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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  40

House concurrent resolution in memory of Brian Lawrence Wrigley

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Whereas, Brian Wrigley and the citizens of Northfield had a deep and abiding mutual friendship that extended back over several decades, and

Whereas, his special life was marked by leadership in his community, church, and civic organizations, and

Whereas, Brian Wrigley was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and he attended the University of Vermont from which he graduated with a major in botany and taxonomy, continued his education at the University of Connecticut where he earned a master’s degree in botany, and more recently had been pursuing further studies toward a doctorate, and

Whereas, from 1973 to 1978, Brian Wrigley served as the principal of the South Royalton schools prior to his decision to become a full-time general contractor as the owner of Old Red Mill Builders LLC in Northfield, and

Whereas, Brian Wrigley served as chair of the board of the St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte and applied his best construction skills when he moved, with great care, a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes from storage to its new home at the shrine overlooking Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, his Rotary roles had included service as president of the Northfield Rotary and being named a Paul Harris Fellow, and he had sat as a board member of the Northfield Historical Society, and

Whereas, Brian Wrigley, a three-time iron man at the Sugarbush Triathlon, was an enthusiastic athlete whose sporting interests included biking, hiking, skiing, and windsurfing, and he enjoyed other outdoor activities, including bird watching and gardening, and

Whereas, he loved spending time with his family at their camp on Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, many children in Northfield considered Brian Wrigley a second father, and this was demonstrated when Northfield schools were closed to allow the students, as well as staff and faculty, to attend the memorial mass celebrated following his death at age 62, and

Whereas, his wife, Cynthia, his son, Justin, daughter, Mary, his three grandchildren, and other family members have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and the entire town has lost a special community member, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Brian Wrigley, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Cynthia Wrigley in Northfield.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont