Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 26 History

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(By Delegate Guthrie)

Requesting the Division of Highways name the 36th Street Bridge, Charleston, West Virginia, otherwise identified as bridge 20-60/20-0.14, number 2565, as the "Bob Basil Memorial Bridge".

Whereas, Robert "Bob" Wayne Basil was born on the Fourth of July, 1926, to Goldie Brinkman and Martin Basil; and

Whereas, As a natural patriot, upon his graduation in 1944 from Davis & Elkins High School, he joined the United States Navy and served two years in the Pacific; and

Whereas, After earning a degree in business administration from Davis & Elkins College in 1950, Bob Basil embarked on a thirty-five year career in public service, with positions in the West Virginia State Office of the Budget, Auditor, and Legislative Auditor; and

Whereas, During legislative sessions, he served as Clerk of the House Finance Committee; and

Whereas, Bob Basil served under eight chairs of the House Finance Committee and seven speakers of the House of Delegates. During his tenure in state government, he served under nine Governors; and

Whereas, For twenty years after his retirement in 1988, Bob Basil continued to volunteer his time to the House Finance Committee during legislative sessions; and

Whereas, Former House Speaker Robert Kiss said the impact of Bob Basil's knowledge was immeasurable. "Bob's knowledge of the budget, indeed the donation of his time, was instrumental in training several decades of house finance chairs, all of whom will miss him dearly"; and

Whereas, Bob Basil was affectionately known to many at the State Capitol as "Budget Analyst Extraordinaire"; and

Whereas, Bob Basil was recognized in 1996 by the House of Delegates for his service and was named "Outstanding West Virginian" by then-Governor Gaston Caperton; and

Whereas, A noted gardener and genuine friend, Bob Basil was also known for his generous heart and spirited humor; and

Whereas, Bob Basil always found time to explain the budget process to new members of the Legislature and especially to new members of the Finance Committee; and

Whereas, The State of West Virginia sustained a great loss with the passing of Bob Basil on July 10, 2008, at Hubbard House, Charleston, West Virginia, due to pancreatic cancer; and

Whereas, Bob Basil is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Eileen Knapp Basil; daughter, Mary Jane Sullivan and her husband Jay, of Boca Raton, Florida; grandchildren, Jamie Sullivan
and Kelly (Walter) Burton; and great-grandson, Walter "Beau" Burton, IV, all of Florida; sister Effie Kniley; and brother Jack Basil, both of Elkins; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:

That it is fitting, to honor Robert "Bob" Wayne Basil for his service to the State of West Virginia by naming said bridge otherwise identified as bridge 20-60/20-0.14, number 2565, as the "Bob Basil Memorial Bridge"; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying said bridge as the "Bob Basil Memorial Bridge"; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the family of Robert "Bob" Wayne Basil.
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