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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution

     By Senator Lyons,

     S.C.R. 32.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Daniel G. Bonfigli of Essex.

Whereas, in his role as the tennis director at the Racquet’s Edge health, fitness and wellness clubs in Chittenden County, Daniel Bonfigli taught his students both the basic and more advanced elements of playing tennis, and

Whereas, scores of Vermonters were introduced to this exciting and challenging sport or improved their winning ways on the tennis court due to his expert advice and counsel, and

Whereas, Daniel Bonfigli grew up in Williston, graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School, where he played on the school’s boys’ tennis team, and in 1981, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, after graduation, he moved to Texas where he became a school teacher, returning to Vermont in 1984 to marry Kathleen Abell, and

Whereas, on earning a master’s degree from Texas A&M University, Daniel Bonfigli and his wife moved to Florida where he taught physical education at the Miami Country Day School, and

Whereas, the birth of a daughter, Gabriela, gave impetus to Daniel Bonfigli’s decision to become a stay-at-home dad and work as a personal trainer, and

Whereas, in 1994, the Bonfigli family decided to move home to Vermont, and Daniel Bonfigli started his new career as the tennis director at Racquet’s Edge, and

Whereas, his talent as a tennis instructor, for both experienced and aspiring players, was readily apparent, and

Whereas, national tennis organizations, including the USTA, USPTA, PTR, TIA and IHRSA, recognized Daniel Bonfigli’s special place among his teaching peers and honored him for his inspiring tennis accomplishments and performance, and

Whereas, in January of this year, Daniel Bonfigli was awarded the 2007 Gardner Ward Chase Memorial Bowl in recognition of “his outstanding contribution to New England tennis,” and

Whereas, the Vermont tennis community lost one of its most appreciated colleagues with the death of Daniel Bonfigli on January 29, after a year-long illness, and

Whereas, his family, including his wife, Kathleen, daughter, Gabriela, parents, George and Nelly Bonfigli of Essex, and four brothers, Edward, Michael, Andrew and Mark, and many other beloved relatives have lost a cherished individual in their lives, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Daniel Bonfigli, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kathleen Bonfigli in Essex Junction, to George and Nelly Bonfigli in Williston, and to Racquet’s Edge.


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