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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  54

House concurrent resolution honoring J. Douglas Webb for his life of community service in the town of Fairfax and in Franklin County

Offered by:  Representatives Gilbert of Fairfax and Branagan of Georgia

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, J. Douglas “Doug” Webb of Fairfax has resided in this Franklin County community since his birth in 1922, and

Whereas, he is a hardy dairy farmer, still extremely active at the age of 84, who has devoted his life to serving his community, and

Whereas, a graduate of BFA Fairfax, Doug Webb still recalls fondly his playing on the championship 1939 state soccer team when he watches his grandchildren’s games, and

Whereas, town government played a pivotal role relatively early in his life when he journeyed to neighboring Fairfield, in which a few acres of his farm are located, to record the farm’s deed, and

Whereas, at the clerk’s office, Doug Webb met Nellie Burnor, who worked for the clerk, and two years later, in 1948, they were married,  and

Whereas, they were married for 55 years until her death in 2003, and they were the parents of three children, James, Dale, and Linda, and the grandparents of four grandchildren, Garrett, Brook, Daniel, and Stephanie, and

Whereas, Doug Webb has served the citizens of Fairfax in several important capacities, including 40 years as a selectboard member, a post to which he was initially appointed; over two decades as town service and health officer; as a former overseer of the poor during the era when the town of Fairfax was associated with the Bakersfield Poor Farm; and most recently, as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, in recognition of his laudable career as a local citizen public servant, Doug Webb was selected as the 2005 recipient of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has also been inducted into the secretary of state’s town officials hall of fame, and

Whereas, aside from town government, he has continued a close association with the Franklin County Field Days, having served as the event’s first chair, and

Whereas, the Vermont Maple Festival committee has benefited from his wise advice for many years, and

Whereas, Doug Webb, a truly remarkable and wonderful human being, is retiring from town government service on town meeting day 2007, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors J. Douglas Webb for his life of community service in the town of Fairfax and in Franklin County, and be it further

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

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont