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NO. R-399.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former Bennington County Assistant Judge Ezekiel S. Cross.


Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Corcoran of Bennington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington and Livingston of Manchester

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross resided throughout his life in the town of Shaftsbury, but his decades of civic service extended statewide and continued to his dying day, and

Whereas, his youth was spent on his family’s Hardwood Hill dairy farm, and he later attended Berkshire College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and

Whereas, in the private sector, Ezekiel Cross had a 40‑year association with the Bennington Banner, and for three decades he was a partner with his wife in Mary Lou’s Bakery, and

Whereas, at Town Meeting Day in 1964, Ezekiel Cross was first elected to the Shaftsbury Selectboard, and he remained a member of this municipal governing body for the next nine years, and

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross’s perceptive administrative skills were applied to the town’s voter registration process and its review of property tax appeals through his membership on the board of civil authority, on which he sat both as a selectman and also for 15 years as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, his talents as a public official were recognized beyond Shaftsbury’s borders, and in 1988, Ezekiel Cross was elected Bennington County high bailiff introducing him to the county’s court system, and

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross’s experience as high bailiff was useful preparation for his subsequent tenure as a Bennington County assistant judge, and he attended the Judicial College in Nevada in order to better understand the duties of a civil trial judge, and

Whereas, several state government panels, including the health policy council, the lottery commission, and, most recently, the medical practice board, were fortunate to have the governor appoint Ezekiel Cross to participate in their respective organizations’ deliberations, and

Whereas, he was a local officer in several community organizations including the Grange, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the American Association of Retired Persons, and Ezekiel Cross also was a leader in the State Association of Judges and its national counterpart, and

Whereas, Ezekiel Cross’s death at the age of 76 concluded the life of an outstanding Vermont citizen whose survivors include Mary Lou Cross, his wife of 54 years, son Peter Cross and his wife Paula Cross, two daughters, Kimberly Bessette and her husband Stephen Bessette and Doris Bigart and her friend Michael Lemieux, daughter-in-law Pamela Cross, the wife of the couple’s late son Alan, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and his mother-in-law, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sympathies to the family of former Bennington Assistant Judge Ezekiel Cross, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Lou Cross in Shaftsbury.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont