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K00938 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 938
BY: M. of A. Barrett
        CONGRATULATING   Raymond   E.   Sweeney  upon  the
        occasion of celebrating his 100th Birthday
  WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and  knowledge
to  the  increasingly  active  roles they play in today's society; their
past contributions and future participation are a  vital  part  of,  and
valuable asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the custom of this Legislative Body to commemorate
and recognize certain milestones celebrated by citizens  of  this  great
Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
congratulate Raymond E. Sweeney upon the occasion of his 100th Birthday;
  WHEREAS, A resident of Columbia County, New York, Raymond E. Sweeney
was born on May 25, 1922, in Queens; and
  WHEREAS,  Raymond E. Sweeney entered active military duty on January
21st, 1943, serving in World War II as a Technician Fifth Grade with the
848th  Ordinance  Company  in  central  Europe;  he  was   awarded   the
European-African-Middle  Eastern  Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and
the World War II Victory Medal, and was discharged on November 20, 1945;
  WHEREAS, Raymond E. Sweeney and the  former  Margaret  Mullins  were
united  in  marriage  in  October  of  1949,  and together they had four
cherished children  together:  Patricia  R.  Sweeney  Baker,  Daniel  R.
Sweeney,  Barbara  H.  Sweeney Fassett, and Susan M. Sweeney Burke; they
also have two adored grandchildren: Alison Wesolowski and Justin  Burke;
  WHEREAS,  Upon  the  completion  of his military service, Raymond E.
Sweeney returned home to his family in Queens and served with FDNY until
his retirement in 1976; he was a member of Engine Company  31  in  Lower
Manhattan  for  10  years,  and  was  appointed  Chief's Aide in the 2nd
Battalion before his promotion to Lieutenant with  the  12th  Battalion,
spending the next 10 years in Harlem; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  he  spent  his  final decade of service with
Engine Company 288 in Maspeth, Queens, and has been admiringly quoted in
saying "this is the greatest career anyone could want" in regard to  his
service with the Fire Department; and
  WHEREAS,  Raymond  E.  Sweeney, with his zest for life, has inspired
and enhanced the lives of his family and friends; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man has experienced the incredible  joys
and  sorrows  characteristic  of and reserved for those with the stamina
and courage to savor a full life; and
  WHEREAS, Raymond E. Sweeney, has enriched the lives of those  around
him  through  his  joyous  and  sincere  love for others and through the
vibrant charm and infinite wisdom which comes only from  a  fullness  of
years; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  intent  of  this Legislative Body to publicly
recognize those who have reached such a  remarkable  age  and  who  have
witnessed  and  celebrated  the  innovations, cultural developments, and
amazing achievements of this country  during  the  last  century,  while
themselves  contributing  to  the  growth  and  excellence of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
congratulate  Raymond  E.  Sweeney  upon the occasion of celebrating his
100th Birthday; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to Raymond E. Sweeney.
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