and goats, and

Whereas, although he was certainly a successful businessman, John Flory was perhaps even better known for his numerous public roles, and in particular, his stellar career in law enforcement, and

Whereas, he served as Rutland Town’s second constable beginning in 1975 and, in 1994, succeeded his brother Anthony as first constable, and

Whereas, even before his appointment as Rutland Town’s second constable, John Flory had served as a Rutland County deputy sheriff, a position he assumed in 1965, and his 40-plus years on the county force were longer than any other Rutland deputy, and

Whereas, his desire to protect the community was not limited to law enforcement activities as John Flory was a proud charter member of the Rutland Town volunteer fire department, and

Whereas, John Flory’s public roles were hardly limited to those of deputy sheriff, constable, and firefighter as he served in a host of elected and appointed municipal offices, and

Whereas, the citizens of Rutland Town elected him to a seat on the selectboard and as a lister, and

Whereas, his law enforcement expertise was put to good use as both Rutland Town’s animal control and emergency management officer, and

Whereas, the pride John Flory took in serving as a law enforcement officer was epitomized on his car’s registration plate which read “Cop John,” and

Whereas, his death brought great sadness to his wife, Louise, his daughter, Judith, son, John, three grandchildren, and the Rutland County law enforcement community which turned out in large numbers and full regalia at his funeral to say goodbye to a valued colleague and friend, and

Whereas, in John Flory’s memory, the former Holiday Drive in Rutland Town has been renamed Cop John Drive, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sympathies to the family of John Flory, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Louise Flory in Rutland Town, the Rutland Town fire department, the clerk of Rutland Town, and the Rutland County sheriff’s department.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont