Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 45 History

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(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegates Guthrie, White, Doyle, Anderson, Ashley, Barker, Beach, Blair, Boggs, Border, Brown, Butcher, Campbell, Cann, Canterbury, Caputo, Carmichael, Craig, Crosier, Eldridge, Ennis, Evans, Ferro, Fragale, Givens, Hartman, Hatfield, Hunt, Hutchins, Iaquinta, Klempa, Kominar, Mahan, Manchin, Marshall, Martin, Michael, Miley, Moore, Morgan, Perdue, Pethtel, Phillips, M. Poling, Reynolds, Ross, Schadler, Skaff, Spencer, Stephens, Swartzmiller, Tabb, Talbott, Varner, Walters, Webster, Wells, Williams and Wooton)

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 July 4, 1926, to Goldie Brinkman and Martin Basil; and

Whereas, As a natural patriot, upon his graduation in 1944 from 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 offices 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; and brother Jack Basil of Elkins; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to 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"; to honor Robert "Bob" Basil for his service to the State of West Virginia; 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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