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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  160

House concurrent resolution in memory of William H. Leach

Offered by:  Representatives Heath of Westford, Anderson of Montpelier, Audette of S. Burlington, Westman of Cambridge, Atkins of Winooski, Aswad of Burlington, Bissonnette of Winooski, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Frank of Underhill, Godin of Milton, Head of S. Burlington, Hunt of Essex, Keogh of Burlington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, McCullough of Williston, Minter of Waterbury, Myers of Essex, Orr of Charlotte, Pearson of Burlington, Peterson of Williston, Pugh of S. Burlington, Weston of Burlington, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Mazza, Miller, Racine, Snelling

Whereas, William (Bill) Leach was a lifelong Vermonter who was born in St. Albans and graduated from the former Cathedral High School and the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, after completing his education and serving in the U.S. Navy, he held accounting positions in the private sector, and

Whereas, Bill Leach’s desire to own a business led him on a decade-long entrepreneurial odyssey as the proprietor of the Cambridge General Store, and

Whereas, for the last two decades, he had served as a much-respected agent for the New York Life Insurance Company, and

Whereas, although Bill Leach was successful and respected in the business community, his nearly quarter of a century of service and distinguished leadership on municipal and regional legislative bodies represents his true legacy to Vermont, and

Whereas, his first election to public office was to the Burlington Board of Aldermen on which he served conscientiously for three years, and

Whereas, after his family moved to Westford, Bill Leach sought to serve his new hometown, and, in 1985, he commenced a tenure of municipal service on the Westford Selectboard that was highly respected and lasted for the next 21 years, and

Whereas, upon his election to the selectboard, his stated objective was to “get involved and use his education, experience and common sense to keep the town going down the path that previous Selectboards had started on,” and

Whereas, Bill Leach’s common-sense thinking also proved useful when mediating canine conflicts, of which he reported numerous cases, and explaining to new residents residing along dirt roads the not-so-hard facts of mud season, and

Whereas, his administrative talents were recognized in short order, and, in 1988, Bill Leach was appointed to represent Westford on the Chittenden Solid Waste Board of Commissioners, and he chaired this critical panel for the last dozen years, and

Whereas, the Metropolitan Planning Organization also benefited greatly from Bill Leach’s presence on its board as Westford’s representative, and

Whereas, the secretary of state presented him with a public service award in recognition of his outstanding service on the Westford Selectboard, and

Whereas, when he stepped down from the Westford Selectboard in 2006, the annual town report was dedicated in his honor, and

Whereas, Bill Leach waged an admirable battle against brain cancer before his death on May 3rd, and his wife, Janice, four sons, Guy, Andrew, Scott, and Todd, his 11 grandchildren, and many friends in Westford and throughout Chittenden County mourn his passing, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of William H. Leach, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Janice Leach in Westford, to the Westford Selectboard, and to the Chittenden Solid Waste District in Williston.

                           Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                                                  Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                                 Clerk, House of Representatives         



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The Vermont General Assembly
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