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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  126

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative J. Russell Carpenter and of M. Ellen Carpenter

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senators Hartwell and Sears

Whereas, two distinguished members of the Carpenter family of Bennington died this past year, and

Whereas, J. Russell Carpenter was an admired civic leader in the town of Bennington and throughout Vermont, and

Whereas, he graduated from the former Bennington High School and later attended the University of Vermont and Siena College, and

Whereas, during the closing months of the Second World War, and until 1947, J. Russell Carpenter was a member of the United States Navy, and

Whereas, he was extremely proud of his naval service, and for many years he belonged to the Tin Can Sailors, an organization comprised of former naval personnel who were stationed on destroyers, and he was also a member of American Legion Post 13 in Bennington, and

Whereas, J. Russell Carpenter was the proprietor of his family’s business, T.A. Carpenter & Sons Lumber, Hardware and Paint in Bennington, and

Whereas, religion played an important role in his family, and he was a parishioner of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington and was also a local and state leader in the Knights of Columbus, and

Whereas, beginning in 1988, J. Russell Carpenter embarked on a public service career when he was elected to the first of two terms in the House of Representatives, and

Whereas, following Representative Carpenter’s legislative service, Governor Dean appointed him to serve on the Vermont State Lottery Commission, and Governor Douglas reappointed him to this panel, and

Whereas, his role as a lottery regulator took him beyond Vermont during his tenure on the Tri-State Lottery Commission on which he served a term as chair, and

Whereas, news of former Representative Carpenter’s death in June 2006 was received with great sadness in Bennington and among his many friends throughout northern New England, and

Whereas, his daughter, M. Ellen Carpenter, died tragically in Boston at the age of 52, exactly six months after her father’s passing, and

Whereas, she had a distinguished career as a federal attorney in Washington, D.C. and Boston, and, in more recent years, as a private sector bankruptcy law practitioner in Boston, and

Whereas, M. Ellen Carpenter served as the first president of the Boston Bar Association who specialized in the bankruptcy legal field, and she was selected to act as the hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers in a highly publicized 2005 legal ethics case, and

Whereas, her untimely passing brought public statements of condolence from leading state and federal judges in Massachusetts and from prominent members of the legal community nationwide, and

Whereas, Russell Carpenter’s wife, Mary Elaine, and her surviving children, Patricia and her husband Robert Bolduc, John and his wife, Sylvia, and Theodore and his wife, Anne Chantal, and three grandchildren, Jesse and Sean Carpenter and Elizabeth Bolduc, are left with wonderful memories of their two departed family members, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of former Representative J. Russell Carpenter of Bennington and M. Ellen Carpenter, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Elaine Carpenter of Bennington.




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