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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 201

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Washington County side judge Paul H. Guare of Montpelier

Offered by:  Representatives Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Anderson of Montpelier

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Paul Guare, a lifelong Montpelier resident, had multiple careers as a journalist, lobbyist, senior state official, side judge, and leader in the civic, commercial, and cultural life of Vermont and its capital city, and

Whereas, his early life was spent studying at the Montpelier parochial schools named for St. Michael and earning a degree in English at the similarly named institution of higher education, and

Whereas, Paul Guare served his nation in Europe as a member of the United States Army during World War II, and

Whereas, his journalistic career included both the print and broadcast media as he worked as a reporter and editor for the former Barre Times and then at the news department of radio station WSKI, and

Whereas, Paul Guare’s writing talents served him well as executive secretary of the Vermont Petroleum Association, and

Whereas, Governor Phil Hoff had the good judgment to appoint Paul Guare to several senior jobs in state government, including director of planning, director of the Vermont office of economic opportunity, and deputy commissioner of administration, and

Whereas, for over a decade, from 1975 to 1986, Paul Guare served as executive secretary of the transportation board, and many matters relating to the state’s highway system came under his purview, and

Whereas, Paul Guare twice stood successfully for election as a Washington County side judge, in which role he sat on the civil bench and helped to administer county government affairs, and

Whereas, more recently, Governor Douglas, recognizing Paul Guare’s transportation expertise, appointed him to the Vermont rail council, and

Whereas, within his hometown, Paul Guare was often referred to as Mr. Montpelier in honor of his numerous local leadership roles, including serving as chair of the city planning commission, president of the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce, chair of Montpelier on the Move, and his special contribution to the preservation of the city’s past as the founder and first president of the Montpelier Historical Society, and

Whereas, the many local initiatives Paul Guare was responsible for starting included the nighttime illumination of the State House, the establishment of the city hall war memorial, the restoring of the historic model state house, and the 1999 reenactment of Dewey Day, and

Whereas, Paul Guare’s dramatic talent was on display in the plays of the Montpelier Theater Guild and the Atlantic Theater Company, and

Whereas, his death at the age of 85 marks the passing of a great gentleman who left a legacy of unique personal accomplishments and enormous civic generosity, 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 Washington County side judge Paul Guare, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Paul Guare’s wife, Claire, and daughter, Kathryn, in Montpelier.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont