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NO. R-315.  House concurrent resolution honoring Henry Andrew Raymond for his tireless community service in the town of Fairfax.


Offered by:  Representatives Gilbert of Fairfax and Branagan of Georgia

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, Henry Raymond grew up in Fairfield and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Albans, but it is the town of Fairfax, where he has resided throughout his adult life, that has benefited from his role as a public official, town historian, and civic volunteer of the highest order, and

Whereas, his professional career was spent exclusively at IBM where he worked from 1957 until retiring in 1992 as a 3rd level project manager, and

Whereas, the public offices Henry Raymond has held include serving as a zoning official in the early 1960s and currently as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, however, Henry Raymond has created his most enduring legacy for the town of Fairfax through his computerizing of Fairfax’s vital records, including data pertaining to births, deaths, marriages, assisting in the mapping of local cemeteries, and serving as the unofficial Fairfax digital town crier, and

Whereas, Fairfax may be the only Vermont municipality to have computerized all of its vital records, and this data compendium is a great resource for local genealogists, and

Whereas, during the past 15 years, his newsletter has evolved into the unofficial Fairfax community website, and it reports all the events in Fairfax, attracting nearly 1,000 visits daily, and

Whereas, Henry Raymond voluntarily maintains other Internet sites featuring Fairfax’s selectboard minutes and development review board meeting reports, links to the local school board minutes, a unique photo montage of town events supplemented with descriptive narratives, the Fairfax Historical Society (where he has served as vice president since 1997), and a site for area IBM retirees, and

Whereas, Henry Raymond maintains a voluntary relationship with the St. Albans Messenger enabling him to serve as the newspaper’s source of information for Fairfax community events, and

Whereas, his extensive and still-growing photo collection of the town’s events and personalities is being digitalized on CDs for historic preservation, and

Whereas, St. Luke’s Church has long been a special place for Henry Raymond, and he has served in many leadership roles at the church and he, of course, maintains a website for the congregation, and

Whereas, as one Fairfax town official has stated through his forum (website), Henry Raymond “not only portrays a sense of humor, but a contentment with who he is, what he has, and how thankful and grateful he feels for the life he’s had,” and

Whereas, every Vermont town should be so lucky to have its own Henry Raymond, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Henry Andrew Raymond for his tireless community service in the town of Fairfax, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Henry Raymond in Fairfax.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont