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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  78

House concurrent resolution in memory of George H. Duke of Dummerston

Offered by:  Representatives Deen of Westminster, Mrowicki of Putney, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro and O'Donnell of Vernon

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, George Duke led a busy life with diverse interests, including banking, firefighting, the world of fish and game, and journalism, and

Whereas, born in Montpelier in 1934, he resided in Windham County since his youth, having graduated from Brattleboro High School, and

Whereas, after completing honorable service in the U.S. Army, George Duke began a 33-year career at the First Vermont Bank, retiring in 1992 as an assistant vice president, and 

Whereas, he served as a member, and ultimately chief, of the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire and Rescue and, in New Hampshire, as president of the New Hampshire Mutual Aid System in Keene, and

Whereas, in 1973, George Duke was presented a fire chief of the year award, and, although he resigned as West Dummerston chief in 1975, he had remained active in first responder-related matters, and

Whereas, most significantly, George Duke was a passionate hunting, fishing, and ice fishing enthusiast who devoted much of his life promoting these sports as an educator, writer, teacher, and public servant, and

Whereas, he applied his familiarity of these pursuits from 1979–1985 as a member of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board and had also served on the state’s waterfowl advisory committee, and

Whereas, for 23 years, starting in 1982, George Duke shared his encyclopaedic wildlife and sporting knowledge with his fellow enthusiasts as a Brattleboro Reformer columnist, and continued writing in the Vermont Observer until shortly before his death in February 2007, and

Whereas, Ducks Unlimited’s local chapter had elected George Duke to serve as its chair, and it had awarded him its distinguished service award, and the West Dummerston Grange also honored him with its citizenship award, and

Whereas, George Duke’s active life was brought to a sad conclusion in a wintertime automobile accident, and Janice Duke, his wife of 52 years, his children, Martin and Valerie, his four grandchildren, extended family, and many friends in the sporting community will miss his camaraderie, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of George Duke, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Janice Duke in Dummerston.




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