Introduced Version House Resolution 50 History

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(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson)

On Behalf of all Members of the House

Commemorating the life of the Honorable Eustace Frederick, civic leader, business leader and innovator, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and distinguished West Virginian.

Whereas, Eustace Frederick was born on August 29, 1930, in Switchback, West Virginia, and was the son of the late Eustace and Annie Frederick, both of whom immigrated from Russia to pursue the American Dream.
He came from the most humble of circumstances in the coalfields - and he was born in what he described as "a four-room shack" in Delta Hollow - and through his personal determination and hard work, elevated himself into one of the most respected business and political leaders in southern West Virginia.
Eustace Frederick graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1948 and attended Virginia Tech on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a degree in mining engineering in 1952.
He served his country as a communications officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and later received a postgraduate diploma in business from Columbia University in New York.
A long-time employee of Consolidation Coal and retired in 1992 as Senior Vice President of Consol's Southern Appalachian Region, throughout his working years with Consol, Eustace Frederick was an innovator and a champion of safety advances in coal mining, and a pioneer of coal bed methane capture. This passion for the safety and livelihood of West Virginia's coal miners continued throughout his political career.
Among the numerous accolades which Eustace Frederick received in his life, he took special pride in playing on the only State Championship team at Elkhorn High School, and he was also named a "Centennial Sports Great" from McDowell County by the West Virginia Centennial Commission, twice awarded the Ralph E. Bailey Safety Trophy by Consolidation Coal Co., joined the Virginia Tech College of Engineering's Committee of 100 and earned their Engineering Award of Excellence, was inducted into the West Virginia Coal Association Hall of Fame, and received the Robert Francis Hamilton Award from the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce for superior community service.
Eustace Frederick was a lifelong member and devout supporter of Saint Mary's Orthodox Church in Bluefield, West Virginia and was an Archon in the Order of Saint Andrew.
He was married to Frances Q. Menodora Frederick, and had a brother, Misha Frederick, who both proceeded him in death, and he is survived by a son, Eustace Frederick III of Bluefield; a daughter, Carrie Frederick Frost and her husband Matthew of Charlottesville, Virginia; five grandchildren of whom he was particularly proud, Cyrus Jett Frederick Frost, Ann Louise Frederick Frost, Ignatius John Frederick Frost, Beatrix Marie Frederick Frost and Eliza Evelyn Frederick Frost; a brother, Daniel Frederick and his wife Frances of Blacksburg, Virginia; and dear friend and companion, Shirley Ofsa of Bluefield, Virginia.
Eustace Frederick was appointed by Gov. Gaston Caperton on October 17, 1993, to the West Virginia House of Delegates to complete the unexpired term of Delegate Bill Carper, and he served the 24th District of the House of Delegates with distinction and honor until his death, serving as Vice Chair on the Commission for Interstate Cooperation in the 78th Legislature and Vice Chair on the Committee for Economic Development and Small Business in the 75th, 76th, and 77th Legislatures.
The earthly life of Eustace Frederick ended at the age of 78 on November 6, 2008, at his residence in Bluefield, West Virginia, leaving behind a legacy of loving dedication and commitment to his family, community and state; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the members of the House of Delegates hereby express their profound sadness at the passing of one of their own, the Honorable Eustace Frederick, civic leader, business leader and innovator, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and distinguished West Virginian; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby commemorates the life of Eustace Frederick, an honest, good and decent man whose unique abilities touched the lives of many West Virginians; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, prepare certified copies of this resolution for the family of Eustace Frederick, including his son, Eustace Frederick III and his daughter, Carrie Frederick Frost.
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